PITTSBURGH, PA (May 31, 2016) The City of Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Task Force submitted its 45-page list of findings and recommendations for addressing housing issues citywide today to Mayor William Peduto and Pittsburgh City Council.
The report will be formally introduced to City Council tomorrow. The Mayor and Council will work with Task Force members and other interested parties in coming weeks to review the proposals and possibly turn them into legislation or other action.
“Many factors affect housing affordability, from historical policies and current market trends, but by leveraging the energy of the current market and strengthening existing partnerships and programs, we believe our solutions can effectively alleviate housing instability in our city over time,” the report states. “Pittsburgh is a city that can get this right.”
The Affordable Housing Task Force was created by Council in February 2015 and Mayor Peduto named its members that May. It is co-chaired by City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle and City Planning Director Raymond Gastil.
“For the first time in decades, Pittsburgh is facing the challenges of managing growth instead of decline, and providing affordable housing to all is likely the most pressing challenge we have. It is one that affects the very bedrock of city life, with impacts on our families, neighborhoods, schools, and economic opportunities,” Mayor Peduto said. “I want to thank Task Force members, and the public, for their tireless work over the past year, and look forward to working with them and City Council to implement solutions to citywide housing issues.”
"I am grateful to everyone who participated in the process to produce this report, as a lot of hours and thoughtful discussion went into its production," said Councilman Lavelle. "Now, the most important work lays before us. City Council must act to ensure that all Pittsburghers have access to quality affordable housing, and that all of our neighborhoods are stabilized and benefit from Pittsburgh's new investment and growth. One of the biggest challenges we face is dedicating the necessary financial resources to support the efforts recommended in the report."
Housing issues differ neighborhood to neighborhood, with some Pittsburgh communities facing a shortage of affordable units and others harboring plentiful housing stock. In that light, the Task Force adopted three general goals in developing its recommendations:
The findings and recommendations followed months of weekly and biweekly meetings and five community engagement meetings citywide. The recommendations include -- but are not limited to -- calls for the following:
A copy of the full Affordable Housing Task Force report is available here, and backup documentation will soon be available here at the Task Force website.
For more information please contact City Planning Director Raymond Gastil at 412-255-2219.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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