(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, […]Read More Time is running out for the Mon Valley to complete the 2020 U.S. Census
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 […]Read More To refinance, or not refinance? Let’s look at the numbers
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 […]Read More Nominate volunteers, organizations for our community partner awards
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 […]Read More Need assistance paying your rent? We can help
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 […]Read More Black Lives Matter to us
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 […]Read More Interest rates are at historic lows. Is it time to go house-hunting?
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 […]Read More Q&A: What should I do if I can’t pay my bills?
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 […]Read More ACED cancelling public hearings next week
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 […]Read More Fun, free event Nov. 7 promotes smart financial choices
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 […]Read More Davis, Food Bank honored by MVI at annual awards banquet