It's here!

The link to our Annual Meeting presentation by Sara Pratt is now available here.

Thank you to all who were able to attend the first annual meeting of the AFFH Task Force. If you were unable to attend, please check out the video of Sara Pratt's presentation.  Minutes will be available in July after a vote to adopt by the full Task Force. 

We are pleased to announce the newly elected Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary of the Task Force:

Chair: Helen Gerhardt, Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations

Vice Chair: Marimba Milliones, Hill Community Development Corp.

Secretary: Gale Schwartz, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania

The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Task Force was initiated by the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations in 2013 as a result of the FY 2012 Update to the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) study for the City of Pittsburgh. The AI recommended a “…Countywide Approach to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” and suggested strategies towards the goal of “providing housing and economic opportunities for low- and moderate income persons and protected classes to live and work outside impacted areas (Pg. 11).” The strategies include the following:

  • 7-A: The City and County’s Human Relations Commissions should establish an Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Task Force for the Pittsburgh Region with representatives from the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City Housing Authority (HACP), the Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA), the other two federal CDBG Entitlement Communities in Allegheny County (McKeesport and Penn Hills), and other groups and organizations which promote fair housing.
  • 7-B: “The four Federal Entitlement jurisdictions should promote and encourage the development of affordable housing and encourage the development of affordable housing throughout the Pittsburgh Region in areas that are not economically or racially impacted.”
  • 7-C: “Improve intergovernmental and interagency cooperation in sharing all information pertaining to discrimination cases filed within the jurisdiction of the City of Pittsburgh (Pg. 11).”

The mission of the AFFH Task Force is to assist in jurisdictions’ efforts to affirmatively further fair housing through identifying barriers and disparities to fair housing and recommending policies to alleviate those barriers and disparities.

The goal of the AFFH Task Force is to help assess current impediments to fair housing choice, and develop policy recommendations that affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) for the first and upcoming Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) in 2019 for the City of Pittsburgh, and other jurisdictions.

Urban Design Ventures. Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. United Stated. City of Pittsburgh. Department of City Planning. 22 Feb.2013.  Web. 17 May 2016. .


AFFH Press Releases:

May 31, 2016


Fair Housing Month Video

Commissioner and AFFH Task Force Chair Helen Gerhardt spoke to the Commission's fair housing mission and protections.

Residential Segregation: What are the Remedies? 

by Richard Rothstein (Introduction by Deputy Director Sarah Kinter)

Housing Opportunity Fund Public Hearing

Video Link

September 21, 2016

Video Link

Policing Reform, Community, and Ethical Leadership 

by former Police Chief Cameron McLay



The Housing and Urban Development Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Final Rule

Affordable Housing Task Force Recommendations


If you or your organization would like to become a member of the AFFH Task Force, please complete this form and return it to human.relations@pittsburghpa.gov.

AFFH Sub-Committees

Sub-Committee List

The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Task Force has proposed the following sub-committees to more precisely address the problems that specific communities are facing regarding fair housing:

  1. Race & Ethnicity 
  2. Disability 
  3. Alternative Protected Classes 
  4. Sexual Orientation/Gender/Gender Identity 
  5. Outreach & Education 

NOTE: If you are a member of the Task Force and have not yet signed up to participate in one of these committees, please contact us

Sub-Committee Tasks

These sub-committees are tasked with:

  1. Identifying barriers to fair housing;
  2. Researching identified barriers;

  3. Creating policy recommendations to alleviate barriers for the full task force's review.

Sub-Committee Meeting Note Archive


Need more information on sub-committees or the Task Force in general? Please call 412-255-2600 or email human.relations@pittsburghpa.gov.


Updated: 4/21/2017

CHR AFFH Calendar

Created with furthering fair housing in mind, this calendar aims to keep all Task Force members abreast of current events, public comment deadlines, etc. 

Do you have a suggestion for an event to be displayed here?  Please email us and allow 1-2 business days for the event to appear on this calendar.

CHR Past Meetings

Are you new to the Task Force or interested in becoming a member?

Were you unable to make it to a meeting?

Catch up here! 

Quarterly Meetings

May 21, 2014

August 27, 2014

March 13, 2015

November 16, 2015

June 7, 2016

September 6, 2016

December 6, 2016

March 7, 2017

Annual Meeting - April 17, 2017

July 11, 2017

Steering Committee Meetings

July 10, 2014 

May 29, 2015

August 11, 2016

September 8, 2016

October 13, 2016

December 8, 2016

January 12, 2017

May 17, 2017

June 27, 2017

Updated: 8/4/2017

AFFH Member Services

NEW: AFFH Task Force By-Laws

(Adopted March 7, 2017 with amendments)

Steering Committee

Elected 4/17/2017

Helen Gerhardt, PghCHR [CHAIR]

Carlos Torres, PghCHR

Bill Price, ACHRC

Chuck Keenan, ACDHS

Gale Schwartz, HA [SECRETARY]

Bob Damewood, RHLS

Richard Morris, ULGP

Megan Confer-Hammond, FHP

Marimba Milliones, HCDC [VICE CHAIR]

Paul O'Hanlon, CCTFD

Kevin Quisenberry, CJP

Member Organizations:

Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Allegheny County Human Relations Commission

Center for Family Excellence

City-County Task Force on Disabilities

Community Justice Project

Council on American-Islamic Relations Pittsburgh Chapter

Equality Pennsylvania

Fair Housing Law Center - SWPA Legal Service

Fair Housing Partnership

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh

Hill Community Development Corporation

Hill District Consensus Group

Homewood Concerned Citizens Council

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania

Jewish Family & Children's Service

JT Disability Consulting Services

NAACP Pittsburgh Branch

NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania

New Voices Pittsburgh

Northside Coalition for Fair Housing

Pennsylvania Apartment Association West

Pennsylvania Commission on Human Relations

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

Persad Center

Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force

Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations

Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group

Pittsburgh Housing Development Association

Pittsburghers for Public Transit

REALTORS Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh

Regional Housing Legal Services

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Need to contact a member of the Task Force?  

Looking for more information on how to become a member? 

Click here!


Updated: 7/26/2017