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August 07, 2013

Tribune-Review: A Stabilization Team for Pittsburgh

Still from Federal Reserve Board video on the NST Web App

Using the Neighborhood Stabilization Team of Cleveland as a model, officials and community developers in Pittsburgh are hoping to reduce urban blight and encourage community improvement, as reported by TribLive Neighborhoods in "'Stabilization team' to study west Frankstown area" on August 6, 2013. The Penn Hills Neighborhood Stabilization Team has examined what Cleveland has done, including efforts by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and its NEO CANDO system.

"Cleveland has done it," said University of Pittsburgh research specialist Robert Gradeck. "What we're proposing is along the lines of a 'neighborhood stabilization model' in Cleveland: assembling as much information as possible about the area." The story discusses Cleveland's Neighborhood Stabilization Team (NST) which includes policy experts from the Poverty Center.

The work done by NST was showcased in a Federal Reserve Board video cited in the article including quotes from Michael Schramm, a research associate and programmer at the Poverty Center. "You want to deal with what's bad, near what's good, because resources are finite," said Schramm in the video. "We can't intervene in every foreclosure. But if we do something strategic, asset-based, we can start to make a difference."

Read also about the Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.