Public voices opinions about Pittsburgh Housing Opportunity Fund

Pittsburgh City Council held a public hearing Wednesday evening to discuss the Pittsburgh Housing Opportunity Fund, a tool to help create new affordable housing, rental assistance and rental rehab across the city. 

With the need for affordable housing growing in a vastly-expanding Pittsburgh, the fund's goal is to raise a minimum of $10 million annually to create as many as 6,840 affordable housing units over the course of 10 years. 

“There’s a shortage of approximately 17,000-18,000 units where those individuals are paying more towards housing needs than they should,” said Councilman Lavelle, sponsor of the Housing Opportunity Fund legislation. “But there is also a need for a dedicated revenue stream given that were losing more dollars coming out of the federal government, losing dollars from the state, we really need to set a special fund to be able to deal with housing within the city.” 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Council considers construction of a new district energy plant

The proposed construction of a NRG Energy steam power plant in Pittsburgh’s Uptown district was the topic of a public hearing in City Council chambers on Tuesday afternoon.

A Conditional Use Application has been placed by NRG Center Pittsburgh on behalf of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the property owner, to provide chilled and hot water, and steam energy to surrounding industrial, residential, and commercial buildings in the area such as the Consol Energy Center, behind which the site is poised to be built.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Council poised to address issue of affordable housing in the city

Pittsburgh City Council is set to consider legislation that would establish a fund to create fair and affordable housing across the city. 


The Pittsburgh Housing Opportunity Fund is the result of a recommendation by the recently completed report from the Affordable Housing Task Force to address the growing need for affordable housing. 


Sponsor of the legislation, Councilman Daniel Lavelle (District 6), said the goal of the fund is to raise a minimum of $10 million annually to support the creation of new affordable housing, rental assistance or rental rehab, and create as many as 6,840 affordable units over the course of 10 years. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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