Reimagining Communities Initiative

Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) established the Reimagining Communities Initiative in 2011 with the goal of building capacity within distressed neighborhoods that have not had an active presence within the community development system. Recognizing that such an approach to neighborhood stabilization must be comprehensive to ensure success and long-term sustainability, Reimagining Communities employs a catalytic new community development strategy that melds traditional and holistic approaches within a modern context. In addition to driving residential investment and vacant property mitigation, significant emphasis is placed on personal wealth attainment through the direct provision of financial literacy, homeownership, and foreclosure counseling. Connecting these two programmatic facets is a commitment to consistent and deliberate resident engagement and inclusion, empowering residents and community-based organizations to become active stakeholders in their neighborhood’s future and economic health. As this innovative model continues to grow and adapt to include vital components like workforce development, job-readiness training, and health and human service provision, complete community revitalization will be realized.
The success of the Reimagining Communities Initiative hinges on the ability to develop strategic partnerships and broad-based coalitions. In its nearly 25 year existence, PCRG has demonstrated the ability to facilitate and maintain positive working relationships with residents, community organizations, businesses, financial institutions, and government. When coupled with an unrelenting commitment to eliminate disparities, Reimagining Communities serves as a powerful model and example of the significant impact that such collaboration can have on our region’s communities.

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