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THE PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION AWARDS $195,000 TO HELP SOLVE HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS, HELP WITH FUEL BILLS

 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Foundation recently awarded grants exceeding $195,000 to help Allegheny County residents pay their winter fuel bills and to help solve hunger and homelessness in the community, the foundation said today.
 Nearly $20,000 was given to Highlands Community Action Committee, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Rankin Christian Center, and several other organizations, who will use the money to help elderly and needy residents pay their fuel bills this winter. These fuel assistance grants are distributed annually by the Foundation from funds donated as long as 100 years ago for this purpose.
 Following a request for proposals in August, the foundation also awarded grants totaling $175,856 from the Hunger and Homeless Fund to 15 agencies that are addressing unmet needs in the areas of hunger and homelessness in Allegheny County. Since 1990, the Hunger and Homeless Fund has distributed more than $468,000 in grants.
 The following are among the latest grants:
 -- Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank - $23,855 to organize food pantries in county public housing communities that will be operated by the residents;
 -- Lutheran Service Society - $17,200 to start Meals-on-Wheels programs in the Wilkins and Scott Township areas;
 -- East End Cooperative Ministry - $2,500 to purchase a laptop computer and software to track food pantry clients. Local university students will then work with the agency to design research projects that will benefit other local agencies;
 -- The William and Mildred Orr Compassionate Care Center - $15,000 for start-up-costs of the agency, which provides temporary care for the homeless, frail and elderly who are discharged from hospitals before they are able to care for themselves;
 -- The Pittsburgh Mercy Foundation - $20,456 for Operation Safety Net, which provides medical care to the unsheltered homeless in the community;
 -- Debra House - $4,500 to start a support project for the graduates of the agency's bridge housing program. It would give homeless women some cash assistance for their first month's rent, security deposit, utility deposit, household furnishings or moving expenses; and
 -- Alle-Kiski Area Hope Center - $11,057 for a project to provide a part-time counselor for homeless at-risk children and youth growing up in violent homes, whose families come to the agency.
 The Hunger and Homeless Fund was established in 1990 by Tom Foerster, chairman of the Allegheny County Commissioners, with the proceeds of the annual Labor Day Rib Affaire. Since then, proceeds from subsequent rib cook-offs and other contributions have gone to the fund.
 As the community foundation for the Greater Pittsburgh Area, The Pittsburgh Foundation administers more than 400 charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations. The foundation's assets exceed $200 million, from which over $7 million in grants were awarded in 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Richard McHale of The Pittsburgh Foundation, 412-391-5122/


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