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Last of Allegheny County nonprofit's assets auctioned at sheriff's sale

| Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

The Allegheny County Sheriff's Office auctioned the last parts of an anti-violence nonprofit community organization Monday at sheriff's sale.

One Vision One Life closed in the summer and defaulted on its lease in the Manor Building, Downtown, where it had an office on the 13th floor. Manor Building Associates LP filed court action against the nonprofit in June, saying it owed $165,024 in lease payments, according to court documents.

The sheriff's office seized the contents of the office, including furniture, copy machines, filing cabinets, a computer and CD players. Manor paid $634 for the property, records show.

“We lost our funding. I'm still doing things to dissolve (One Vision One Life),” said Richard Garland, who served as executive director. “(The sheriff's sale) is just a part of that. We owed the Manor Building money.”

One Vision One Life was a county-initiated group made up mostly of ex-criminals who worked to combat community violence. Garland is a former gang member from Philadelphia who started the group in 2004.

The group claimed successes throughout the city, including crime reductions in Homewood, Garfield, the North Side and Beltzhoover. One Vision One Life hosted an annual four-week summer basketball academy in the North Side that helped keep kids off the streets.

Doug Anderson, Pittsburgh deputy controller, said the city gave One Vision One Life $192,870 between November 2009 and March 2012.

Officials with the county's Department of Human Services said the group got $893,000 from 2009 to 2011 in county funding; $1.2 million in federal and state grants from 2006 to 2012; and $2.6 million in local foundation grants from 2004 to 2008.

Garland's salary was $105,000.

A study by the RAND Corp. in 2010 suggested the organization had little impact on crime between its inception and 2007.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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