Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG), a program of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), is a collaboration of non-profit, community-based organizations, financial institutions and other stakeholders who have an interest in eliminating blight and revitalizing communities.

2019-2020 Meeting Schedule

The VPWG meets on the second Friday of every month. VPWG is open to all community groups, partners, and interested parties in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Call the PCRG office at 412-391-6732 to be added to the mailing list or to RSVP for an upcoming meeting.

Vacant Property Working Group
September 13, 2019 March 13, 2020
October 11, 2019 April 10, 2020
November 8, 2019 June 12, 2020
December 13, 2019 July 10, 2020
January 10, 2020 May 12, 2019
February 14, 2020 June 12, 2020

Problem Statement:

Land is a finite resource – we know what we have, where it is and how much there is – and we cannot keep up with the pace of abandonment and deterioration.

Mission:

To enable the revitalization of all land in the Greater Pittsburgh Area

Vision Statement:

The City of Pittsburgh and its greater MSA has unlocked the potential of its land-both public, private and that of unknown ownership-so that the systems, policies, programs, and resources exist which provide for a diverse array of opportunities for future use that result in increased market values and enhanced quality of life for our residents and visitors

The objective is to identify economic development policies, programs, and resources that are necessary for neighborhood-based redevelopment. The program works collectively towards the eradication of vacant and nuisance properties within the neighborhoods of the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

VPWG Co-Chair: Tim Dolan

VPWG Administration: PCRG Staff

Activities:

  • Coordinate Treasurer’s Sale and Pittsburgh Property Reserve
  • Incremental improvement of existing land recycling processes on local level
  • Regularly convene table of stakeholders advancing the Working Group Mission/Vision
  • Educate:
    *Community Agencies on how-to use land recycling mechanisms
    *Other stakeholders on their role/interaction with Land Recycling and Revitalization in the Greater Pittsburgh area
  • Advocate with Elected Leadership on Blight Reduction, Tax Reform, Land Use and other Land-centric policies
  • Identify neighborhood training needs and (partner)host trainings that meet those needs
  • Expand relationships to open land acquisition options up for neighborhood-based groups and city partners
  • Work with Lending institutions on disposition of REO portfolios
  • Engage City Agencies on blight reduction programming
  • Provide access to information not readily available to the general public

Current Topics

For more information, see the VPWG Members Area.

Services

The Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG) concentrates on two areas of programming: public policy development and real estate acquisition. Organizations participating in VPWG focus groups and monthly meetings are given the opportunity to provide comments to public officials and develop innovative solutions associated with property recycling.

The Vacant Property Working Group provides a variety of technical assistance opportunities for participating organizations. Assistance ranges from information transfer between group members to facilitating the acquisition of tax delinquent real estate through government tax sales. Through collective problem solving and the facilitation of property information, the Vacant Property Working Group helps communities create and implement effective neighborhood redevelopment strategies.

Service area

Because the policy issues associated with blighted communities often extends across boundaries, Vacant Property Working Group creates a policy development forum available to all communities in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. This allows for a collaborative process and the sharing of ideas and information. While the policy group consists of a larger geographic agenda, property-recycling services are focused solely on community organizations inside the city of Pittsburgh.

Partners

Nearly 50 organizations work with VPWG on an ongoing basis, sharing information, assisting with project development or seeking input from community members. Our partners include community organizations, faith-based entities, government agencies, financial institutions, universities and other community stakeholders.

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