In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

A Will of Council introduced Tuesday in Pittsburgh City Council to re-locate a clean needle exchange program in the city turned the focus on the state’s prohibition to allow such places to exist. 

Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP), a nonprofit organization that provides health services to injection drug users, is moving one of its three locations to the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in the neighborhood of East Liberty with the hope of expanding their reach and their services. 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor issues Executive Orders on affordable housing

Pittsburgh Mayor issues Executive Orders on affordable housing

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued two executive orders on Tuesday to begin implementing recommendations by the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force, covering ways to protect people from losing their housing. 

“My administration is committed to creating a livable city for all,” said Mayor Peduto in a letter along with the orders. “These executive orders are the first step in a long process to solve not only the challenges of today but to lay the foundations for an equitable Pittsburgh in the future.” 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a number of controversial legislation this week, including measures punishing so-called “sanctuary cities,” prohibiting the deduction of union dues to be used for political purposes, and restricting abortions.

The Allegheny County state legislative delegation voting largely along party lines when the bills were considered on the Floor.
Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County announces new program for low, limited income families

Allegheny County announces new program for low, limited income families

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald was joined Thursday morning by representatives from the Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County-Habitat Homeownership Initiative to announce a collaborative to provide homeownership opportunities for low and limited income families- a first for the county.  

 

“Homeownership remains one of the most important goals because of the benefits it provides to families and the communities in which they live,” said Fitzgerald. “We want people to invest in their homes, their community and this county and know that, for many, that investment begins as a homeowner.”  

Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved Scott Schubert’s appointment as chief of the city’s Bureau of Police on Tuesday. 

“I think this is a great appointment by the Mayor,” said Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2). “We’ve seen [Schubert] first hand serve the community as commander of our zone, attend countless community meetings…it's just tremendous.”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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