PCRG is a membership organization for Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), and related nonprofits that represent low- and moderate- income communities throughout Allegheny County.
PCRG brings community groups, financial institutions, nonprofits, and government agencies together to collaborate in the revitalization of Allegheny County. In 1988, PCRG organized as a coalition of community-based organizations to provide a coordinated response to the bank practice of “redlining”—the refusal of conventional mortgage credit in low-income communities—and in 1990, PCRG incorporated as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit. Since then, the financial services markets have evolved, and so has PCRG.
PCRG’s work has adapted to the changing landscape of community development and has grown to meet the needs of its members and communities:
- In 1998, PCRG established the Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG) to simplify the process of recycling title to abandoned and tax delinquent properties.
- In 2002, PCRG created the Anti-Predatory Lending Initiative (APLI) to protect low-income homeowners from predatory lenders; the APLI successfully came to a close in 2011.
- In 2006, PCRG began creating working groups to tackle other prevalent issues such as: REO properties, housing court, development pipelines, etc.
- In 2009, PCRG established GoBurgh, a consortium of community groups advocating for smart transportation systems in Allegheny County. Other working groups include: Safe Neighborhoods Network, Community Bankers Collaborative Council, and the Vacant Property Working Group. These working groups operate on an “as needed” basis, and the group dissolves once the task is completed.
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