06-22-2015  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Community Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan, Events, News, Programs, Resources

  If you’re interested in buying a fixer-upper and would like to learn more about a unique financing option, PCRG will hold an info session for the Community Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan (CARL) on Tuesday, June 30th from 6-7PM at 1901 Centre Ave., Suite 200 (food will be provided). With only a 5% down payment* and no [...]

Table of Contents Member Highlight: GTECH Strategies Tell the Legislature to Expand Neighborhood Assistance Program Payday Lending is Zombie Politics That Just Will Not Die. Summit Reflections Worth a Read; Worth the Work PCRG Staff Participates in Leadership Development Training Grants for First-time Homebuyers Using CARL Pittsburgh’s Vacant Lots: Obstacles to Opportunity Our New 2015-2016 [...]

06-9-2015  | 0 Comments  |  by Chris Sandvig  |  Published in About, Advocacy, Members, News, Partners, Policy

As a community development expert, you know the value of Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAP). You also know that $18 million doesn’t go as far as it did in 1971, and communities and investors and the Commonwealth could benefit from an expanded program. PCRG, with partners across the state, is working to do just that. [...]

06-8-2015  | 0 Comments  |  by Chris Sandvig  |  Published in News, Policy

Yes, it’s June.  And yes, it’s back.  Payday lending, that is.  The “Debt Trap by Design.” What’s Payday Lending? Click the video below, by Pew Charitable Trusts, to find out. Last week, State Senator John Yudichak (D-Carbon) dropped a co-sponsorship memo to bring payday lenders to Pennsylvania. The memo strikes up a familiar tune, claiming [...]

06-3-2015  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Events, Member services, Members, News, Partners

561 attendees from 10 different states convened at the Omni William Penn Hotel on May 12-13 for PCRG’s 5th Annual Community Development Summit. We crunched the numbers from the surveys and over 90% of the responses indicated 4 (great) or 5 (excellent) when rating the strength of the session panels. We had a record number [...]

06-1-2015  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Reimagining Communities Initiative

  This spring, thanks to the generosity of member organization NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania, PCRG was able to send Community Coordinators Kevin Boyle and Alyssa Lyon to NeighborWorks Training Institute (NTI) in Kansas City, Missouri.  This nationally renowned weeklong training provides the space for community leaders to share and discuss a variety of community development topics, [...]