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Take Action Mon Valley, a social justice non-profit organization that addresses violence and racism, is hosting a resource fair on Saturday targeted at residents of Hi-View Gardens, Downtown.
Events will begin 2 p.m. in the parking lot of New Beginnings Ministry, Inc., 705 Shaw Ave.
Although the resource fair is focused on Hi-View Gardens residents, everyone is welcome to attend.
The executive director of TAMV, Fawn Walker-Montgomery, said, “TAMV was contacted by PublicSource and they asked us to work with residents at Hi-View Gardens because of concerns with poor living conditions.”
In 2019 and 2020, health code violations and 911 calls at Hi-View Gardens and Midtown Plaza, located two blocks from Hi-View, jumped nearly 50 percent compared to the prior two years.
According to PublicSource, residents from Hi View Gardens said they had to place buckets under leaky roofs and plumbing, turn up stoves when the radiators failed, and had to endure roaches and rodents. They also had to call 911 for being harassed, assaulted or shot at by intruders.
Their complaints weren’t being addressed by the management and it forced almost 200 households to search for other housing options. Both Hi-View and Midtown are owned by PNC Bank through limited-liability companies, according to PublicSource.
Walker-Montgomery said that residents of Hi View have been working with the Community Justice Project, a nonprofit legal assistance firm, and there’s been progress. The complex now has new management and living conditions for residents are slowly improving.
A full day of fun, information, resources and children’s activities will be provided by Grandpa and Grandma Village, Wellness Collective, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Young Voices Action Collective and face painting by Taryn Vasquez. Also, there will be food and giveaways.
”We want people to know we are here to help and they don’t have to feel alone,” said Walker-Montgomery.
Vickie Babyak is a photographer and freelance writer from Dravosburg. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published June 24, 2022.