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Pittsburgh Might Mow Your Lawn for Free

The city is launching a free grass cutting service for the elderly, disabled and veterans.

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For many of us, cutting the grass is nothing more than a household chore. But for others, it can be a nearly impossible task.

To help, City of Pittsburgh is launching City Cuts, a program that provides free lawn mowing for homeowners who are at least 62 years of age, as well as veterans and those living with disabilities. Approved applicants will have their grass mowed every two weeks from July to September, weather permitting. Qualifying applicants are being accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

People may apply online at the City Cuts website or in person at any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch. They may also call 311 and request an application by mail. City officials recommend applying online because it's the quickest path to approval, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Applicants will need to re-apply each year as enrollment does not carry over.

City Cuts is a broader version of a program sponsored by City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith that has been operating exclusively in her district since 2009, the Trib reports. She also sponsored the legislation to create City Cuts, which was approved last year.

The city has budgeted $150,000 from a federal Community Development Block Grant for City Cuts, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It is currently taking proposals from organizations wishing to supply the service — interested companies can bid on contracts through the city’s Beacon website.

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