City of Pittsburgh grapples with food insecurity

City of Pittsburgh grapples with food insecurity

Food insecurity is the state of being unable to obtain a sufficient amount of healthy food on the daily basis. Nationally, 12.9 percent of the population are food insecure. In Pennsylvania 12.5 percent of the population fits the category, but in the City of Pittsburgh an alarming 21 percent of residents are food insecure.

The reasons for this are complex and vary from family to family, but after a nearly two hour post-agenda of testimony before Pittsburgh City Council last week, hunger advocates agree it will require a systemic change to address food insecurity in Pittsburgh.

Monday, April 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
City of Pittsburgh releases Pittsburgh Equity Indicator report

City of Pittsburgh releases Pittsburgh Equity Indicator report

The city of Pittsburgh released its second annual report on the Pittsburgh Equity Indicators, a set of 80 measures that examine disparities based on race, gender, and/or income in multiple areas to better understand opportunities available to Pittsburgh residents.

“This analysis is a start towards untangling the deep roots of inequality that exist in this city,” Mayor Bill Peduto said.

Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh District 7 and 9 candidates come together for a resident driven forum

Pittsburgh District 7 and 9 candidates come together for a resident driven forum

In a month Pittsburgh City Council members up for reelection will largely have their fates decided in the primary election. The race consists of Democrats facing off with other Democrats. Short of challenges in the general election in November, who takes the primary takes the council seat. But before voters head to the ballot box, Pittsburgh United, a local advocacy group, hoped to give voters a closer look at the candidates.

On Monday night candidates in the races for District 7 and District 9 came together for an audience-driven forum at Repair the World to answer voters’ questions about what they had to offer.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Controller unveils financial transparency program

Pittsburgh City Controller unveils financial transparency program

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb unveiled a new and unprecedented way for Pittsburghers to have access to the city’s spending payroll information and employee demographics.

“This platform brings a new level of transparency to City government and makes the information more user-friendly and available for the public’s use,” Lamb said.

 

Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Metcalfe crafting impeachment resolution against Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Metcalfe crafting impeachment resolution against Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

The push for gun control in Pittsburgh has been met with wariness from gun advocates since the idea began gaining real traction in December. However some guns rights activists have taken their anger over newly signed gun control ordinances to court, in the form of lawsuits and even criminal complaints against Pittsburgh City Council and Mayor Bill Peduto. But as of yesterday, Peduto in particular is facing backlash not just from residents but from the state legislature, in the form of an announcement by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) that he is drafting a resolution to start impeachment proceedings against the mayor.
Thursday, April 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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