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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October 29, 2020

Celebration marks $16.7M Clairton development

State, county and local officials broke ground this morning on what Clairton Mayor Richard Lattanzi said is probably the largest new development in his city in 50 years. The $16.7 million, 70,000-square-foot Clairton Inn Project will provide 49 units of quality, affordable housing and several street-level commercial or retail spaces along Miller Avenue in what […]

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October 10, 2020

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Time is running out for the Mon Valley to complete the 2020 U.S. Census

(U.S. Census Bureau photo) Since the 1980s, the Mon Valley has become used to population loss. But there’s reason to be concerned that after the 2020 U.S. Census, the results will be much worse than normal. A census is required every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution. The count is used to decide how county, […]

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August 26, 2020

To refinance, or not refinance? Let’s look at the numbers

By Jonathan Weaver MVI Housing Counselor In the past few months, I’ve been hearing more and more ads on the radio urging people to refinance their homes and use their equity to pay off credit card debt. This all sounds strangely similar to what we heard in the early 2000s. On the surface, it sounds […]

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July 30, 2020

Nominate volunteers, organizations for our community partner awards

Is there a community volunteer or organization in your neighborhood who deserves a little bit of extra recognition this year? Mon Valley Initiative is accepting nominations for its annual Community Partner Awards, presented each year in October. Since 1990, Community Partner Awards have been presented by the community development corporations and local advisory groups that […]

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Need assistance paying your rent? We can help

If you’re a renter who lost your job due to the coronavirus pandemic, and you need help applying for rental assistance, call MVI. Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency are administering the programs, created under the state’s Rent Relief Program and the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. As a member […]

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