Fair Housing in the Pittsburgh Region: Ways to Engage

Katie Phillips Active + Engaged Residents, Advocacy, Diverse + Connected Region

There are a lot of ways to get involved with fair housing advocacy in the region. We want to highlight a couple.

PUMP is a member of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Task Force. The AFFH Task Force was formed by the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and has been working to develop policies to improve fair housing practices in Pittsburgh. This summer, they have been hosting a series of meetings to propose and explain their draft policies to the community.  These meetings will be followed by four meetings in the fall in the North, South, East, and West of Pittsburgh (schedule TBD), for community members and organizational stakeholders to share 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.

Pittsburgh United is hosting a series of meetings throughout Pittsburgh to discuss the Housing Opportunity Fund. The Housing Opportunity Fund was recently established after Pittsburgh’s first-ever citywide affordable housing policy passed, which secured $10 million worth of dedicated funding per year for the Fund. Attend one of the upcoming meetings to share your story, hear from your neighbors, and learn more about the Housing Opportunity Fund.