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Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) is a coalition of nonprofit community based organizations and their core partners dedicated to the revitalization of urban neighborhoods. Through advocacy, policy creation, tool development and community empowerment through capacity building, we strive to create a more supportive environment for community revitalization in the Pittsburgh region. Organized in 1988 to provide a coordinated response to disparities in mortgage lending in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, PCRG has since grown to become a nationally recognized leader on issues of equitable access to credit. Through our Neighborhood Policy, Regional Policy and Banking Policy initiatives, PCRG works to:

  • Eradicate blight through land recycling;
  • Ensure the accessibility of capital and personal wealth in all markets;
  • Stabilize neighborhoods through increased community safety initiatives;
  • Prioritize investment in transit infrastructure and bring the community voice to transportation planning; and
  • Establish tools, programs, and policies that encourage development in urban neighborhoods.
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Hilltop Ride with PCRG’s Bike Team

    Hello community development cyclists! We’re nearing the end of the month, which means if you haven’t logged some/any (sad face…) of your recreational or commuting bike rides in July, you’ll need to do so before midnight tomorrow (Thursday, July 31) in order to get points for them. If you haven’t yet signed up to …

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July 2014 Newsletter

<<Back to Newsletter Archives Table of Contents Member Highlight: Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Want to Keep Your Community Safe? Try NextDoor Take the Vacant Lot Survey today! How does the Community Reinvestment Act Work? Dollar Bank uses PCRG Lending Study 5 Easy Steps to Creating a Great Busway “We are confident these investments will attract …

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Transit Tales Tells Stories

Over the last year, Transit Tales has collected more than 100 stories from transit riders, disabled riders, riders who have lost service, ACCESS drivers, Port Authority drivers, non-riders, youth, and elders. Some of those stories are available to the public on the project website (transittalespgh.org), the project YouTube Channel (youtube.com/transittalespgh), and in select editions of …

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Bipartisan Neighborhood Assistance Expansion Bill Introduced

Bipartisan Neighborhood Assistance Expansion Bill Gets Introduced, 49 Cosponsors to Date.  IS YOUR LEGISLATOR ON BOARD? Representative Killion (R, Chester) has introduced House Bill 2241 which doubles the appropriation of the Neighborhood Assistance Act (known as NAP) to $36 million, creates a $10 million affordable housing trust fund, and provides resources to protect at-risk veterans.  Many PCRG members …

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Johnson-Crapo Housing Finance Reform Bill Tabled

The Johnson-Crapo Bill—the Senate’s most recent effort to restructure the housing finance system by eliminating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—was tabled after being voted out of committee in a divided 13-9 vote.  PCRG supported the efforts of our national partner, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, to defeat the bill which would have a negative impact on …

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May 2014 Newsletter

<<Back to Newsletter Archives Table of Contents Member Highlight: Operation Better Block PCRG’s New 2014 Board of Directors PA Housing Alliance 2nd Annual Land Bank Summit Neighborhood Assistance Expansion Bill Introduced Johnson-Crapo Housing Finance Reform Bill Tabled Transit Tales Tells Stories Kiva Zip Offers 0% Interest Loans to Businesses PCRG’s Record Breaking Summit Thanks for …

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Support PCRG During Today’s Day of Giving Event!

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Annual Day of Giving is TODAY (Tuesday, May 6, 2014), and PCRG would like you to consider supporting our work. For over a quarter century, PCRG has worked with its coalition of community leaders for economic justice, equitable investment practices, and sufficient financial resources to revitalize communities throughout our region.  Every donation ($25-$1,000) …

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Action Alert: Johnson-Crapo sign-on extended to Friday, May 2nd

Dear PCRG members: By request, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) is accepting additional signatures for our Johnson-Crapo sign on letter (below and available for download here) until this Friday, May 2nd. The letter is having an impact, which we saw after the April 29 hearing was delayed. It’s being circulated on the Hill and …

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