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Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place is named in honor of three local community organizers who have been important to either the needs of the community or championing the needs of homeless families. Helen Bigham was a People’s Emergency Center Board Member and volunteer crossing several decades of PEC’s history. John Leatherberry and Elsie Wise both hold leadership positions with the West Powelton Concerned Citizens Council, and are long-standing community organizers.
Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place includes six two-bedroom units and five three-bedroom units (for a total of eleven units). Two of the units will be fully accessible to people with disabilities and one will be accessible to individuals with sensory impairments. Residents of Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place have access to supportive services through PEC. Services include case management, children’s programs, affordable childcare, counseling and therapy, drug and alcohol outpatient treatment, and employment and training programs. A case management office is located on site for residents to access services and referrals. Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place also features a courtyard containing a rain garden and seating area for residents, as well as a large rear yard to provide a space for children to play, including a seating area for parents.
Over the past two decades, the area around the Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place project has been the focal point of more than $54 million in investments in PECCDC real estate developments and has leveraged many millions more from both the public and private sectors. The development received funding from the City’s Office of Housing and Community Development and Office of Supportive Housing, as well as FHLBank Pittsburgh, TD Charitable Foundation, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and The Reinvestment Fund, for a total investment of $2,695,000.