Fight for Affordable Housing in Lawrenceville

Restrictions Proposed for Larger Developments

Joe DeStio
February 19, 2019 - 3:29 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Advocates for affordable housing in the city of Pittsburgh are hoping to make a stand in Lawrenceville. Legislation introduced by City Councilwoman Deb Gross would require developers of buildings with 20 or more housing units to make ten percent of those units affordable. The bill defines affordable as 50 percent of the Area Median Income.

“As you know in Lawrenceville, there are many buildings going up that are entirely luxury market rate rents,” said Gross at a morning news conference. Gross represents District 7 which includes Lawrenceville.

David Breingan, Executive Director of Lawrenceville United, said, “We’ve seen massive levels if displacement over the last five years.” He cites numbers showing 120 low-income families using Section 8 vouchers have been displaced from Lawrenceville as well as 300 Somali Bantu refugees. “Our challenge now is that as the neighborhood improves everyone gets to participate in the new opportunities.”

If council gives preliminary approval the measure would go to the City Planning Commission for a recommendation before final council approval.

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