Braddock plaza is $1 million celebration of public, private cooperation

The grand opening of Braddock Civic Plaza on Aug. 11 is more than a celebration of a new greenspace, says the chief executive officer of the non-profit group that spearheaded its construction. Laura R. Zinski, CEO of Mon Valley Initiative, said the plaza is also a celebration of the public-private partnership that began as soon […]

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We’re hard at work this summer — help keep us that way!

Did you know that thanks to your support, the average median value of homes in communities served by Mon Valley Initiative is $61,125? That’s 33 percent higher than comparable nearby communities. Since its founding in 1988, Mon Valley Initiative has worked to strengthen our communities by promoting responsible homeownership, developing quality residential and commercial buildings, […]

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MVI salutes employers, job-seekers at annual breakfast

Six years ago, Rick Cobbs was worried. His job as a social services administrator was about to be eliminated and after 25 years in the field, he wasn’t sure what to do next. Cobbs was referred by United Way to Mon Valley Initiative, where he enrolled in the workforce and business development program at the […]

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Rivers Casino Pittsburgh to be honored for its commitment to hiring, training local employees

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh will be honored by Mon Valley Initiative for its dedication to improving employment opportunities throughout the region. The Employer Partner of the Year Award will be presented to casino employees at 9 a.m. July 20 at MVI’s 16th annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast, to be held at Rankin Christian Center, 230 Third Ave., […]

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Author and ‘champion of change’ will deliver keynote at re-entry conference June 8

  Author and entrepreneur Tracey D. Syphax will deliver a keynote address June 8 at a free conference discussing re-entry to the workforce. The Leadership & Empowerment Conference is being sponsored by the Allegheny County Anchored Re-Entry Consortium (ACAR) and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-Entry Coalition (SPARC), and will be held in the Foerster Student Services […]

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Free tax help available March 16

Residents of the Steel Valley area on low or fixed incomes and who need assistance preparing their tax returns can get free, professional help during a clinic planned in Homestead. The free tax clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16 at the Mon Valley Initiative, 305 E. 8th Ave. Appointments […]

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March 1, 2018

18 condo units being created inside landmark 1902 school

Vacant building near heart of Swissvale will gain new life as quality housing Work begins soon on a project to transform a historic elementary school in Swissvale into 18 condominiums. The re-use of the Deniston School will answer a need for high-quality, affordable housing in the east suburbs of Pittsburgh, says Laura R. Zinski, chief […]

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January 20, 2018

Confused about health insurance marketplace? Free help available Dec. 4

If you don’t have health insurance, or you’re unhappy with the insurance you do have, time is running out to sign up for 2018. That’s why Mon Valley Initiative and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh are teaming up again to provide free help, and information, about purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Health care navigators […]

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November 27, 2017

Don’t fumble your finances — tackle them Oct. 23

If you feel like your financial goals are beyond your reach, you’re not alone. About half of Americans don’t have anything saved for retirement, and more than 67 percent of us don’t budget for household expenses. Almost one in 10 of us don’t even have a bank account. For the second year in a row, […]

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New home takes shape in Monessen

Crews from Structural Modulars Inc. of Strattanville, Clarion County, and Disaster Restoration Services of Pittsburgh on July 24 began assembling a new home in the 900 block of Graham Avenue in Monessen. The majority of the three-bedroom, two-story house was constructed off-site and final construction will be completed by local crews in about 30 days, […]

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