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Category: Updates & Events

MVI is hitting the road this summer!

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

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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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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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It’s #GivingTuesday — how does your gift go to work at MVI?

The day after “Cyber Monday” has been dubbed “Giving Tuesday,” and Mon Valley Initiative, along with other charitable groups, is participating. If you are thinking about making a year-end charitable contribution, we’d appreciate it. You can donate to MVI in one of three ways … Give directly to MVI, via our website, using a credit

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Awards recognize community partners for their dedication to the Mon Valley

More than 200 people attended a banquet Thursday night honoring groups and volunteers from the communities that are represented in the Mon Valley Initiative. The awards ceremony at The Willow Room in Rostraver Township was emceed by Cara Sapida, a reporter and anchor for WPXI-TV (11), Pittsburgh. Sapida is a native of Turtle Creek in

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MVI honors community volunteers at annual dinner Oct. 20

“A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” —Jim Watkins, American humorist Turtle Creek native and WPXI-TV reporter Cara Sapida is scheduled to serve as master of ceremonies when the Mon Valley Initiative hosts its annual dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 20. Tickets are $35 and are

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Tackle your financial problems Oct. 10 — with help from MVI

Fall means football. It also means finishing up leftover tasks before the end of the year. So why not tackle your financial problems this fall? The Mon Valley Initiative, in cooperation with Neighborhood Allies, presents “Tackle Your Financial Goals” from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. This free workshop at the MVI offices, 305

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