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IN THIS ISSUE:

Making Homeownership a Reality for Our Neighbors 
High School Students Practice Budgeting and Spending Skills
Reflecting on Dorothy Mae Richardson’s Legacy
Upcoming Workshops
Making Homeownership a Reality for Our Neighbors
We are pleased to report that more than 100 people have closed on homes in Allegheny County with the help of the NeighborhoodLIFT down-payment assistance program. Justin, a NeighborhoodLIFT customer who recently purchased a home in South Fayette Township, shared his journey to homeownership.

Since high school, Justin knew he wanted to be a homeowner. With a full college scholarship, he was well on his way. But depression caused him to withdraw from school, postponing that dream. He eventually overcame his depression and finished his degree. Today, he’s a resident care advisor with a local health care provider, working with patients diagnosed with Down Syndrome, autism, dementia, and OCD. “All my hard work paid off when I finally was in a position to purchase a home,” Justin said. “Without NeighborWorks, my purchase would not have been feasible.”  

While all NeighborhoodLIFT funds for Allegheny County are currently reserved, a limited amount of additional funds may become available again soon. Please check this webpage at 9:00 a.m. on Mon., March 9, to learn whether funds are available. NeighborhoodLIFT funds are first-come, first-served; there is no wait list or queue for this program. Should additional funds become available, we do not expect them to last long. When the program released additional funds on Feb. 10, they were reserved in less than an hour.

NeighborhoodLIFT helped Justin purchase his first home. “I was treated with total respect and dignity by…the NeighborWorks team. They are a first-class organization who I am greatly indebted to and forever thankful for."
High School Students Practice Budgeting and Spending Skills

On the snowy morning of Feb. 13, NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania (NWWPA) staff visited New Brighton High School to conduct household budgeting and spending exercises for more than 170 sophomores and seniors. Students divided into groups, based on career options, then created a budget and made spending decisions for a simulated person with a job in that field. They made choices on post-secondary training and education, savings, housing, food, transportation, and technology. The experience allowed students to see how life decisions have an impact on budget and saving opportunities from graduation to retirement. Shortly after the event, New Brighton High School invited NWWPA to return in the 2020-2021 school year.

NWWPA’s Youth Financial Experience program is funded by Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which provides tax credits to eligible businesses that contribute to approved educational programs. In FY2019, NWWPA partnered with public, private, and charter schools to teach more than 800 teens critical budgeting, saving, and financial management skills, supplementing the education provided in area school districts.

High schools interested in participating in our Youth Financial Experience program can email NWWPA’s Education Team or call Education Specialist Jarid Shipley at (412) 281-1100 ext. 130. 

NWWPA staff members with Aimee Young, New Brighton High School’s guidance counselor (second from right), following the training.
Reflecting on Dorothy Mae Richardson’s Legacy
More than 50 years ago, when our founder Dorothy Mae Richardson and her neighbors set out to improve their North Charles Street neighborhood in the Northside, at a time when discriminatory lending practices and urban renewal policies threatened to destroy their community, they probably never imagined inspiring a national movement. But that’s what they did. By bringing together residents, government officials, and more than a dozen banks, they not only saved their neighborhood, but created a model of resident-led community development replicated in other cities, leading to the establishment of NeighborWorks America. 

Richardson is among the many African Americans who have made tremendous contributions to the field of community development. 
As we celebrate Black History Month, we’d like to share a few articles and videos about Richardson and her impact on the Northside, Pittsburgh and the nation:

Dorothy Mae Richardson: A Visionary
NeighborWorks America

Dorothy Mae Richardson & the Beginning of NeighborWorks America
NeighborWorks America

North Side woman saw injustice and made her own power
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Northside Native Leaves Her Impact
The Northside Chronicle
Dorothy Mae Richardson and her neighbors created a resident-led community development model in Pittsburgh that inspired a national movement.
Upcoming Workshops
Homebuyer Education Workshop
Learn how to shop for a home, navigate loan options, and plan for down payment and closing costs. Loan officers, real estate agents, home inspectors, and insurance reps cover everything from credit to closing. This workshop fulfills the education requirement of homebuyer assistance programs such as First Front Door, Housing Opportunity Fund, and NeighborhoodLIFT, as well as certain mortgage products.

Date: March 7 | 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: NWWPA’s HomeOwnership Center 
Sponsor: Union Savings Bank

Please note: We require advance registration for all workshops.
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Can’t attend our full-day Homebuyer Education Workshop? We’ve partnered with eHome to provide online homebuyer education and remote counseling. 
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