Report published May 31, 2016
Affordable Housing Task Force began with an assumption that there was a compelling need to address the changing landscape of housing affordability in Pittsburgh. Through research, discussion, and community and stakeholder engagement, the Task Force has arrived at recommendations that respond to both the assumption and the realities of affordable housing in the city.
The Task Force members, drawn from across the city, with a wide range of expertise and experience, worked through these issues in committees and working groups. They drew on the knowledge of advocates, developers, and national experts, including the Needs Assessment study by Mullin & Lonergan and the Feasibility study by Peninger Consulting, and most importantly the communities of Pittsburgh. The Task Force participated directly in the community forums, organized with The Art of Democracy, held throughout the city.
In those community forums, we heard strong concerns for today, and for the future. On the one hand, there are neighborhoods that are still experiencing disinvestment and decline, eager for new investment. On the other, there were concerns that the rapid increase in rent and home values were putting people, from families starting out to seniors, at risk of having to leave their neighborhoods.
In response, the Task Force focused on major opportunities, both drawing on existing programs and proposing new approaches: a Pittsburgh Housing Trust Fund; better utilization of Low Income Housing Tax Credits; and Preservation of Existing Affordable Housing and Protecting Residents. The report goes into detail regarding these, but in brief, they are all approaches that are proven by experience, whether in Pittsburgh or nationally.
The report also notes that while the recommendations are complete, there is more work to do on the road to action and implementation, and lays out the immediate, short-, and mid-term goals to achieve them. Many of the task force members have volunteered to continue to work on specific proposals, making sure we have the fullest range of experience and expertise available.
We would like to thank everyone who has worked long and diligently to produce this report. Housing is an essential part of a comprehensive approach to stabilizing our neighborhoods, and opening up opportunities for all Pittsburghers. With resources and focus, we can make Pittsburgh a city for all.
Co-Chairs of the Affordable Housing Task Force
R. Daniel Lavelle, Councilman, District 6, City of Pittsburgh
Raymond W. Gastil, Director, City Planning, City of Pittsburgh
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Affordable Housing Task Force
Affordable Housing Task Force Findings and Recommendations to Mayor William Peduto and the Pittsburgh City Council FinalReport
Through research, discussion, and community and stakeholder engagement, the Task Force has arrived at recommendations that respond to both the assumption and the realities of affordable housing in the city.