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 […]Read More Clairton officials receive Governor’s Award for community and economic revitalization
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 […]Read More Program offers nutritious lunches, friendly advice
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 […]Read More Celebration marks $16.7M Clairton development
(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?