Rent moratorium’s end could trigger ‘tidal wave’ of evictions

A nationwide eviction moratorium — enacted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic — is scheduled to expire July 31. Experts are concerned that a “tidal wave” of evictions could begin this summer as landlords seek to remove tenants who cannot afford rent. “About $46 billion was allocated for rent relief, but a lot of […]

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Nominations sought for MVI’s community partner awards

For the second consecutive year, Mon Valley Initiative is encouraging residents of Mon Valley communities to nominate their neighbors for a “Community Partner Award.” Since 1990, the awards have been presented by MVI at its annual dinner in October. Last year’s dinner was held as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Grant […]

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July 22, 2021

Planning underway for historic church’s $2.6M transformation

Mon Valley Initiative is moving ahead with plans for the conversion of a vacant but historically significant church in Braddock into much-needed quality housing. Dave Yargeau, MVI real estate developer, recently presented the Regional Development Committee with a proposal to transform the First United Presbyterian Church on Parker Avenue into an eight-unit apartment building. Built […]

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Clairton officials receive Governor’s Award for community and economic revitalization

State officials have honored the City of Clairton for its efforts to create quality, affordable housing and remove blight from the central business district. During a ceremony that was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development presented Clairton officials with the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence […]

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Clairton Inn information session to be held March 25

Clairton Inn architect's rendering

Mon Valley Initiative will present a Clairton Inn Information Session for prospective tenants and other stakeholders at 4 p.m. March 25, 2021. Panelists will include representatives of MVI, the City of Clairton, LGA Partners, NDC Asset Management and Mark Harvey Smith Real Estate. The Clairton Inn is a $16.7 million residential and commercial development currently […]

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What are closing costs? Join us March 4 and find out

Thinking about buying a house this year? You’d better be ready to deal with “closing costs.” Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4, when Ted George of Huntington National Bank answers your questions about the mortgage process … including closing costs. To participate in the conversation, sign up online at Zoom. For more information, […]

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February 26, 2021

PHFA honors MVI’s Weaver for ‘exceptional’ performance

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has recognized MVI’s Jonathan Weaver as one of the best housing counseling specialists in the state. Weaver was one of only seven housing counselors statewide—and one of only two in Western Pennsylvania—so honored during PHFA’s biennial ceremony. “Housing decisions represent a large portion of a person’s monthly budget, so it’s […]

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February 1, 2021

New 10-week online certificate program covers resume writing, other skills

One of the most popular programs offered by Mon Valley Initiative’s Workforce Development & Financial Coaching team — free computer skills class — was forced to suspend operations in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, MVI is resuming courses with online instruction, and is also offering an additional 10-week pre-employment certificate program. The first […]

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Program offers nutritious lunches, friendly advice

A Friday lunch program in Clairton offers more than a snack—it also provides connections to local services, including home repairs and workforce counseling. Maddie Nagel, Clairton Cares coordinator and MVI community outreach specialist, said “grab and go” lunches are offered through a partnership between United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Eat ’n Park. The lunches […]

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January 27, 2021

Community volunteers celebrated for hard work, vision

Photo of binoculars overlooking downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. Knob says "Turn to Clear Vision"

Above: “Pittsburgh” by Peter Miller, via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Mon Valley Initiative honored local groups and organizations this month with its 2020 regional and community partner awards. Called “Beyond 2020,” the award ceremony — usually held in conjunction with a banquet — was held as a virtual, online event due […]

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