Veterans, as well as the disabled and elderly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, could potentially receive free lawn care, pending a bill being reviewed by the local city council. A similar program was employed in the Westwood area in 2009 using Community Development Block Grant funding to hire contractors through competitive bidding.
“It’s worked out wonderfully,” said Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith of Westwood. She also mentioned that it helps the neighborhoods look better and helps local businesses by giving the contracts to local lawn care services that hire local people to cut the grass.
Under the proposal, residents who are veterans, elderly or disabled would be eligible, as long as no one in their home is capable of cutting grass.
While a final vote is still needed, the council gave unanimous preliminary approval to the legislation.