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07-27-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Adrie Fells  |  Published in News, Newsletter Archives

Table of Contents Vacant House Renovated In Observatory Hill Through NCST First PCRG Developers Roundtable Recap City Council Approves Crosstown Blvd Park HUD Releases Evidence-Driven Publication on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing PCRG Travels to Washington, D.C. to Discuss Fintech and the CRA Hey Pittsburgh: Let’s Talk about Environmental Justice Vacant House Renovated In Observatory [...]

07-27-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Ernie Hogan  |  Published in News

  PCRG’s Executive Director, Ernie Hogan, travelled to Washington this month as part of an NCRC board delegation. This group of met with Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome H. Powell and Federal Reserve Board Governor, Randal K. Quarles, Vice Chairman for Supervision. During this meeting, PCRG spoke of the importance of expanding assessment areas in the [...]

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 [...]

07-27-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Kathryn Schlesinger  |  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 Sarah Slater  |  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 [...]

07-24-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Adrie Fells  |  Published in News

City Council has unanimously approved a plan that Mayor Bill Peduto says “will help heal one of Pittsburgh’s worst efforts at urban renewal, when decades ago city planners separated the Hill District from Downtown and cut the lifeblood from one of our most historic communities.” More than $26M has been earmarked for an ambitious plan [...]

07-23-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Matt Sanders  |  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 [...]

06-29-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Adrie Fells  |  Published in News

Table of Contents PCRG Reacts to Possible Changes to the FHLB’s Affordable Housing Program Sessions at the 2018 Summit Praised by Attendees Affordable Housing, Zoning, and ADUs in Pittsburgh Neighborhoods PCRG Continues Fight Against Blight and Abandonment with New Guide PCRG Reacts to Possible Changes to the FHLB’s Affordable Housing Program Last modified on 2018-07-16 [...]

06-28-2018  | 0 Comments  |  by Sabreena Woods  |  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 [...]

06-28-2018  | 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 [...]