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AFFH Fair Housing Policy Proposals: How do we affirm Fair Housing in the City of Pittsburgh?
July 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Task Force for the fourth session in their summer series of in-depth explanations of proposed policies to reverse long time patterns of housing segregation, displacement, and inequitable access to critical needs and opportunities.
- Chuck Keenan, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, will present a draft proposal on Non-Discriminatory Tenant Screening Criteria for Applicants with Past Evictions: many people are wrongfully evicted through no fault of their own (very often because they cannot afford a lawyer) but as they search for a new place to live, the legal record of the eviction prevents many such people from being considered by new landlords even if the prospective tenants have perfect records of rent payment and responsible tenancy. This proposal seeks to prevent such unearned damages.
- Attorney Paul O’Hanlon, Chair of the AFFH Task Force and Co-Chair of the City County Disability Task Force, will present a draft proposal for local government to enforce neighborhood amenity accessibility codes for businesses and sidewalks. ADA codes that are currently not being enforced by the City of Pgh, resulting in many people with disabilities finding that even in their home neighborhoods they cannot shop at local stores or travel easily and safely on sidewalks.
Each presentation will be followed by a chance for detailed questions and answers. The summer series of overviews will be followed by a series of four public meetings in the fall in North, South, East, and West of Pittsburgh, for community members and organizational stakeholders to share more detailed feedback on these draft policies and to suggest ideas for other needed policies. Finalized policy recommendations will be presented to the City of Pittsburgh in April of 2019.
A light meal will be offered and child care is available upon request for children three years and older. We will provide a complete version of the draft policies covered in any session that you attend. If you cannot attend, we will send you the draft policy by email or by regular mail as you request.
Please contact Helen Gerhardt at 412-518-7387 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, to request a copy of the draft policies, and to RSVP for the event.