OAKLAND PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Rating: 4.82 stars   11 reviews

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Location: 235 Atwood Street Pittsburgh PA 15213 USA

Mission: OPDC is a community-based organization that engages in planning and development activities that contribute to the vitality of Oakland. It accomplishes this mission by: ■ Encouraging reinvestment in and stabilization of the community through real estate development, commercial revitalization, home ownership, and meeting the needs of low-income households, the elderly, and the special needs population; ■ Encouraging community resident participation in the planning process, fostering cooperation among the various constituencies in Oakland, and strengthening Oakland as a viable residential community; ■ Helping people in Oakland and surrounding communities become better able to compete in the job market and assisting them with job placements.
Geographic areas served: All four Oakland neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh - Central, North, South, and West
Programs: Real Estate Development, Community Organizing and Volunteer Engagement, Property Management, Workforce Development, Neighborhood Planning
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Rating: 5 stars  

Community Human Services has been partnering with OPDC to provide housing to folks in need for ten years. I became a board member because of that incredible service partnership.

I think OPDC is a perfect example of how Community Development Corporations should be working in neighborhoods. The organization understands the critical interplay of housing, community coalitions and service provision. I regularly work with service providers that have no relationship with their CDC and in some cases talk about an environment of conflict with them. Oakland is lucky to have a visionary CDC that values partnership.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Engaging those who live, work and play in sustaining a vibrant Oakland neighborhood

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their budget so they could implement more facade improvement projects and promote more university housing.

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Thanks for this review. We truly value the strong partnership we have with Community Human Services!