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Free 13-week entrepreneurship class begins June 3

Do you ever think of starting your own business? Well — maybe you should. On June 3, Mon Valley Initiative is launching a free, 13-week online workshop for people interested in entrepreneurship — including in fields such as auto repair, contracting, HVAC maintenance, hair and beauty care, restaurants and catering. Maybe you’re already in one of

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Mon Valley businesses may be eligible for $10K Comcast grant

Above: Community leaders, including Laura R. Zinski, MVI chief executive officer, joined Comcast senior vice president Toni Murphy (third from right) and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (right) at the May 12 announcement. Comcast RISE program will provide $10,000 grants to minority and women entrepreneurs Application period begins in June; MVI will provide help with

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Clairton Cares: Partnerships creating a healthier community

During January 2020, the Clairton Cares Initiative partnered with the Clairton Public Library and Pittsburgh’s public television station, WQED, to host a four-week-long PBS Kids program designed to enhance early childhood education (above). In January 2021, Mon Valley Initiative took over as the lead agency in Clairton’s six-year neighborhood partnership program, or NPP. The NPP

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Real-estate program takes big steps into the future

New and recently completed projects illustrate diversity, flexibility of MVI’s development approach The last three years have been busy ones for the real-estate team at Mon Valley Initiative, which in 2020 and 2021 completed two major projects—the Swissvale Schoolhouse Condominiums and the Holland Avenue Homes in Braddock—while beginning work on the Clairton Inn Apartments. In

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HUD Intermediary: Guiding other agencies ‘through the storm’

Across the U.S., people trust MVI’s HUD Intermediary Program From across the network of housing counseling agencies served by Mon Valley Initiative, Dana Hodge II is hearing similar stories—there’s a real-estate boom underway, and it’s pushing low-to-moderate income homebuyers out of the market. “There are a lot of cash buyers out there who are offering

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Housing Counseling: For first-time homebuyers, ‘the dream is still there’

Competitive market heightened the need for housing education On the heels of the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020 came the hottest real-estate market that Pittsburgh has seen in decades. Although it didn’t change what first-time buyers were looking for in a home, it did increase the challenge for them to make a purchase, says Jonathan Weaver,

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Workforce Program: Pulling together to help Mon Valley residents recover from the pandemic’s effects

In less than three years, MVI’s Workforce Development & Financial Coaching program had to re-invent itself not once, but twice—first, when the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns shut the doors of many employers, and again when the economy re-opened under entirely new, and unexpected, conditions. “The employment market died and was reborn, in a way,” says T.

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Program provides up to $5K in assistance for homebuyers

Average house prices in Western Pennsylvania continue to be near all-time record highs. Wouldn’t it be nice if first-time homebuyers could get some help? Through the First Front Door (FFD) program, funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, they can. Qualified homebuyers receive up to $5,000 in assistance toward down-payments and closing costs.

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Final deadline to apply for rent, utility assistance is March 31

Allegheny County officials are urging residents who need emergency rent or utility relief — and who have not yet applied for it — to do so before March 31. Persons who qualify for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP, can have past-due rent and utility payments made — if funding remains available — but

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Buying a home? You may be eligible for $5,000 in assistance

Buying your first home? You may be able to get up to $5,000 towards down payment and closing costs through the First Front Door (FFD) program, funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. Under FFD, qualified homebuyers can receive a 3-to-1 matching contribution from a participating FFD lender. That means that for every

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