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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New homeowner takes advantage of Charleroi program

Above, Lewis Farkas signs the papers that make him a new homeowner in Charleroi Borough as attorney Rick Mudrick assists. Last week, Farkas took advantage of down payment and closing cost assistance available in Charleroi through a program funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered on behalf of Washington County by Homestead-based Mon Valley […]

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MVI elects 2017 board of directors and officers

At their November meeting, members of the Mon Valley Initiative’s board of directors elected directors and officers for 2017. Eight directors were nominated by the 10 community development corporations that participate in the MVI coalition. They are: Dale J. Bizub (Turtle Creek Development Corp.) Jeb Feldman (Braddock Economic Development Corp.) Alix Garlitz (Greater Charleroi Community […]

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December 2, 2016

It’s #GivingTuesday — how does your gift go to work at MVI?

The day after “Cyber Monday” has been dubbed “Giving Tuesday,” and Mon Valley Initiative, along with other charitable groups, is participating. If you are thinking about making a year-end charitable contribution, we’d appreciate it. You can donate to MVI in one of three ways … Give directly to MVI, via our website, using a credit […]

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Community leaders mark milestone in Turtle Creek’s renewal

  Federal, county and local leaders joined members of Turtle Creek Development Corp. and Mon Valley Initiative to celebrate the creation of nearly $2 million of real estate investment in the Borough of Turtle Creek. The investment, including 17 rehabilitated single-family homes, has eliminated vacant properties and helped to stabilize several older neighborhoods. Cutting the […]

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Awards recognize community partners for their dedication to the Mon Valley

More than 200 people attended a banquet Thursday night honoring groups and volunteers from the communities that are represented in the Mon Valley Initiative. The awards ceremony at The Willow Room in Rostraver Township was emceed by Cara Sapida, a reporter and anchor for WPXI-TV (11), Pittsburgh. Sapida is a native of Turtle Creek in […]

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October 21, 2016