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City of Clairton

The City of Clairton is a thriving community nestled between the Monongahela River and Jefferson Borough. It’s a quick ride to Century III Mall and an easy ride to Downtown on Route 51.  Once known as the Coke Capital of the World, Clairton was erected in April 1903.

Clairton has maintained the small town feel of comfort and security. It offers affordable housing, a diverse school system, a quaint public library, a vibrant senior citizen center, lively recreation programs, and a variety of dynamic churches.

Clairton’s surprise attraction is a beautiful park filled with green foliage with a large swimming pool, two baseball fields, a basketball court, and many picnic and pavilion areas.  The launch of the Montour Trail rests near Clairton Coke Works and stretches nearly 47 miles to Coraopolis.  At the trail’s eastern end, a short on-road route leads to the Great Allegheny Passage, which spans between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

Did You Know?

  • Clairton was the setting for the movie The Deer Hunter (1978), although none of the movie was actually filmed there, even the opening scene, which features a large sign saying “Welcome to Clairton, City of Prayer,” was shot in Mingo Junction, Ohio.
  • Benny Benack, jazz trumpeter and composer of the “Beat ‘em Bucs,” was born in Clairton.
  • With the decline of the steel industry in the 1980s, Clairton began to experience severe problems in its employment and tax base, which spurred a major economic shock to the community. In 1988, Clairton was designated a distressed municipality by Pennsylvania’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and commissioned the development of a recovery plan for Clairton.

Get Involved with Clairton Cares!

The Clairton Cares Initiative developed as a piece of Clairton’s Neighborhood Partnership Program tasked with co-creating a vision and plan for comprehensive community health.  The Clairton Cares Initiative achieves this work in collaboration with stakeholders motivated to improve the wellbeing of Clairton citizens. The Initiative is staffed by one full-time employee through Economic Development South, funded by the Jefferson Regional Foundation, with an office in the Clairton municipal building. The Initiative  works with community-based organizations to strengthen and grow the Clairton health and social service network through strategic support of the local network, bi-monthly provider meetings, and synthesizing on-going community input.

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Resources Supporting Clairton Residents

ACCESS Transportation Systems

Home Centre City Tower 650 Smithfield St. Pittsburgh PA 15222 Home Phone: 412-562-5353 Website: ACCESS

Transportation services for persons with disabilities. ACCESS serves all of Allegheny County and points 1.5 miles outside the county line. Reservations must be made by calling between 7 am and 3:30 pm at least one day in advance. Call Friday for weekend and Monday reservations.

ACTION Housing, Inc

Home 611 William Penn Way #800 Pittsburgh PA 15219 Home Phone: 412-281-2102 Website: Action Housing

Action Housing, Inc is a nonprofit based in Southwestern PA and founded in 1957. It serves the community through programs on the provision of decent, safe, and affordable housing. Some areas of scope are: real estate development, county accessibility and savings programs, first-time homebuyers, homeless families services, mortgage assistance, and sustainability.

Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh

Home 4150 Saw Mill Run Blvd. Brentwood PA 15227 Home Phone: 412-668-3197 Website: BCAP

Civic and neighborhood group serving Bhutanese and Nepalese families and businesses in the Pittsburgh area.

Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania

Home 5432 Butler Street Pittsburgh PA 15201 Work Phone: 412-782-5710 Website: Boys & Girls Club of Western PA

Over 7,000 youth come to the Boys & Girls Clubs every year to receive tutoring and homework help, computer training, sports, fitness and recreation, arts programs, summer programming, a safe place to be with friends and mentoring. Our youth gain confidence by developing a sense of competence, usefulness, positive influence and belonging.

Family Resources

Home 1425 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh PA 15219 Home Phone: 412-363-1702 Website: Family Resources of PA

Children and family services in the prevention and treatment of child abuse through stronger neighborhoods.

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania

Home 3230 William Pitt Way Pittsburgh PA 15238 Home Phone: 888-222-4200 Website: Family Services of Western PA

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Home 1 N. Linden St. Duquesne PA 15110 Work Phone: 412-460-3663 Website: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Member network of more than 400 agencies distributing food to individuals and families in an 11-county area.

Gwen’s Girls

Work 711 West Commons St. 3rd Fl. Pittsburgh PA 15212 Work Phone: 412-904-4239 Website: Gwen\’s Girls

Our vision is one of girls becoming self-sufficient adults, equipped with the capacity to continuously evolve emotionally, physically and spiritually; building strong family units; developing a strong support system; and contributing to community life.

Jefferson Hospital

Home 565 Coal Valley Road Jefferson Hills PA 15025 Work Phone: 412-469-5000 Website: https://www.ahn.org/locations/jefferson-hospital

Community hospital providing inpatient and outpatient surgical services and community healthcare programs.

Just Harvest

Work 16 Terminal Way Pittsburgh PA 15219 Work Phone: 412-431-8960 Website: Just Harvest

Just Harvest educates, empowers and mobilizes people to eliminate hunger, poverty, and economic injustice in our communities by influencing public policy, engaging in advocacy, and connecting people to public benefits.

LifeSpan Inc

Work 314 E. 8th Ave Homestead PA 15120 Work Phone: 412-464-1300 Website: LifeSpan

A resource for seniors, LifeSpan’s mission is to offer resources, programs and services that promote healthy and dignified aging.

Mon Valley Initiative

Work 303-305 E. 8th Ave Homestead PA 15120 Work Phone: 412-464-4000 Website: Mon Valley Initiative

The Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) is a grass-roots coalition comprised of 10 Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and representing twelve municipalities in the Monongahela Valley. The coalition was formed after steel mills and related industries closed, leaving member communities with thousands of people unemployed and without the tax base of those major landowners.

Sisters Place, Inc

Work 418 Mitchell Ave. Clairton PA 15025 Work Phone: 412-233-3903 Website: Sisters Place

Housing community for homeless single-parent families in Southwestern PA.

South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)

Home 5301 Park Ave. Bethel Park PA 15102 Work Phone: 412-854-9120 Website: SHIM

Providing food, clothing and employment assistance to families in need in South Hills.

YMCA Greater Pittsburgh

Work South Hills YMCA 305 Church Road Bethel Park PA 15102 Work Hilltop YMCA 500 Brownsville Road Pittsburgh PA 15210 Work Phone: 412-833-5600 Work Phone: 412-223-6851 Website: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh provides programs to promote youth development, healthcy living and social responsibility.

Resources Supporting Clairton Businesses

Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh

Home 4150 Saw Mill Run Blvd. Brentwood PA 15227 Home Phone: 412-668-3197 Website: BCAP

Civic and neighborhood group serving Bhutanese and Nepalese families and businesses in the Pittsburgh area.

Riverside Center of Innovation

Home 700 River Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15212 Work Phone: 412-322-3523 Website: RCI

RCI is a resource center with entrepreneurial tools for businesses and communities in Western Pennsylvania.

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City of Clairton

551 Ravensburg Blvd.
Clairton, PA 15025
Phone: 412.233.8113

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