In many Pittsburgh neighborhoods the poverty rate is well over 30%. In total 69,120 Pittsburghers (22.6%) live at or below the income limit for the Federal Poverty Guidelines, according to the 2013 U.S. Census estimates. To give you an idea of how much (or little) that is, the official poverty line for a family of four is $24,250 per year or less.
The divide between lower income populations and the middle-to-upper income populations is growing and not just in numbers. We desire a smart, and personal solution to these problems, which is why Circles works great in this very relational
community. Here neighborly connection and innovation are key components of what makes Pittsburgh the great place that it is.
Circles Greater Pittsburgh is being developed by East Liberty Development Inc. (ELDI), a successful Community Based Organization in Pittsburgh’s East End. Over the past 20 years, ELDI and many community partners have guided the once blighted neighborhood of East Liberty into the national spotlight, and ultimately fulfilling the vision set forth in the late 1990s to create a “mixed-income destination neighborhood.” Circles Greater Pittsburgh’s lead funding is now through the Heinz Endowments, along with many other generous foundations and business partners.
Circles Groups currently exist in Turtle Creek, McKeesport, East Liberty and Sharpsburg, and several other sites are in the process of being developed. Circles Greater Pittsburgh is an effort to create lots of sustainable Circles Groups throughout the region. The Chapter assists Circles Groups through coordination of trainings, resources, fundraising, and other important functions necessary for successful Circles Groups.