About Us

CSAC is a non-profit community organization working to achieve a better quality of life in the Charles Street Valley area.

The Charles Street Area Corporation is a hub for talent, passion, and energy in our community. We meet with leaders from around the city to bring in resources, collaboratively plan the development of our neighborhood, collect feedback from residents and stakeholders, and participate in events and volunteer opportunities year-round.

Our resident-led community group, the Charles Street Area Council, advocates for the needs of our neighbors, organizing with us and sharing their time and talents to make great things happen in the Charles Street Valley.

Learn more about what we do, our board of directors, and our history.

Our Approach

The Charles Street Area Corporation and our resident-led council are anchored in our shared Mission, Vision, and Purpose.


Board of Directors

Working diligently to further the goals of CSAC, the Board of Directors is committed to equitable growth in the CSV.



Since the work of Dorothy Mae Richardson in the 1960s, the Charles Street Valley has benefited from resident-led organizing.


Our Purpose

The Charles Street Area Corporation's purpose is to assist in project undertakings, studies and other activities in cooperation with local government and civic bodies for the elimination of slums, blight and blighting influences and to aid, assist and foster the planning, re-planning, development, renewal redevelopment and improvement of the Charles Street area in the Perry South section of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; and to combat community deterioration and to secure adequate housing, workforce development, community facilities and other related facilities, services and conditions, economic or otherwise conducive to the progress and general welfare of the community; and to carry on such activities with pride and dedication to the community’s betterment.

Our Community

The area of Charles Street Valley (CSV) occupies approximately 42 acres in the southernmost section of the Perry South. Straddling North Charles Street from Brighton Road to Wilson Avenue, CSV includes eight (8) adjoining and parallel side streets and greenspaces. Approximately 216 households and three businesses - including a city favorite, Breadworks - are located here. CSV is split between two LMI census tracts (2614 and 2616), and is rich with vacant land and greenspaces that are currently being sought by developers. Affordable homeownership is key to stabilizing this community where 70% of all existing housing is subsidized rental.