Pittsburgh’s affordable housing fund collects community input, but some still hunger for action

Pittsburgh’s affordable housing fund collects community input, but some still hunger for action

With the passage of a controversial deed transfer tax last year, Pittsburgh has its affordable housing fund. Entrusted to a board of 16 city leaders and advocates, the board met this week for its second hearing on how to use the $10 million pool.

But even as the listening continues, some members are already pushing to get the funding into the city’s 90 neighborhoods immediately to start addressing an 18,000 unit deficit in affordable housing.
Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh waits for state review of new accessibility codes, passes on expanding animal control

Pittsburgh waits for state review of new accessibility codes, passes on expanding animal control

Pittsburgh City Council met Tuesday, agreeing to prod the state for further action on building accessibility codes, while also refusing a measure to use city resources in a small borough lying entirely within the city.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh residents plead with council to keep the PWSA public

Pittsburgh residents plead with council to keep the PWSA public

Pittsburgh residents are not thrilled with the idea of a partnership between the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Peoples Natural Gas.

That’s why most of Wednesday night saw residents telling city council members that privatization would spell disaster for the city.

Friday, July 20, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

More than a hundred registered speakers took to Pittsburgh City Council chambers to voice their opinions, largely skeptical, of a $2 billion expansion of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital — catching a few members' ears in the process.

UPMC, the multi-billion dollar health care and insurance enterprise, gained council’s approval in 2012 to expand its Mercy campus in Uptown — a rundown neighborhood sandwiched between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Thursday, July 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
General Assembly Democrats gather in Pittsburgh to discuss policing policy

General Assembly Democrats gather in Pittsburgh to discuss policing policy

In light of the death of Antwon Rose Jr. in a June police shooting, Democratic lawmakers from all over the commonwealth listened to testimony from law enforcement officials, consultants and social justice advocates Tuesday with the weighty goal of improving policing and community relations. 

However, after three hours of testimony that left legislators with more questions than answers, the road to reform looks to be a long one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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