City of Pittsburgh invests in affordable housing projects

City of Pittsburgh invests in affordable housing projects

This week both the City of Pittsburgh and the state took steps to invest in affordable housing. At the state level that meant five Pittsburgh low-income housing developments were awarded tax credits. On the city’s part, the Urban Redevelopment Authority approved several Housing Opportunity Fund’s initiatives for implementation around the city on Thursday.

Over the past few years, as Pittsburgh has become a more attractive location for redevelopment, in neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville older and less affluent residents have found themselves unable to afford the places they’d long called home. 

Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh residents weigh in on pending PWSA agreement

Pittsburgh residents weigh in on pending PWSA agreement

In early June, the city of Pittsburgh announced a new agreement with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) full of reforms and promises of a new kind of working relationship.

While the former agreement had expired as of July 5, the proposed agreement is still subject to Pittsburgh City Council approval. Council invited the public to weigh in on the proposal in the form of a public hearing on Tuesday. Although the turnout was modest, with only six speakers participating in public comment, most of those in attendance had a favorable view of the proposal and were hopeful about what it could mean for residents.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: PWSA
Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel reach settlement for enforcement order

Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel reach settlement for enforcement order

The Allegheny County Health Department reached a $2.7 million draft agreement regarding the 2018 enforcement order levied against U.S. Steel on Friday.

While there are aspects of the agreement that still need to be finalized, the $2 million U.S. Steel has agreed to pay will cover fines handed down due to violations during the Christmas Eve fire. A majority of the money will go towards benefiting the communities impacted by the pollution.

Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council announces legislation to update and expand protections to LGBTQ community

Pittsburgh City Council announces legislation to update and expand protections to LGBTQ community

To mark the fifty years since the Stonewall Riots, credited with sparking the modern movement for LGBTQ rights, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) announced legislation strengthening protections for the LGBTQ community within the city.

“Years after the Stonewall Riots, members of the LGBTQIA+ community still face discrimination and are the victims of violence because of who they are,” Strassburger told a crowd of community members. “I am standing in solidarity with all marginalized communities to reaffirm that the struggle for peace, equality, and justice is an intersectional fight.”
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
UPMC and Highmark enter into new 10 year contract

UPMC and Highmark enter into new 10 year contract

After months of tense court dates and wary patients flanked by lawmakers, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday that the University of Pittsburgh and Highmark dispute has been resolved with a new 10-year agreement ensuring patients can keep access to their existing doctors. 

When a commonwealth judge declared two weeks ago that Shapiro’s office lacked cause to extend the consent decree that had held UPMC and Highmark together since 2014, it appeared that the agreement would expire on June 30 as planned, much to the disappointment of patients.  
Monday, June 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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