VACANT HOUSES—Some of the vacant row houses on Hamilton Ave between Collier and Braddock Streets. (Photo by Phillip Martin)

VACANT HOUSES—Some of the vacant row houses on Hamilton Ave between Collier and Braddock Streets. (Photo by Phillip Martin)

(Part 1 of a 3 part series)

A shell for a handgun sells for around of 45 cents apiece. Unfortunately, in some communities in Pittsburgh, that is the value placed on the lives of many of the African Americans who were murder victims in these communities. In 2014, there were 71 homicides in Allegheny County, and of those, 68 were African Americans.

However, this three-part series will focus on Homewood, a community located in the Eastern section of the city where many of these occurred. According to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, Homewood has a population of 6,442 residents of which 95 percent are African American, and it has seen a steady decline of its population since 1940. In the past 10 years alone, 30 percent of the people have moved elsewhere. Forty-five percent of the residents live below the poverty line, although 40 percent of these residents own their own homes.

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