Homewood Bound The War on Drugs transformed Homewood in many ways, ranging from the spread of gang violence to growing blight. In recent years, many formerly incarcerated people have come into the community, with the hope of setting the neighborhood on a better course. Our series, "Homewood Bound," takes a look at how a community founded by Pittsburgh's wealthiest families transformed into one of the city's poorest and most racially segregated. We also explore how individuals who have been released from prison find jobs and housing in the neighborhood.
Homewood Bound

Homewood Bound

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The War on Drugs transformed Homewood in many ways, ranging from the spread of gang violence to growing blight. In recent years, many formerly incarcerated people have come into the community, with the hope of setting the neighborhood on a better course. Our series, "Homewood Bound," takes a look at how a community founded by Pittsburgh's wealthiest families transformed into one of the city's poorest and most racially segregated. We also explore how individuals who have been released from prison find jobs and housing in the neighborhood.

Most Recent Episodes

Homewood Bound: It's Hard To Find A Place To Live After Returning From Incarceration

Housing is a main priority for Homewood residents. In a city short 17,000 affordable units , neighborhood activists are acutely aware of the need for low-income housing options. But in many new buildings that accept federal subsidies, formerly incarcerated individuals are barred from renting.

Homewood Bound: It's Hard To Find A Place To Live After Returning From Incarceration

Homewood Bound: How Some In The Neighborhood Put Their Lives Back Together After Time Behind Bars

A periwinkle frog with geometric markings crouches in a sea of red, its toes splayed out as it prepares to leap. The painting now hangs in Dwayne Drummond's Homewood apartment. But he remembers when he found it in somebody else's trash.

Homewood Bound: How Some In The Neighborhood Put Their Lives Back Together After Time Behind Bars

Homewood Bound: After Drug War Ravaged A Community, Some Who Went To Prison See Chance To Rebuild

A house stands quietly on Homewood's Monticello Street. All the windows are boarded up. Shingles pop off the eaves. And if you look closely, you can see graffiti beneath a fading layer of white paint. The graffitti is blue, the signature color of the Crips gang.

Homewood Bound: After Drug War Ravaged A Community, Some Who Went To Prison See Chance To Rebuild

Homewood Bound: How A Neighborhood Was Transformed By Disinvestment And The War On Drugs

Homewood was founded by Pittsburgh's wealthiest families, but it eventually became one of the city's poorest and most racially segregated neighborhoods.

Homewood Bound: How A Neighborhood Was Transformed By Disinvestment And The War On Drugs

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