East Hills was first constructed in 1969, and was designed as a safe, self-sufficient, and vibrant community. Throughout the 1970s East Hills was a peaceful, healthy, and self-sustaining community, home to diverse array of residents. In the 1980s and 1990s, the economy of Pittsburgh collapsed, putting the community under tremendous strain. The result was community disrepair and the encroachment of violence.
By 2001, residents had enough. They organized a ‘take back the neighborhood’ event, and formed a resident council to look into re-developing the community. A year later they began working with the Telesis Corporation, and a new era for the housing complex began.
Now much safer, East Hills was re-developed between 2003 and 2011. The East Hills communities, divided into “Second” and “Third” by their ascending location on one of Pittsburgh’s hills, are once again thriving and home to the frequent sight of children playing in the streets. The community houses a wide variety of wrap-around services coordinated by a dedicated staff and local community partners, including the Urban League.