Mayor Peduto issues executive orders on affordable housing
Mayor William Peduto last week issued three new executive orders to begin implementing recommendations by the City’s Affordable Housing Task Force, covering ways to encourage building of affordable housing.
“My administration is committed to creating a livable city for all,” Mayor Peduto said in a letter attached to the orders. “These executive orders are the first step in a long process to solve not only the challenges of today but to lay the foundation for an equitable Pittsburgh in the future. To do that, we will need the support of the whole city- residents, advocates, developers, financiers, nonprofits, and others must join together to implement local changes and speak with a unified voice in Harrisburg and Washington.”
The Mayor’s Office received more than 40 recommendations from the task force last May, following months of hard work by task force members and hundreds of suggestions from community members at five public meetings. Overall the task force hewed to three overarching goals:
• Respect and stabilize existing communities
• Create quality affordable housing opportunities
• Maximize the impact of resources by ensuring lasting affordability
In the intervening time since the task force recommendations last year, there has been a community driven process around defining equitable development in Pittsburgh, led by Neighborhood Allies, Urban Innovation21 and the UrbanKind Institute, along with the national expertise of the team at PolicyLink. Additionally, work by the Heinz Foundation and community stakeholders has been integrated into the p4 program, which seeks to put people and place at the center of the new wave of development in Pittsburgh.
Such efforts underscore the recommendations put forth by the Affordable Housing Task Force.
The Mayor’s Office released two executive orders last week related to protecting those needing affordable housing.
The Mayor’s three remaining executive orders expand upon the three goals of the task force, and seek ways to reach them. They are:
• Order #03: To increase mixed-income and affordable housing opportunities across Pittsburgh
• Order #04: To preserve and protect the public interest in existing mixed-income and affordable housing across Pittsburgh
• Order #05: To improve real estate tax incentives, abatements, and assessments to advance the public interest
Copies of the mayor’s submittal letter and the orders are available at http://bit.ly/2mc3PBV and at http://bit.ly/2kWyjHP.