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File #: 2016-0602    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed Finally
File created: 7/5/2016 In control: Committee on Land Use and Economic Development
On agenda: 12/14/2016 Final action: 12/20/2016
Enactment date: 12/20/2016 Enactment #: 37
Effective date: 12/29/2016    
Title: Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title Two--Fiscal, Article V--Special Funds, to add a new Chapter [232] 234, "Housing Opportunity Fund", to stabilize communities and protect the public welfare by creating the Pittsburgh Housing Opportunity Fund (the "Fund"), to create a budget obligation for the Fund, to establish the purposes for which monies in the Fund may be used; and to create a Housing Opportunity Fund Governing Board and Advisory Board.
Sponsors: R. Daniel Lavelle
Title
Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title Two--Fiscal, Article V--Special Funds, to add a new Chapter [232] 234, "Housing Opportunity Fund", to stabilize communities and protect the public welfare by creating the Pittsburgh Housing Opportunity Fund (the "Fund"), to create a budget obligation for the Fund, to establish the purposes for which monies in the Fund may be used; and to create a Housing Opportunity Fund Governing Board and Advisory Board.

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Whereas the Council of the City of Pittsburgh finds as follows:
1. Much of the City's housing stock is older and in need of repair, and many existing and prospective homeowners lack the resources to make necessary repairs. Repairing the existing housing stock helps to stabilize neighborhoods by maintaining property values in the surrounding neighborhood, reducing the incidence of vacancy and blight, and decreasing the need for City-funded demolition.
2. Much of the City's housing stock is not energy efficient, and many property owners lack the resources to make energy efficiency improvements. Improving energy efficiency can help reduce utility costs and provide relief for families with severe housing cost burden. It can also help reduce the City's carbon footprint.
3. Many Pittsburgh neighborhoods have very low rates of homeownership and high rates of absentee-owned properties. Increasing resident ownership of housing gives people more of a stake in the upkeep of their communities and helps to stabilize neighborhoods.
4. The City is experiencing a shortage of decent, safe and sanitary housing that is affordable to extremely low-income families and individuals. The shortage of housing that is affordable to extremely low income families forces them to pay more for housing than they can afford, which reduces the supply of housing that would otherwise be available for families and individuals at other income levels and creates a ripple effect of unaffordability.
5. Over 23,000 Pittsb...

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