Black Lives Matter to us

Photo: Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Pittsburgh, 2018. (Mark Dixon photo via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons.) The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has set off a wave of protests around the world, and here in Western Pennsylvania. These demonstrations are not only an expression of anger — they […]

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June 23, 2020

Interest rates are at historic lows. Is it time to go house-hunting?

Usually, the best time to buy a house is in the late summer or early fall — but 2020 is turning out to be anything but a usual year. With the economy expected to tip into a recession, homebuying is probably the last thing on many people’s minds. On the other hand, mortgage rates are […]

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Q&A: What should I do if I can’t pay my bills?

A lot of people are struggling with unemployment or losses of income during shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. MVI staff members have compiled this list of tips and suggestions that may be helpful. What do I do if I can’t make my home loan or rent payment? If you have a mortgage and can’t […]

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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

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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Reservations now being accepted for annual award ceremony, dinner

Make plans now to attend our annual community awards dinner on Oct. 17 at the award-winning Sunset Room, along Route 48 in Elizabeth Township. We will be honoring state Rep. Austin Davis with our Sen. H. John Heinz III Award for Community Service and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank with our Regional Partnership Award. In […]

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September 19, 2019

Charleroi house tour April 7 features program that offers up to $10K homebuying cash

1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019 Mon Valley Initiative office 435 McKean Ave., Charleroi Refreshments … free information! If you’ve been thinking about buying your own home, plan to attend a house tour on April 7, where you could learn how to get up to $10,000 in assistance with your down payment and […]

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#GivingTuesday: $30 for 30 years of working together

Above: J&L’s South Side Works, 1988, photographed by The Pittsburgh Press Sunday Magazine.   In the early 1980s, steel mills and factories throughout the Mon Valley were closing and being abandoned. A national research organization said the region was facing the same devastation as a community that had been overwhelmed by a natural disaster such […]

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November 27, 2018

We’ve come a long way since 1988

For the past 30 years, planning and partnership have been the keys to the success of Mon Valley Initiative—and our most important partners have been people just like you. Think of how far we’ve come as an organization—and a region—since MVI was founded on Dec. 1, 1988. When rusty buildings and abandoned railroads lined our […]

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November 13, 2018