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The Avenues of Hope Commercial Real Estate Program (ACRE) provides capital to local and minority small businesses and developers in support of Avenues of Hope projects.   

About Avenues of Hope

The Avenues of Hope Initiative is a place-based, people-first approach that promotes Black-owned centers of arts, culture, and business with mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly developments.

Projects for the Line of Credit Program must be located in one of the seven Avenues of Hope corridors and adjacent neighborhoods: Perry North & South, Chartiers Avenue, Hill District, Larimer, Homewood, Allentown/Beltzhoover, and Hazelwood.

Financing Amount

Between $50,000—$200,000 over a long-term period at 1% interest. No payments are due for 20 years, and there is no prepayment penalty.


Funding can be used for site acquisition and prep, building costs and construction, and soft costs associated with real estate development.


There is a $350 application fee. The applicant may be responsible for additional fees.

 The ACRE Program:

  • Lowers barriers to development for local and minority developers and small businesses 

  • Improves potential project cash flow 

  • Increases the long-term economic viability of projects

  • Provides local and minority small businesses and developers with equitable development tools to realize the goals of their project 

  • Encourages quality, locally-controlled wealth building and economic stability opportunities for Avenues of Hope communities  

Download Program Summary
Download Program Guidelines

Application: Please email Lynnette Morris at or call 412.255.6547 for more information. You can also fill out our Intake Form to begin the application process. 

Have questions? Call 412.255.6547 or send an email to Lynnette Morris.

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