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Please take note, Homestead Borough Council monthly meetings will change to the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of each month starting in July.  




Call to Order  

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance

Department Reports

  • Police Chief’s report
  • Fire Chief’s report – None
  • Mayor’s report
  • Engineering
  • Building Code
  • Parking
  • Public Works

Public Comment – Items on the Agenda

Agenda Items:

Fund Amount
General Fund $   93,790.51
Sewer $   13,368.70
Payroll $         690.40
Capital Improvement $     2,657.66
Grand Total Bills $ 110,507.27
      1. Motion to approve September 2021 bill list $ 110,507.27 reviewed by the Finance Committee on September 14, 2021.
      2. Motion to approve actual August 2021 payroll: $62,225.67. NOTE: Per 7/15/2021 meeting, the prior month actual payroll is to be voted on in the following month.
      3. Motion to approve August 12, 2021 and August 19, 2021 meeting minutes.
      4. Motion to accept the revised Cell Phone policy for Borough employees.
      5. Motion to approve the solicitation of bids to repair the complete roof advertise for bid to repair roof damage at 221 W. 7th
      6. Motion to approve the solicitation of bids for equipment to video meetings and allow for online meetings in Council Chambers to include: WiFi projector, laptop and video camera.
      7. Motion to approve the 2022 Minimum Municipal Obligation and place in Homestead Borough’s 2022 budget the estimated State Aid to be received in 2022.
      8. Motion to advertise for alternate crossing guards per the request of the Police Chief.
      9. Motion to approve the Steel Valley School Resource Office Memorandum of Understand for the 2021-2022 school year.
      10. Motion to approve the Noble Environmental service agreement for electronic waste recycling services for a one-year term.
      11. Motion to approve to vacate Water Way and give adjacent landowners 50% of the land.
      12. Motion to approve 2 Certificates of Appropriateness for: (1) 100 East Eighth Avenue for a sign, and (2) 225 East Eighth Avenue for a sign and painting of storefront as recommended by HARB
      13. Motion to approve the renewal of the Homestead Borough Police Department’s participation in the DEA Task Force, agreement to be signed by the HBPD.
      14. Motion to approve 8 hours Freedom, financial software, training for staff at the cost of $1,000.
      15. Motion to terminate the contract with Town Center Associates effective December 31, 2021.
      16. Motion to hire a seasonal, part-time Laborer as a full-time, Public Works Laborer II, effective September 20, 2021.
      17. Motion to approve Keystone Collections Group to file 2018 Allegheny County tax liens if they can change the minimum tax balance due exceeds $200. Once the determination has been approved, Keystone will need to have the $60.0 per lien filing cost in advance.
      18. Motion to approve updated COVID-19 policy.

Public Comment – General Information NOT on the Agenda



Zoning Board Planning Commission HARB Work Session/Caucus Legislative Session
09/22/2021 09/22/2021 10/01/2021 10/24/2021 10/14/2021
6:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:00 pm








Emergency Rental Assistance

Are you struggling to pay rent or utilities due to the pandemic? If you need help paying your rent and/or your utility bills, you may be able to get money to pay for those expenses through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Assistance is available for unpaid bills owed on or after March 13, 2020. ERAP can help eligible households pay rent and other bills that keep families in their home with working utilities. ERAP can help pay for:

  • Current rent
  • Past due rent (arrears)
  • Current balances and arrears for utilities such as:
    •  Electricity
    • Gas
    • Water
    • Sewer
    • Trash removal
    • Energy costs (i.e. fuel oil)
    • Rental fees
    • Late fees

Any person responsible for paying rent can apply for ERAP. Your landlord does not have to participate for you to get help.

Visit You will be able to submit your application through COMPASS or, if your county is not participating in the COMPASS application, you will be automatically directed to your county’s application process.

For more information about the program including income limits, how to apply, and local county contacts, or to access a printable application, visit the DHS ERAP webpage.

Don’t wait – apply today!



Homestead Borough E-Newsletter 

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Community Sweeps – whole community each month, alternating sides, the third and fourth Thursdays of the month – April – October.

4/15, 4/22, 5/20, 5/27, 6/17, 6/24, 7/15, 7/22, 8/19, 8/26, 9/16, 9/23, 10/14, 10/21

Business District – every Monday and Thursday except following holidays that fall on Monday (5/31, 7/5, and 9/6), then the sweep will be on Tuesday (6/1, 7/6, and 9/7)


Homestead Borough Named 2021 ALOM Banner Community!

The Borough of Homestead has been named a 2021 Banner Community. The Banner Community program, sponsored by Allegheny County and the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM), recognizes communities that show a commitment to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders. A total of 71 municipalities and five municipal authorities were recognized this year.

“This is the first year that Homestead has been recognized as a Banner Community. We appreciate ALOM and Allegheny County for recognizing the Borough of Homestead as we work to provide services for the residents,” said Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson, Borough Manager. “We are proud of our staff’ and elected officials as they are committed to make the necessary changes to improve the quality of life for our residents and businesses. We are excited to receive this designation for 2021.”

