The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh recently broke ground on a Workforce Housing Project that will provide transitional housing to 6 Apprentice in Training program participants at a time in need of stable and safe housing while they complete training and seek employment. We are thrilled to see our grantee and past Healthy Neighborhood Quality of Life awardee make an incredible impact and implement creative solutions to complex problems within the Pittsburgh community.
Partners, supporters, apprentices and graduates of TIP’s training program gathered recently at the groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the progress of the current workforce housing project and share how its full implementation will drastically increase access to opportunities for future participants and graduates of their program. This transitional housing will allow apprentices in training to stabilize, save money, and prepare for independent living while simultaneously gaining construction and carpentry skills as they renovate and maintain the house. This model addresses the pervasive issues of finding affordable housing for people who have criminal records. It provides the individuals housed with the opportunity to learn renovation, home repair, and maintenance skills, in addition to what they are learning through their training program; and it pilots a model that if successful, the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh can expand to other houses and other training/program providers can replicate.
Watch the video below to hear about the importance of transitional workforce housing to TIP participants! Speakers at the event included State Senator Jay Costa, State Representative Ed Gainey, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor Bill Peduto, Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess, Director of Western Region PHFA Ali Tomich, URA Housing Department Director Tom Cummings, TIP Instructor Cameron Meadows, ACTION-Housing, INC. Executive Director Larry Swanson, and our very own Chief Operating Officer Stephanie Chernay.
We recently broke ground on an exciting new project for TIP: Short-term housing for our students as they enter the workforce. This is a vital link in helping them get on their feet as they learn a trade, integrate back into society, and move up in the world. We celebrated the morning with a room full of friends and supporters!
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Posted by Trade Institute of Pittsburgh on Monday, February 10, 2020
The day of the groundbreaking also served as a celebration for two recent graduates of the program and provided visitors with the opportunity to see the workspace and the projects of current participants, as well as tour the inside of the duplex. Some Neighborhood Allies team members even got to learn how to lay a brick!
The project thus far has garnered immense support. Apart from our $75,000 investment in 2018, TIP has leveraged an additional $525,000 from a variety of other funders and partners in order to bring this project to life. Great progress has been made on the physical building, as well. A new roof has been added, internal demolition has been completed, and design is well underway. Next steps include replacing siding and beginning internal electrical work. We can’t wait to see the finished product!
The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh is here to improve the lives of men and women with significant barriers to employment through the power of lifelong skill building and job opportunities. Their vision is to impact and improve systemic discrimination and lack of options for men and women through strong skills training, mainstream employment, and entrepreneurship.