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Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

11-27-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Policy, Resources, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

Two weeks ago, on Tuesday, November 14, the House Urban Affairs Committee held a hearing entitled A Progress Report on PA Land Banks at the Five-Year Mark. Witnesses testified to the accomplishments of land banks across the state. The hearing provided an opportunity for reflection; while much has been accomplished, land banking in Pittsburgh is still more theoretical [...]

07-17-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Member services, News, Programs, Resources, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

In recent months, affordable housing policy has been in both the national and local news. PCRG members and partners advocate for legislation and programs to support affordable housing, but they are also actively involved in affordable housing production. PCRG supports our members’ involvement both through research and advocacy, as well as through programs. These programs include [...]

03-10-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Newsletter Archives, Policy, Resources, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

The disposition of land in our neighborhoods should be an important issue to every Pittsburgh resident. Land is a finite resource, and the Pittsburgh Land Bank has the potential to unlock currently vacant land and be a tool to revitalize currently abandoned houses. However, it’s important for the public as individuals and as groups to [...]

03-9-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Newsletter Archives, Partners, Programs, Resources, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

Over the past few weeks, the first conservatorship cases within the City of Pittsburgh have been completed. In January 2017, more than forty-five cases were pending in the Pittsburgh court system. Filed by individuals and nonprofits from the West End to the North Side and the East End, cases addressed properties from vacant lots and [...]

02-10-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Policy, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

On February 10, 2017, the Pittsburgh Land Bank Board of Directors released the long-awaited Policies and Procedures draft. The draft document can be read in full and in a summarized version on the Pittsburgh Land Bank (PLB) website. The PLB Board encourages all interested parties in the City of Pittsburgh to read and submit feedback both [...]

01-12-2017  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Programs, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

In 2016, a new program began making a significant impact on communities served by PCRG’s members. PCRG has been involved with land revitalization work in Pittsburgh for many years, both through direct, on-the-ground work in communities and through programs like the Vacant Property Working Group. As an extension of our work enabling our member organizations [...]