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  

1 person found this review helpful

OPDC never operates in a silo. The excellent work done in real estate development, job development and training, and community organizing is a true partnership with residents, employers, and educational institutions. OPDC continues to partner with other community based organizations including Community Human Services and Oakland Transportation Management Association to reach common community goals. The staff of OPDC are qualified and dedicated, consistently delivering a very high quality end product.

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

attending Open House's of real estate development and volunteering for community organizing events. The end product is a very real transformation of the Oakland community.

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

Expand on excellent programs such as JobLinks that are delivering consistent results

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved as a community volunteer and board member of OPDC for nearly a decade. It is hard to imagine Oakland without OPDC. They have rehabilitated and built scores of owner occupied homes throughout Oakland's diverse neighborhoods. They manage a portfolio of well maintained and affordable apartments. They have helped hundreds of neighbors in Oakland and nearby communities to help themselves by providing real world job training and career placement services through JobLInks. Through their community organizing program, they have made Oakland a better place with programs such as Keep it Clean Oakland and the Dumpster Program. They work hand in hand with other community based non-profits such as the Oakland Community Council, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Oakland Business Improvement District, and Community Human Services. Most importantly, OPDC cares about our community and its residents and they work hard every day to make Oakland a great place to live.

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

Seeing homes and entire streets transformed through rehabilitation, new construction, and the facade grant program. Crews of 100+ student volunteers out on a cold winter morning to pick up dozens of garbage bags of trash. The expression of pride in a graduate of JobLinks who is able to support themselves and their family. Knowing that there is an organization to turn to in times of need.

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

Increase capacity and funding. Empower OPDC to make an even greater difference in the community to promote home ownership and reinvestment, develop career skills, enhance quality of life, and make Oakland one of Pittsburgh's most attractive and desirable neighborhoods.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through neighbors involved in it.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Work alongside a developer to reinvest in new housing in South Oakland.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To help Oakland reach is fullest potential.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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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!