Garfield Glen Breaks Ground

After much anticipation, Garfield Glen had its official groundbreaking ceremony this morning.

Partners in the project and public officials including Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Councilman Ricky Burgess, and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle grabbed shovels to symbolically break the ground at one Garfield Glen site on Dearborn Street.

 

Garfield Glen, an affordable rental development, is a joint initiative of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and S&A homes. It will consist of 45 rental units, which will be a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom Energy Star-rated homes.

The units will be located on sites throughout Garfield between N. Mathilda and N. Atlantic.

Garfield Glen will be open for rent to households earning less than $35,000 for a family of five, $32,000 for a family of four, $29,000 for a family of three or $26,000 for a two-person household.

Computer Training Opportunities

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation/Pittsburgh Connects, in partnership with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, is proud to offer the following trainings:

Microsoft Word Basics (Tuesday, February 14th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Microsoft Word can be used to build resumes; create calendars; design business cards, mailing labels, schedules, budgets, fliers, certificates; and much more. This course will teach you how to justify text, create columns, customize borders, and insert WordArt and pictures.

Resume Writing (Friday, February 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) A resume is a vital component of every job search. This training, conducted by Walter Fortson (author of Resume Writing Without Paid Work Experience), will teach you how to make your resume as effective as possible.

Microsoft Excel Basics (Tuesday, February 21st from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Microsoft Excel uses a grid of cells arranged in numbered rows and letter-named columns to organize data. Excel can be used to manage finances while creating a budget or operate business expenses while keeping inventory. This course will teach you how to work with a spreadsheet, create and manage a budget, and input basic formulas.

Microsoft PowerPoint Basics (Tuesday, February 28th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program that is used to  easily create powerful professional presentations. From simple to advanced designs, PowerPoint will provide the tools you need to present any type of information on any subject to any type or size audience.

All trainings will be held at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty (130 S. Whitfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206). To register:  E-mail your name and phone number to EastLibertyTrainings@gmail.com (tell us which class you want to take) or call 412-254-4007.

 

Pittsburgh’s Steps

N. Pacific Avenue steps in Garfield

The Sprout Fund has issued a Request for Proposals for projects involving the steps of Pittsburgh – one of our city’s most interesting features. Find out which projects might qualify and how to apply here.

LIHEAP Crisis Center Opens Downtown

The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis Program Center is now open at the downtown location, One Smithfield Street, First Floor, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The tentative closing date for the site is March 30. However, the program may be extended or shortened depending upon the availability of federal funds. During the cold-weather season, LIHEAP Crisis provides assistance to low-income households that are experiencing heating emergencies, including no heat, lack of deliverable fuels – heating oil, propane and kerosene – and heating system and fuel line repairs and replacements.

In order to qualify for LIHEAP Crisis, an applicant must have an emergency situation caused by the utility service to the home being turned off and locked, being without fuel, having broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced; and have a household income at or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty income level. For a family of two, this is an annual income no greater than $22,065.

Applicants must also provide proof of their heating emergency, such as a letter from the utility company stating that the utility has been shut off; proof of Social Security numbers for all household members; and proof of gross income for a minimum of the last 90 days (more in some situations) for all household members. Proof of income for the last 30 days is required for fixed income clients, such as Social Security or Cash Assistance recipients.