$200,000 state grant will help make urban park possible

A $200,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Natural Resources will help make a community park in the heart of Braddock a reality. Mon Valley Initiative announced today that DCNR is providing funds from the Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund for construction of Braddock Civic Plaza, to be built on part of […]

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Insurance is the focus of our March 28 homebuyers’ club

If you’re buying a house, you definitely need insurance … but do you know what insurance covers—and doesn’t? You’d better find out before you spend your money. Let’s talk about the different types … title insurance, mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance, flood insurance, mine subsidence … and life and disability! The event is free, but registration […]

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New program reimburses contractors for getting lead-paint safety certifications

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Are you a contractor or remodeling professional who works on older homes? If you need to be trained and certified to work with lead paint safely, you may be eligible for reimbursement, with help from a new program offered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. The Lead Safe Homes Contractor Training program will reimburse […]

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Spring 2017 Greater Charleroi newsletter now online

The Spring 2017 issue of the newsletter of the Greater Charleroi Community Development Corp. includes an update about Meadow Park as well as stories about the EQT Foundation and down-payment and closing cost assistance available to first-time homebuyers. You will need a PDF reader to see the files: Spring 2017 Greater Charleroi newsletter

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March 14, 2017

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Up to $5,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance available

Buying your first home? You may be able to get up to $5,000 towards down payment and closing costs through the First Front Door (FFD) program, funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. Under FFD, qualified homebuyers can receive a 3-to-1 matching contribution from a participating FFD lender. That means that for every […]

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March 7, 2017

Homebuyer Q-and-A session planned April 5 in Braddock

People who want to make the move from renting to owning their own home are invited to a free information session sponsored by the Braddock Economic Development Corp. and Mon Valley Initiative. “Buying Your Own Home: You Hold the Key” will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 5 at The Overlook, 416A Overlook Way in […]

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Homebuyer’s Club: Closing Costs

The Homebuyers Club is a series of group discussions hosted by MVI’s Housing Counseling Program. Each workshop features a discussion on a different aspect of homeownership. Our first Homebuyers’ Club for 2017 focuses on “closing costs.” What are they? Why do you have to pay them when you buy a home? We’ll talk about the […]

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February 15, 2017

Now hiring: Community outreach specialist

Community Outreach Specialist Annual Salary Range:  $32,000-$40,000   SUMMARY: The primary role of this position is to implement MVI’s community engagement strategy across the membership and stakeholders. The ideal candidate for this position will be able to demonstrate a broad range of skills in areas that include: community engagement, one-on-one relationship building, public speaking, writing, […]

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February 15, 2017

Job placement help available Friday in East Pittsburgh

Are you or someone you know unemployed? Or maybe you’re under-employed and need a better job? East Pittsburgh area residents who find themselves in that situation can get free, confidential help from 1 to 2:30 p.m. this Friday (Feb. 17) at the East Pittsburgh Food Pantry, 506 Bessemer Ave. Gail Bachy, workforce development coordinator for […]

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February 13, 2017

Saved from destruction, this Rankin home has proud new owners

Abandoned and covered in graffiti, this circa 1900 house in Rankin was an eyesore and about to be demolished. Today, completely renovated and updated to modern standards, it has a proud family calling it their new home. In late January, Oscar and Monica Daniels signed the paperwork to take ownership of this 2,800-square-foot house that […]

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