Hazelwood was a town, like many in Pittsburgh, severely and directly impacted by the closing of the steel mills. People left in great numbers in search for new work, taking a lot of business they brought to Hazelwood with them, which forced other businesses to close along with the steel mill.
In the Youtube video “Helping to Revitalize Hazelwood,” community members were interviewed about Hazelwood and how nice it used to be and how long they have been waiting for help revitalizing since the steel mills closed. A man named Dan Franciuk was interviewed saying, “Everyone worked in the mills. They made enough good decent money and kept their houses up nice.” He goes on to say that the closing of the mills definitely caused the upkeep of houses to decline since people moved away and left many houses without an owner. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbsj6eAQIw8)
The goal of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is this,
“While our program continues to provide critical home repairs to low-income seniors, our service model is adapting to also help address the more community-wide challenges of blight, delinquency and disengagement in some of Pennsylvania’s most high-need neighborhoods.”
On Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh’s website, they give statistics about the population of Hazelwood: “one in seven Hazelwood residents is 60-74 years of age, a rate 30% higher than the city [of Pittsburgh].” Most of the people this age have lived in Hazelwood all their lives and the majority of them have lived in the same house all that time. Another fact they give is that, “more than seven in every ten homes in Hazelwood was constructed prior to 1959.” They understand the needs of the Hazelwood residents and want to improve the living conditions of all who need it. (http://www.rtpittsburgh.org/hazelwood/)
New development is on the rise in Hazelwood and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is helping the residents living there now and attracting new homeowners to the area. With their help and the help of others, Hazelwood will make a comeback and be the bustling town they once were.