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Author: Jason Togyer

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

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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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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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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Community volunteers celebrated for hard work, 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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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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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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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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