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
Philadelphia City Council passes tenant reforms, revises occupancy disputes

Philadelphia City Council passes tenant reforms, revises occupancy disputes

Philadelphia’s City Council recently passed four major bills in addition to the anticipated Fair Work Week legislation. These measures give more rights to tenants, attempt to resolve trespassing ordinances on occupancy disputes, and raised the minimum wage for city workers and contractors.

Most of these bills were introduced in June or during the fall session. With council meeting once more in the 2018 calendar, passage becomes increasingly important as next year brings elections.
Monday, December 10, 2018/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Affordable housing measures pass Philadelphia City Council

Affordable housing measures pass Philadelphia City Council

Philadelphia City Council passed ten bills and resolutions in their weekly public meeting on Thursday, focusing on zoning and housing measures. If signed by Mayor Jim Kenney, they will change some tax rules and create more funding for affordable units and programs to assist existing homeowners.
Thursday, October 4, 2018/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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