Affordable Housing More Expensive Due to Public Transit Costs

Lindsay Cashman Advocacy, Diverse + Connected Region

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that affordable housing can end up being unaffordable due to additional transportation costs in certain areas. 

“A recent national study that examined affordable housing from the perspective of also including potential transportation costs ranked the Pittsburgh metropolitan area poorly in terms of the true affordability of much of its affordable housing…The study found 82 percent of Pittsburgh’s affordable housing households spending more than 15 percent of their income on transportation. It ranked Pittsburgh behind Cincinnati, Cleveland and Detroit metro areas, said study author Shima Hamidi, a University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs” Kate Giammarise reported. Communities with the most limited transportation access in Allegheny County are in the south between McKeesport and Forward Township and east and northeast of the city.

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