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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 [...]

10-19-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in Advocacy, Member services, News, Policy

This past May, Mayor Peduto’s Affordable Housing Task Force published their findings and recommendations for how we can best retain and create housing within reach of low- and middle-income Pittsburghers. Their very first suggestion was the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, now known as the Housing Opportunity Fund (HOF). The HOF would be [...]

10-11-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Advocacy, Events, News, Policy, Programs

Every eighteen months, the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference takes place in different American city. On September 28-30, over 1,000 community development professionals gathered in Baltimore to attend this year’s conference. PCRG staff attended RVP 2016 to learn more about vacant properties and network with community development professionals from around the country. Sessions on land banks, code enforcement, [...]

07-7-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Chris Sandvig  |  Published in Advocacy, News, Policy, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

You read that right. 20 years ago this month, PCRG and its members began this journey toward a land bank and other tools to recycle Pittsburgh’s blighted, vacant, and abandoned properties. It’s actually why our Vacant Property Working Group – VPWG – was created. Since then, VPWG has successfully advocated for the critical policies, tools, [...]

05-17-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Ernie Hogan  |  Published in Advocacy, Banking, Member services, Members, News, Programs

At PCRG’s annual Membership Meeting during the 2016 Community Development Summit, Pittsburgh’s community development leaders celebrated their shared successes through the membership organization, and discussed opportunities and challenges that a New Pittsburgh has created.  The group also announced new board members, and celebrated the doubling of its membership since 2010.  Today, PCRG has over 55 [...]

04-7-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Chris Sandvig  |  Published in Advocacy, GoBurgh, News, Policy, Resources

PCRG recently submitted the following testimony to Port Authority regarding its fare policy proposal. PCRG has put considerable effort into understanding the benefits and disadvantages of this policy, including the implications for our neighborhoods. We have several concerns regarding the upcoming move away from cash fares; in particular, what it means to those most reliant [...]

01-21-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Chris Sandvig  |  Published in Advocacy, GoBurgh, News

If you spend any time near Downtown Pittsburgh’s Sixth and Smithfield corner, you’ve probably noticed the sidewalk extension installed earlier this year.  What that’s all about was revealed this week, as Envision Downtown transformed it from simple bus stop into a full-on, street-level transit station. We couldn’t be happier. Why?  For over 6,000 reasons, plus [...]

01-8-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Advocacy, Banking, Members, News, Partners, Research

Josh Silver, Senior Advisor at National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), recently wrote about “Public Benefits and Bank Mergers” in a Shelterforce blog post. Silver writes, “…a merger represents an important opportunity for community groups to weigh in regarding credit needs in communities and whether banks are meeting these needs.” PCRG writes comment letters on all bank mergers and acquisitions in [...]

11-5-2015  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Advocacy, News

On October 22nd and 23rd, Councilman Ricky Burgess held two Wage Review Committee hearings to address the issue of low and/or stagnating wages at major health institutions in the city of Pittsburgh.  The Wage Review Committee is one component of Councilman Burgess and Councilman Dan Lavelle’s ‘A Liveable City For All’ agenda which aims to improve [...]