“Today is an historic day for Pittsburgh and also for our nation,” said Carlos Torres, executive director of the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations.
The law, which was signed by President Lyndon Johnson, prohibited housing discrimination but also aimed to undo past segregation, said Paul O’Hanlon, an advocate and member of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Task Force, which presented the draft recommendations.
“Our community must assess where we are, and what we have left to do. We can see that there is evidence for optimism, as well as frustration,” Mr. O’Hanlon said.
The 15 proposals range from increased education and training about fair housing, to zoning changes such as raising the city’s residential occupancy limit to mandatory inclusionary zoning — which would require developers building new housing units to include affordable housing — to tenant protections such as robustly funding eviction legal defense assistance for low-income renters.