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 […]Read More #GivingTuesday: $30 for 30 years of working together
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 […]Read More We’ve come a long way since 1988
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, […]Read More We’re hard at work this summer — help keep us that way!
Upcoming workshop reviews permits, approvals and timelines If you’re involved with planning or zoning in your municipality, or you’re interested in learning how those processes work, you may want to attend an upcoming workshop being sponsored by Allegheny County Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “The Local Development Review Process […]Read More What do you know about municipal planning?
July 25, 2017 We hope you’re having a great summer! Even though summer is often a time to relax and slow down a bit, your MVI staff and volunteers remain hard at work. Over the past few months, your friends at MVI have: Completed work at Eisenberg’s Apartments, a 13-unit building in Monessen; Nearly completed […]Read More We’re hard at work this summer — help keep us busy!
Above: Tracey Reaves, director of workforce and business development, and Camille Smith, workforce development specialist, talk to visitors at McKeesport’s Good Neighbor Day on June 15. Mon Valley Initiative is hitting the road, visiting communities throughout our service area this summer. On June 15, Tracey Reaves, MVI workforce development director, and Camille Smith, workforce development […]Read More MVI is hitting the road this summer!
As Patrick Shattuck, real estate and community outreach director for Mon Valley Initiative, looks on, Miriam Strong and Fernando Espejel get ready to sign a lease for their new restaurant in the historic Braddock Free Press building. Along with Maria Delpilar, Espejel and Strong operate Brassero Grill, a successful and popular food truck serving tacos, […]Read More New tenants sign lease for restaurant in Braddock
In real life, you can’t pass “Go” every time you need another $200. But parking and utilities aren’t free, and if you want to buy property, you probably don’t have a Rich Uncle Pennybags to help. So join Avis Williams from Citizens Bank for a discussion of how to make a budget—and stick to it! […]Read More Homebuyer’s Club April 27: Making a budget work for you
Members of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIII learned about efforts to revitalize Swissvale during a walking tour of the borough on April 5. The tour was led by Patrick Shattuck, Mon Valley Initiative real estate director, and Stephanie Eson, MVI senior community outreach coordinator. About 10 people were greeted at lunch by Swissvale Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder, then […]Read More Leadership Pittsburgh tours Swissvale project sites
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 […]Read More Up to $5,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance available