Abandoned properties

There were two really interesting programs on NPR last week, both about dealing with abandoned properties. Thank you, Alexis, for sending the links on to PHCA.

The first, Providence Offers Help to Buy Foreclosed Homes, talks about providing low interest loans to home buyers and the second, Group Wants Abandoned Homes Torn Down, discusses a different strategy for dealing withblight.

PHCA has an active Housing Committee. We have just joined the Vacant Properties Working Group that is part of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. If you are interested in this issue, we could always use a hand. Please contact PHCA  to discuss participating on the committee.

Pittsburgh, be mine!


City of Pittsburgh – Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

Love notes for City will help mark 250th anniversary

To help commemorate our City’s 250th anniversary, the Mayor is asking for your answer to the question: Why do you love Pittsburgh? Over the next three weeks, the answers will be collected, and the Mayor and his staff will be reading the replies.

If you submit one of the final 10 most unique, exciting, romantic or unusual Pittsburgh Valentines, you’ll be invited to a Valentine’s reception with the Mayor!

Starting today, the City of Pittsburgh website will feature a “Pittsburgh Valentines” logo. Click on that logo to tell the Mayor why you love Pittsburgh in 50 words or less.

Mayor Ravenstahl and members of his staff will choose the 10 top reasons from those submitted. The authors of the most unique reasons will be invited to a noontime Valentine reception with the Mayor on Wednesday, Feb 13.

The top 10 reasons selected will also be posted on the City of Pittsburgh website to help commemorate Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary.

All entries must be received by Friday, Feb 8.