A total of 54 municipalities received the Banner Community designation for multiple years, including Aspinwall, Avalon, Baldwin Borough, Baldwin Township, Bellevue, Bethel Park, Brentwood, Bridgeville, Butler (Butler County), Carnegie, Castle Shannon, Crafton, Dormont, East Deer, East McKeesport, Edgewood, Edgeworth, Elizabeth Township, Emsworth, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Glassport, Green Tree, Harrison, Heidelberg, Jefferson Hills, Kilbuck, Leet, Marshall, Millvale, Monroeville, Mt. Lebanon, Munhall, North Versailles, Oakmont, O’Hara, Pine, Pitcairn, Pleasant Hills, Port Vue, Robinson, Scott, Shaler, Sharpsburg, South Fayette, South Park, Swissvale, Verona, West Deer, West Homestead, West Mifflin, West View, Wilkinsburg and Wilmerding.

“All of our communities have been stressed during this pandemic, and perhaps none more than local governments which have had their finances as well as their operations impacted. Yet throughout these challenges, these municipalities continue to serve the residents of their community in ways that set them apart,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Congratulations to all of the recipients of the Banner Community designation. We are grateful to you for your continued efforts on behalf of your residents and businesses and are fortunate to have you as part of our county.”

The Borough of Homestead is a member of the Allegheny League of Municipalities, a nonprofit organization created in the early 1960s to coordinate the needs of the area’s local elected officials. In 1974, it was officially established as the Allegheny League of Municipalities to coordinate, advocate and educate the hundreds of elected officials within its member municipalities in Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization educates elected officials, delivers essential resources, and advocates for sound policy and legislation.




Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation – Volunteer Application

Our organization encourages the participation of volunteers who support our mission. If you agree with our mission and are willing to be interviewed and trained in our procedures, we encourage you to complete this application. The information on this form will be kept confidential and will help us find the most satisfying and appropriate volunteer opportunity for you.

Volunteer Application

Steel Valley Enterprise Zone

Contact information: PO Box 168, Homestead, PA  15120    (412) 462-8870     Website:

The Steel Valley Enterprise Zone is a private, non-profit local development corporation comprised of representatives from local government, businesspersons and citizens.  Its mission is to:

  • Build the capacity of the local governments in the Enterprise Zone communities to improve the local business climate,
  • Enable the local governments in the Enterprise Zone to facilitate growth in the quantity and quality of employment opportunities,
  • Increase the capabilities of local governments in the Enterprise Zone to respond effectively to local business expansion opportunities and constraints,
  • Present public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures or other similar programs for the residents of the Enterprise Zone that address the unique economic and social issues present in the municipalities, and
  • Assist the local governments and local business communities of the Enterprise Zone in the formation of public/private partnerships which will develop and sustain increased rates of business investment and job creation in the Enterprise Zone.

Via an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone Corporation has been designated by the local governments to coordinate and direct economic development in the area.  Map of the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone.

Building Investment Loan Program Overview and Program Guidelines

Business Loan Program Overview and Program Guidelines

Carnegie Library of Homestead

The Carnegie of Homestead is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all patrons and our staff. We continue to follow the information and recommendations that have been communicated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the COVID-19 virus. Given the fluidity of this situation, plans may change and event cancellations may occur. We will continue to keep you updated.

For updated information download our flyer Carnegie of Homestead Patrons.

MAPS Membership


Residents don’t forget to pay your MAPS memberships. If you have any questions you can contact us at:  412-464-7329.

Information Resources for The Community

Salvation Army
104 East 9th Ave Homestead PA, 15120     412-461-2460   Facebook:

Rainbow Kitchen
135 East 9th Ave Homestead Pa, 15120   412-464-1892    Website:

Free Community Meals

Free Community Meals will take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 4p.m.  The meals will be served at the LifeStone Church Homestead,  436 E 8th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120 (412-326-1978)

Annual Raccoon Rabies Baiting Project

Rabies vaccine baiting in Allegheny County. For more information visit:

Veterans Helping Veterans

210 e. 7th Avenue, Homestead, PA  15120.  (412) 326-1959.   Website:

For more information, please take a look at the flyer.

Protect our Rivers and Streams

Did you know that anything that goes into a catch basin or storm inlet on the street eventually ends up in a stream or river?  To read more visit our News Page.


Electronics Recycling now required in PA

By law, Allied Waste, the garbage collector for Homestead Borough, can no longer take televisions, laptops, computers, printers or other electronic computer and/or audio-visual items as part of the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act. It is against the law for these items to be thrown out with your trash and for us to take them. They must now be recycled and can be dropped off at a designated collection point.

eLoop, LLC (E)
625 Plum Industrial Court, Pittsburgh
For more information on other places to recycle, please visit