Celebrate Northside Activist: Dorothy Mae Richardson

Over the past 50 years, NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania has helped thousands of families purchase their first homes and experience the personal and community stability that accompanies home-ownership. 

A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh’s Northside, Dorothy Mae Richardson (1923-1991) founded Neighborhood Housing Services – which would eventually become NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania – to address the lack of safe and affordable housing in her community. Dorothy and her neighbors brought together financial institutions and government officials in a successful effort to revitalize their neighborhood, creating a model of resident-led community development that inspired a national movement and laid the foundation for the creation of NeighborWorks America.

You are invited to Fifty Years of Home to recognize the legacy of NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania founder Dorothy Mae Richardson with the dedication of a Pennsylvania Historical Marker in her honor at the corner of Arch and Jacksonia Streets. The dedication will be held on Wednesday, October 16 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. A reception will follow at 5:00 pm at the Mattress Factory to mark the organization’s 50th anniversary. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, or to register, visit the Fifty Years of Home event page.