Rebuilding Pittsburgh

September 22, 2014

Earlier this month, veterans from The Mission Continues Pittsburgh Service Platoon and Heinz volunteers teamed up with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh to provide support for a rehabilitation project on an abandoned four story property in Hazelwood — a low-income neighborhood located a few miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

In just a few hours, volunteers sanded, primed and painted interior rooms including all doors, ceilings and windows. They also replaced floorboards, installed drywall in bathrooms and rehabbed a four-car garage. In the future, the property will be resold to a low-income family in need of a home.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh has rehabbed five other houses on the block and is dedicated to improving the stability of the neighborhood.

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Sponsored by The Heinz Endowments and Highmark, The Mission Continues Pittsburgh Service Platoon is focusing on community revitalization in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Hazelwood is undergoing a riverfront brownfield redevelopment project and the Pittsburgh Service Platoon is mobilizing local veterans to build community members’ sense of ownership and pride in the redesign of their neighborhood.  The veterans of the Pittsburgh Service Platoon will support Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh in early stage housing rehabilitation. Their overall vision is to inspire community members and supporters with their energy, passion, and skills.  

If you’re a veteran, active duty, guardsmen or reservists join a Service Platoon in your city today.