The celebration in Pittsburgh City Council chambers Tuesday over the creation of a Housing Opportunity Fund was short-lived. Even before the final vote was taken, the focus turned to finding a revenue stream to support the fund.
“We have now created a box with a bow and wrapping paper but there is no gift in it,” Councilman Ricky Burgess said. “We are now telling low- and moderate-income people in Pittsburgh that they count. The question is will we actually mean it?”