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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 [...]

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 [...]

03-8-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Newsletter Archives, Research

Figure 1: LMI Census Tracts Identified in Allegheny County Figure 2: LMI Census Tracts Identified across the Pittsburgh Region   In the City of Pittsburgh and across the Pittsburgh region, there is a growing affordability crisis for many individuals and families seeking services, housing, amenities, and sufficient and reliable transportation. According to the U.S. Department of Housing [...]

01-10-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in Banking, News, Newsletter Archives, Policy, Research

  In late December, Pittsburgh’s City Council passed legislation creating the Housing Opportunity Fund (HOF), a special fund overseen by a governing board that will create and preserve affordable housing in the city. However, one major component was missing from the legislation – how it will be funded. The Affordable Housing Task Force, first convened [...]

09-14-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Alix Levy  |  Published in News, Research

Changes are coming to PCRG’s Mortgage Lending Study to make it more user-friendly, and targeted at trends we’re seeing in the lending industry. To that end, we are splitting the study into smaller, thematic publications, the first being a peer cities analysis that compares our city’s low- and moderate-income lending practices to other economically and [...]

07-15-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in About, Banking, News, Policy, Research

PCRG is excited to announce the hiring of our newest staff member, Alix Levy. Alix will be working as our Research Analyst. We asked Alix some questions to introduce her to our newsletter readers. Where are you from? Pittsburgh, PA Tell us a little about your background: I studied International Political Economy at GSPIA, the University [...]

07-14-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in

2016 Award Recipients Lauren Connelly, 2016 Neighborhood Leader Award New Voices Pittsburgh, 2016 Community Development Award Bridgeway Capital, 2016 Community Development Award PNC Bank, Community Banking Award Dollar Bank, Community Banking Award Allegheny Valley Bank, Community Banking Award Joseph Foster, Community Reinvestment Act Award Christ Oravetz, Community Reinvestment Act Award Don Reed, Founders Award

05-2-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Programs, Research

Job Description: RESEARCH ANALYST Background: PCRG, incorporated in 1988, is a nonprofit membership organization of community development corporations (CDCs), community-based organizations (CBOs) and community service groups throughout western Pennsylvania.  We ensure that the Pittsburgh region has one voice, organizing for smart policies for financial lending practices, land use, transit, and infrastructure. In addition to its own [...]

04-28-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Reimagining Communities Initiative, Research, Resources

Community development professionals have their work cut out for them. Great effort is put into revitalizing communities. Compounding matters, those involved working for community development organization are often working with a small to nonexistent budget and may be volunteers rather than paid staff. These challenges can make it difficult to find the time to step [...]

02-5-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Banking, News, Policy, Research

This year, the City of Pittsburgh contracted with PCRG to help streamline the implementation of the City’s Responsible Banking Ordinance (RBO), passed in 2012. The Responsible Banking Ordinance brings the lessons of the federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to the local level. When Congress passed the CRA in the 1970s to combat redlining, its premise [...]