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Poverty: Poverty in Pittsburgh

Explore resources to understand and address structural poverty in the U.S. and around the world.

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Pittsburgh Poverty Web Resources

Explore this heat map displaying Pittsburgh's poverty levels by neighborhood.

"Poverty and Income: Insecurity in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area" from Urban Institute.

The Pittsburgh Foundation is working hard to improve the quality of life in the area.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has created an Allegheny County Hunger Profile.

Read about The Pittsburgh Conundrum.

Circles is a nationally known course on lifting oneself out of poverty that meets in several communities in Pittsburgh. 

See how low-income women are being empowered in the area by PA Women Work.

Want to learn more about Pittsburgh's opioid addiction crisis? Read about the epidemic in this article from the Post Gazette, the Post Gazette's special report on the issue, and this article from the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. While this article looks at the nation as a whole, it takes a focus on Pennsylvania. Also, take a look at the fatal accidental overdose data for Allegheny County and see how that maps with the poverty levels heat map above.

Historical Resources

August Wilson's Pittsburgh

August Wilson's home on Bedford Avenue in Pittsburgh

August Wilson's childhood home in the Hill District
Source: HeyYallYo at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons