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The Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood will be overhauled in 2020. Redevelopment of the Shady Hill Center is expected to demolish the existing 4.9-acre shopping plaza to build new retail, apartments and a smaller Giant Eagle.

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Housing is a main priority for Homewood residents. In a city short 17,000 affordable units, neighborhood activists are acutely aware of the need for low-income housing options. But in many new buildings that accept federal subsidies, formerly incarcerated individuals are barred from renting. 

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In the North Side neighborhood of Brighton Heights, tucked into a corner on Richardson Street, is a two-story home with yellow siding. Natalie Perko, 33, moved in earlier this month.

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Pittsburgh City Councilors Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle are unveiling legislation to address racial inequality on Tuesday, the latest in a series of moves intended to include marginalized communities in the city’s much-touted resurgence. The legislation will require additional reporting from city officials and developers about their efforts on behalf of, and their impacts on, low-income residents and racial minorities in the city.

Whole Foods Commits To Former Penn Plaza Site

Apr 29, 2019
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Developer LG Realty has a new anchor tenant for the former site of Penn Plaza in East Liberty. It’s the same retailer first proposed several years ago – Whole Foods Market.

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Fair housing advocates presented the City of Pittsburgh with an extensive list of policy recommendations this week. It’s the latest step for the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Task Force.

This is the first document of its kind produced by the task force, which represents dozens of organizations across all sectors. Members spent several years examining the policies of other cities, historical practices in Pittsburgh, and gathering feedback from the community.

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After three hours of almost entirely supportive public comment, the Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved a trial run for a new affordable housing policy on Tuesday. 

Several Affordable Housing Projects Advancing Throughout The City

Apr 12, 2019
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The ribbon has been cut on a mixed-use development in Squirrel Hill. Krause Commons was developed on the former site of Poli’s Restaurant, which closed in 2005.

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Like most American cities, Pittsburgh needs thousands more units of affordable housing, but federal and state money to build those homes continues to shrink.

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Hundreds more affordable housing units stand to benefit from the Housing Opportunity Fund following Thursday’s advisory board vote.

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Pittsburgh officials continue to discuss how to balance development and protect housing affordability, while legislation to do so has lingered in city council for more than a year.

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Democratic state legislators hope to give the city of Pittsburgh a new tax-relief program for longtime residents in gentrifying neighborhoods, state Sen. Jay Costa and others announced today.

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If it continues until March, the partial government shutdown could have a big impact on Allegheny County’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly called Section 8.

First Major Dollars From Housing Opportunity Fund Dispensed

Dec 14, 2018
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The first major allocation of money from the Housing Opportunity Fund was approved Thursday. The loans will go towards more than 200 affordable housing units.

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An amendment passed Wednesday by Pittsburgh City Council would partially restore some of the proposed budget for the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Affordable housing activists cried foul when the original draft of the 2019 city budget slashed the URA’s funding by more than $5 million.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s proposed 2019 capital budget could cut funding for the Urban Redevelopment Authority by more than $5 million. URA officials say that limits their ability to invest in neighborhoods.

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Several Pittsburgh-based organizations committed to housing equity launched a city-wide tenants' union Thursday.

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Tucked in a corner of Module’s East Liberty offices is a bunch of model home prototypes. CEO Brian Gaudio picks up the Pittsburgh start-up’s first one.

Housing Opportunity Fund Takes Step Forward

Sep 6, 2018
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The City of Pittsburgh’s Housing Opportunity Fund is one step closer to investing in affordable housing. A preliminary plan for 2018 spending was approved Thursday.


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A program that works to improve health outcomes by providing stable housing is expanding from Allegheny County to other parts of Pennsylvania.

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The city of Pittsburgh's Housing Opportunity Fund is one step closer to investing in affordable housing.

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Rodney McCoy has lived on Hillcrest Street, across from three vacant lots, since 2000. After putting away the weed whacker he uses to clip his grass, he said Garfield has changed a lot.

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The Pittsburgh Planning Commission voted to approve a preliminary land development plan to build office and retail space at the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty, which is owned by LG Realty Advisors.

Commissioners approved the plan on Tuesday, after nearly five hours of deliberation and public comment from close to 40 speakers, the majority of whom opposed the project. They used their allotted three minutes to call for affordable housing and to critique the community outreach process.

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Randall Taylor and Jessica McPherson volunteer with Penn Plaza Support and Action, an advocacy group fighting to rebuild affordable housing at the site of the former Penn Plaza Apartments in East Liberty. 

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Development on the old Civic Arena site was not selected for federal tax credit financing this year, which may change how many units are available on the 28-acre site.

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On the tails of the 4th annual P4 conference, Mayor Bill Peduto on Friday unveiled details of a fund called OnePGH, that will finance eight goals related to making the city a more equitable, sustainable place by 2030.

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People trickled into the Spirit of Pittsburgh ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Wednesday night for the opening of the city’s annual meeting on P4, a decision-making framework that prioritizes people, place, planet and performance to ensure development is equitable and sustainable.

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The specter of rising housing costs in the neighborhood of Hazelwood is prompting Pittsburgh City Council to consider reserving some publicly owned property for use as affordable housing.

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At a charged public meeting Monday night, residents decried a plan to build retail and office space at the former Penn Plaza site in East Liberty, once home to more than 200 low-income and elderly people. 

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The Fair Housing Act passed 50 years ago Wednesday as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Lawmakers enacted the legislation just one week after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as riots flared in Pittsburgh and other cities. It was intended to protect buyers and renters from discrimination based on race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status or national origin.

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