04-5-2019  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News

Moneika, where are you from? I was born and raised right here in Pittsburgh. I currently live in the Hill District.   And what is your position at PCRG? I am the Communications & Event Coordinator. Currently, I am working to plan and promote PCRG’s Annual Community Development Summit.   Tell us a little bit [...]

04-5-2019  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

Following the passage of the statewide legislation in 2012, the City of Pittsburgh, community organizations, community development corporations and land bank advocates worked to create the City of Pittsburgh’s Land Bank Ordinance, which was enacted in 2014. The legislation was intended to create a citywide land bank that would return blighted, tax delinquent property to [...]

09-7-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News

The Fight to Establish the Allegheny County Children’s Fund Continues as it Moves to the November Ballot after Receiving 63,499 Signatures from across All 130 Municipalities Over the summer, a coalition of ten Allegheny County organizations came together and has worked endlessly to introduce a voter referendum in the November election with the intent of [...]

09-1-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News

On June 20, 2018, HUD requested public comment on possible amendments to HUD’s 2013 implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact rule.[1]  Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (The Fair Housing Act) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings and in other housing-related activities on the basis of [...]

07-27-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News

  In southwestern Pennsylvania, long-time residents are familiar with outsider’s stigmas about how Pittsburgh continues to cling to its dirty, industrial legacy, with smokestacks ejecting clouds of billowing, toxic chemicals for miles and miles on the City’s riverfront and lingering smog tinting the air. For those of us not originally from Pittsburgh, like myself, it’s [...]

07-25-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Member services, News, Partners, Programs, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

Like many neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, Observatory Hill, also known as Perry North, has seen significant decline over the past few decades. In recent years, Observatory Hill Incorporated, a local community group, has started to take action to address issues of blight and vacancy in their community. PCRG member Northside Leadership Conference has been working closely [...]

07-23-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News

PCRG held its first Developers’ Roundtable on June 29th, 2018, with the purpose of understanding affordable housing developers’ concerns related to utilizing the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). The Roundtable took place at PCRG and consisted of numerous developers from the Pittsburgh area, as well as a call-in from an outside developer. The purpose of [...]

06-28-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Advocacy, Members, News, Policy, Research, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

PCRG’s new publication, The Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act: 10 Years of Productive Reuse, is now available to our member organizations and the greater public. This volume includes case studies on prominent Allegheny County conservatorships, a look inside Philadelphia’s use, and policy surrounding the law. Ten years after the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed the Abandoned [...]

06-27-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Advocacy, Members, News, Policy, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

As many of you know, Pittsburgh has an acute shortage of affordable housing.  The reasons for the shortage are complex, and include factors as varied as: the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage lending requirements in mid-20th century America, which preferred single-family homes in homogeneous neighborhoods over mixed housing forms in heterogeneous neighborhoods; the decline in Pittsburgh’s [...]

06-14-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Events, News

The dust is starting to settle from our 2018 Summit. As always, our sessions are the heart of our Summit, and we couldn’t have a conference without our speakers. This year’s sixteen sessions were a blend of practical, how-to sessions; best-practice program reports; and reflections on the industry as a whole. Most of our speakers were [...]