“The CARL Program is a great opportunity to buy in an area you grew up in or buy a blighted home that you can make your own.”

– Anthony, CARL Program

Anthony is a native of Pittsburgh (from “The Hill”) who is enrolled in school at Chatham to obtain his MBA.

When Anthony was looking to purchase a home, he was looking for an up-and-coming area that was also affordable for a first-time home buyer. He found a home he liked in Hazelwood, however it needed substantial work. Using the CARL Program, Anthony was able to purchase his Hazelwood home and complete repairs to the interior and exterior of the home, including redoing the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and deck.

“In my line of work, being able to get around is important to success. As someone [previously] from ‘The Hill’, I’m very happy that this program is being offered in the community.”

– Gibson, Ways to Work Program

Gibson is a Navy Veteran currently employed as a Health Care Technician at a local VA Medical Center.

Prior to receiving the Ways to Work Loan through Community Growth Fund, Gibson was riding a bus ten miles a day, with a one-hour commute, to and from work. Through the Ways to Work program, he was able to purchase a 2010 Chevy Cobalt, which cut his daily commute time by over half, and allowed him to be mobile in other aspects of his life.

“The Ways to Work program has allowed me to grow in my career and chase my passions, while being the best version of myself. This program is important to helping people grow and improve their position in life.”

– Monica, Ways to Work Program

Monica is a Master Carver and Team Leader at Boston Market.

Receiving a Ways to Work loan has allowed Monica to be more mobile, allowing her to work and lead teams at multiple Boston Market stores. Monica, who has a passion for preparing food, plans on eventually owning her own restaurant.

“Hill Community Development Corporation is appreciative of the support of CGF to provide funds to acquire and stabilize the former Buice’s Salon while we finalize the construction funding.”

– Hill CDC, PRE-SAL Program

Barbara and Napoleon Buice owned and operated the salon at 2158 Wylie Avenue for almost 40 years, and at the same time lived above their business. Hill CDC is excited to rehabilitate this structure to once again serve the community.  The upper floors will be converted to affordable apartments that will add to the critical mass of artists on this block. The redevelopment of the physical assets will provide a base for the re-establishment of the cultural assets.