‘No grit, no pearl’: Celebrate MVI’s 30th anniversary with us on Oct. 18

The traditional gift for a 30th anniversary is a pearl. And as everyone knows, it takes time — and grit — to produce one. It’s taken time and grit for Mon Valley Initiative to persevere and thrive since our founding on Dec. 1, 1988. That makes our upcoming annual dinner and community awards banquet a […]

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September 17, 2018

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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‘Our Kids’ petition may be signed at MVI’s Homestead office

The “Our Kids. Our Commitment” campaign is an effort to put a question on the Nov. 6 general election ballot asking Allegheny County residents whether they want to create an Allegheny County Children’s Fund. To place the question onto the ballot, organizers of the Allegheny County Children’s Fund Initiative must collect 40,000 signatures from registered […]

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July 6, 2018

What do you know about municipal planning?

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 […]

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April 4, 2018

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

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 […]

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July 26, 2017

MVI is hitting the road this summer!

Mon Valley Initiative is hitting the road, visiting communities throughout our service area this summer. On June 15, Tracey Reaves, MVI workforce development director attended McKeesport’s Good Neighbor Day (above photo), and on June 24, housing counselor Jonathan Weaver and real estate specialist Andrew Ritchie staffed a booth for Swissvale Community Day. If you have […]

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June 27, 2017

New tenants sign lease for restaurant in Braddock

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, […]

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Homebuyer’s Club April 27: Making a budget work for you

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! […]

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April 24, 2017

Leadership Pittsburgh tours Swissvale project sites

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 […]

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Up to $5,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance available

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 […]

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March 7, 2017