Emergency relief fund makes first grants

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Pittsburgh's Neighbor-Aid program -- an emergency relief fund launched in December to provide extra money to people reeling from the global financial crisis -- announced its first grants today to local human services agencies.

A special committee of the collaborative fund issued a total of $601,000 in grants to 10 local agencies serving people in Neighbor-Aid's core target areas, covering housing, food, utilities and transportation needs. It is a joint fund managed by the Pittsburgh Foundation, the United Way of Allegheny County, philanthropist Elsie Hillman and Allegheny County's Department of Human Services.

About $895,000 has been contributed to the fund from foundations and individuals, with more than $290,000 left. The grants committee will meet again in March.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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