Pittsburgh City Council legislation looks to protect housing options for victims of domestic violence

Pittsburgh City Council held a standing committee meeting last week to discuss and approve an amendment to an ordinance that would add perceived victims of domestic violence or stalking to the Pittsburgh City Housing Discrimination Code. 
 
The legislation, 2016-0047, is sponsored by Councilman Dan Gilman of District 8-which covers the neighborhoods of Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, and Point Breeze. 
 
“What we have heard has happened in the past is basically a landlord would say ‘I don’t want any trouble here’ because of a lot of police visits, because of a lot of loud noises, because of neighbor complaints of disturbances and victims end up losing their housing because they’re a victim of domestic violence,” said Councilman Gilman. 
 
“This legislation makes that illegal. We make it very clear that anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or stalking will not be discriminating against- whether it be evictions, lease renewals, mortgages or any other aspect of housing.”
Monday, June 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll

Allegheny County receives $3.4 million grant to protect against hazards of lead-based paint and other health, safety hazards

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that Allegheny County Economic Development has received a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding is intended to reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting significant lead and other home health and safety hazards. 

“We want our residents to live in, and be able to purchase, safe, healthy and affordable housing,” said Fitzgerald. “We thank the Department of Housing & Urban Development for their support of this program, and the many partners who will work along with Economic Development and the Health Department to make it a success.” 

Monday, June 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Rep. Frankel, Physician General Levine make push in Pittsburgh for transgender rights

Rep. Frankel, Physician General Levine make push in Pittsburgh for transgender rights

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny/Squirrel Hill) and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine were part of a panel that gathered at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh last Thursday evening to discuss and tackle transgender issues. 

 

During the event hosted by the Allegheny County Bar Association, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, spoke on a number of issues including the many obstacles that transgender people face when it comes to workplace discrimination, social discrimination, and receiving proper healthcare. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
McKeesport must rebound from costly pension mistake says Auditor General DePasquale

McKeesport must rebound from costly pension mistake says Auditor General DePasquale

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday that the City of McKeesport, Allegheny County, erred when it failed to use $729,275 in state pension aid and missed its $2.3 million pension payment in 2015. 

McKeesport officials say they plan to remedy the shortfall with “the sale of an asset in the near future.” Officials also said the state aid was mistakenly placed into McKeesport’s general fund and inadvertently spent before it could be transferred to the employee pension funds. 
Thursday, June 9, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislators seek to increase film tax credit availability

Legislators seek to increase film tax credit availability

Over the past few years, the Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit program has been responsible for bringing in film and TV projects to Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, in particular.

The Pittsburgh area has been a particular beneficiary of the film industry and its development due to existence and use of the film tax credit.

Productions such as Jack Reacher, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Concussion, Foxcatcher and even Dance Moms were all made in Pennsylvania and benefited from the tax credit program.

But with the tax credit capped at $60 million per year, some lawmakers say that isn’t enough to bring filmmakers to the state and to keep them here. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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