Pittsburgh City Council passes inclusionary zoning legislation

Pittsburgh City Council passes inclusionary zoning legislation

To the glee of affordable housing advocates and chagrin of some real estate developers, Pittsburgh City Council passed an ordinance requiring developers to allocate ten percent of any Lawrenceville project featuring 20 units or more for affordable housing by an 8-0 vote on Wednesday. 

“This is really a historic moment, this is one of the major items that was suggested by our affordable housing task force and I think that we were able to apply the right tool to the right neighborhood needs,” Gross said. 
Thursday, July 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
City of Pittsburgh invests in affordable housing projects

City of Pittsburgh invests in affordable housing projects

This week both the City of Pittsburgh and the state took steps to invest in affordable housing. At the state level that meant five Pittsburgh low-income housing developments were awarded tax credits. On the city’s part, the Urban Redevelopment Authority approved several Housing Opportunity Fund’s initiatives for implementation around the city on Thursday.

Over the past few years, as Pittsburgh has become a more attractive location for redevelopment, in neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville older and less affluent residents have found themselves unable to afford the places they’d long called home. 

Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh high school students call on city council to invest in affordable housing

Pittsburgh high school students call on city council to invest in affordable housing

Since 2017 the City of Pittsburgh has had an unorthodox method of deciding the fate of a portion of future budgets. From 25 of the city’s best and brightest high school students, Pittsburgh City Council hears a recommendation on portion of the budget should best be spent. This year, after a rigorous application process and a crash course in local government the students requested that council allocate $125,000 of the 2020 capital budget towards a community land trust.
Thursday, May 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council finalizes budget

Pittsburgh council finalizes budget

Pittsburgh City Council approved the city’s first capital budget post-Act 47 status Tuesday, but not without hearing considerable criticism beforehand.

At the culmination of a month long effort,  two dozen affordable housing advocates testified before council that only restoring a portion of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s financial support from the city wasn’t enough to combat displacement within the city.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

Affordable housing advocates plead with Pittsburgh City Council for restored funding

With signs that alleged empty promises, affordable housing advocates advanced on Pittsburgh City Council chambers to plead with council to restore their funding for the 2019 capital budget.

When Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto proposed his budget for the new year, many advocates were disturbed to learn that their financial support from the city would decrease by $5 million, leaving the authority with $1.1 million from the capital budget.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
RSS
12345