the affordable housing task force
The City of Pittsburgh's Affordable Housing Task Force was created to identify proactive strategies to ensure that Pittsburgh is a livable city for all.
As the city’s economy continues to grow, housing demand in certain areas of the city creates increasing pressure on affordability, particularly for lower income households. It is critical for the city to be proactive and continue to work to maintain the diverse population that make its neighborhoods so vibrant.
When the City of Pittsburgh established the Affordable Housing Task Force (AHTF) in 2015, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) was an enthusiastic participant. After all, the URA has a distinguished history of investing in affordable housing through our various consumer and development products throughout the city’s 90 neighborhoods.
The Affordable Housing Task Force consisted of 30 for-profit, not-for-profit, and government representatives who met frequently over the course of a year to access the need for affordable housing, identify strategies to create and preserve affordable housing and forecast the current and future landscape of housing affordability within the City of Pittsburgh. It did this by evaluating existing programs and exploring new initiatives that could produce additional affordable units, with the ultimate goal of making pro-affordability policy recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. The effort to create new datasets and tools to support the URA’s commitment to and production of affordable housing was embraced by the URA.
For more information on the City of Pittsburgh's Affordable Housing Task Force and to see the full report please click here.