04-5-2019  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News

Each spring, PCRG sends its staff down to Washington D.C. to attend the National Community Reinvest Coalition’s Just Economy Conference  - a four day event that brings together hundreds of community development stakeholders and practitioners to grapple with affordable housing, fair lending, and economic justice. PCRG staff, board members, and AmeriCorps VISTAs had the opportunity [...]

07-27-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s quarterly newsletter Evidence Matters recently released an entire issue dedicated to regulatory barriers to affordable housing. In just over 20 pages, HUD researchers put forth a compelling argument that well-intentioned zoning law place the value of community aesthetics and preferences over livability for LMI renters and homeowners. In high-cost cities [...]

06-28-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News

One of the Federal Home Loan Bank’s (FHLB) flagship programs – the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) – will soon be changing if new proposed rules are adopted. The AHP, as it currently stands, is a flexible pool of funds generated from 10% net earnings from each FHLBank. PCRG’s members are likely familiar with the First [...]

04-26-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) held its annual Just Economy conference from April 9 -11, 2018 in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington D.C. This year’s conference had a record number of attendees from all over the country convening to discuss and learn about affordable housing, fair lending, gentrification, healthcare and more. Like last [...]

02-27-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News

The full impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, also known as the federal tax bill from this past December, is beginning to make itself known in the community development sector. One new program that got very little attention in the national debate that raged throughout the early November and December was [...]

01-31-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News

‘Reason as Racism,’ an op-ed run by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has been ably critiqued at the local and national levels. However, PCRG and its members should take special notice of this kind of thinking, still alive and well in Western Pennsylvania, which puts the pain of being called racist before the pain of being subjected to it. [...]

10-26-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News

Small and large nonprofits alike can, at times, find working with data a difficult and mystifying chore. As pools of funding for nonprofits continue to shrink, proving your efficacy and reach becomes increasingly important. Collecting, visualizing, and forecasting data well can give you an edge, both in securing funding and improving your organization’s decision-making. One [...]

06-16-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News, Newsletter Archives, Policy, Programs

In anticipation of the adoption of Mayor Peduto’s proposed capital budget, the City’s Office of Community Affairs hosted two deliberative forums, one in Brookline on June 8th, and one in Shadyside on June 14th. Deliberative forums give citizens the ability brainstorm and discuss issues with policy makers and one another, and provides a more participatory [...]

03-11-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News, Newsletter Archives, Policy, Research

Recent HMDA Data Shows Growth in Lending In Allegheny County, But Persistent Racial Lending Gaps Remain The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), which requires the majority of lending institutions in the United States to provide the federal government and the public with their yearly lending history, is now available. Because of the delay in the [...]

03-10-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in Banking, News, Newsletter Archives, Policy, Resources

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, a longstanding program operated by HUD, continues to be a primary source of support for the City of Pittsburgh and its community organizations in 2017. This year’s capital budget, which can be viewed in its entirety here, receives 17% ($12.5 million) of its total funds from the CDBG program. [...]