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The Perry Hilltop Citizens Council (PHCC) was established in 1962 when a subsidized public housing project was built in the all-white and largely rural Perry South neighborhood, bringing with it 1,000 families -- 95 percent of whom were black. PHCC was formed to unite residents around issues resulting from the new development. In 1972 former Mayor Thomas S. Murphy joined PHCC as Executive Director.
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Under his leadership, PHCC organized a food cooperative, a community credit union, a drive to build a senior citizen’s highrise, and a campaign to end real estate blockbusting that encouraged white homeowners to flee the neighborhood. As a result of the solid foundation built by Mayor Murphy, PHCC went on to become one of the initial organizations to receive funding from the newly formed Federal Affordable Housing Program in 1990. The dollars were used to build affordable housing aimed at single parent households.

Today, PHCC plays an important role in community advocacy by developing housing, preserving green space and ensuring residents access to City services. PHCC also marshals volunteers for improvement projects including community gardens and neighborhood clean-ups. PHCC works to foster community pride and harmony by supporting several annual events, including a House Tour and the Wine & Cheese Sip
in early fall, a community dinner in January and a children's summer fair.

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Pittsburgh, PA 15214
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