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According to the 2015 Pennsylvania profile by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there are only 25 to 40 affordable and available rental units per 100 extremely low-income households in Allegheny County. The City’s Affordable Housing Task Force first convened last year to help address this problem. It’s comprised of 24 members, which includes city and state government officials, state and federal elected officials, and representatives of neighborhood groups, organized labor, private business and nonprofits. The task force is charged with ‘developing a “suite of affordable housing policies” to help prevent people from being priced out of Pittsburgh neighborhoods undergoing rapid development.’

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The City of Pittsburgh is hosting four Deliberative Forums in March on the Affordable Housing Task Force. Modeled after the highly successful Police Chief and Capital Budget public meetings, the forums are meant to both provide information on the work of the task force, and to give an opportunity for community members to provide input on affordable housing issues.

All of the forums will present the same content and are open to all City residents. Each forum will include:

  • A brief overview of the Affordable Housing Task Force and Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh
  • Small group discussions of priorities recommended by the task force
  • Q&A opportunities with the panel members

Participants are asked to RSVP online in advance, but walk-in registration will be available on the day of the forum. You can call Sally Stadelman at 412-255-4773 or email sally.stadelman@pittsburghpa.gov with any questions.

Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum – West End
When: Monday March 7, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: American Legion, 2863 Chartiers Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15204

Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum – South Side
When: Tuesday March 15, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Lifespan Knoxville Resource Center, 320 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum – North Side
When: Wednesday March 23, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Letter Carrier’s Union Hall, 841 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum – East End
When: Tuesday March 29, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206