Census response falling behind in Mon Valley towns

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in these uncertain times. I just wanted to reach out and remind everyone about the importance of the 2020 Census. Historically, the Mon Valley region has been under-counted, impacting funding for schools, roads, emergency services and other vital resources. While Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties are reporting […]

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April 3, 2020

Laid off? Don’t wait to defer mortgage payments, counselor says

MVI housing counselor offers tips, help for homeowners Homeowners who have been laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic should act quickly to see if mortgage payments and other bills can be temporarily deferred. That’s the advice of Jonathan Weaver, a housing counselor at Mon Valley Initiative, who says most lenders are willing to be […]

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March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update: We are open and ready to serve you

Based on updated guidance from the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania health departments as well as the CDC, we will keep our Homestead and Charleroi offices closed to the public until April 13. However, we are open for business and are continuing to provide financial and employment coaching and housing counseling services both online and via […]

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March 30, 2020

ACED cancelling public hearings next week

The following is a message from Allegheny County Economic Development: Because of the need to take action to “flatten the curve” of the spread of COVID-19, Allegheny County Economic Development is cancelling two Needs Hearings scheduled for next week: Wednesday, March 18, 7 to 8 p.m., Harmar Township Municipal Building; and Thursday, March 19, 6 […]

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March 12, 2020

OVR surprises employment coach with award

Jane Black, employment and financial coach in Mon Valley Initiative’s Mid-Mon Office, was surprised March 5 when representatives of the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation presented her with an OVR Business Award. Shown presenting the award to Jane (third from left) are Jeffrey Durmis and Joanne Slappo, both vocational rehabilitation counselors; and Danielle Dawgiello, vocational […]

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March 6, 2020

Free computer literacy classes available

If you’re applying for a job — or doing almost anything — in 2020, you almost certainly need basic computer skills. (No, Facebook and texting aren’t enough!) At our computer lab in Homestead, we offer free, self-paced, individual instruction in keyboard and web basics, sending and managing email, creating files, using Microsoft Office applications (Word, […]

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Mancan recruitment event Wednesday in Charleroi

If you’re looking for a job, Mancan McMurray is looking for you! Mancan represents several employers in the valley and is staffing Closetmaid for three shifts at its Rostraver Township location. Mancan will be at our Mid-Mon Office, 435 McKean Ave., Charleroi from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Wednesday (Dec. 18). Bring two forms […]

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December 16, 2019

Fun, free event Nov. 7 promotes smart financial choices

For the third year in a row, Mon Valley Initiative wants to help local residents stop fumbling their finances, and instead develop winning strategies for saving money, buying a house and finding a better job. “Tackle Your Financial Goals III” is a free workshop on financial literacy. The event, featuring a football theme and door […]

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Davis, Food Bank honored by MVI at annual awards banquet

Above: State Rep. Austin Davis and Laura R. Zinski, chief executive officer of Mon Valley Initiative. Austin Davis grew up hearing stories about how prosperous the Mon Valley was in the 1950s and 1960s. “That’s never been my reality,” said Davis, who recently turned 30. Now, as a state legislator from McKeesport, Davis said he […]

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Cute, convenient — and move right in!

Tired of landlords? Tired of spending money every month on rent? This beautifully remodeled cottage in the Bonair Terrace section of Monessen features three bedrooms, hardwood floors, central A/C, off-street parking, an enclosed front porch, a level backyard and a deck off of the kitchen.

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October 22, 2019