Big URA Community Meeting on Sep 26

On Thursday, Sept 26 at 6pm, the Urban Redevelopment Authority is hosting a community meeting about a parking lot on S. Beatty St. The meeting will take place at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 250 N. Highland Ave. (Flyer linked below)

PPSA has argued for months that the site should be used for truly affordable, publicly-owned, and democratically-owned housing, but the URA has instead made it mixed-use. Once again private developers get to profit off of a human right. Remember, the city promised that this property will be made for Penn Plaza residents. Make sure you attend, make your voice heard, and hold your government accountable.

Flyer – South Beatty RFP Community Meeting_8.20.19

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Come to our community meeting!

To devastating effect, private developers have controlled our communities for too long. Come to PPSA’s community meeting on Aug 20 at 6 pm at Repair the World to discuss ways in which people can control what is built in their neighborhoods to create housing that is affordable for all. We’re less than two weeks away. See you there!

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Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition Weighs in on Plans for New East Liberty Development

Click here for press coverage of plan

Pittsburgh, PA, Aug. 30–Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition (PPSA) would like to communicate its position on the East Liberty housing development proposed by City Councilman Ricky Burgess. We are pleased that our city government has acknowledged the need to amend their inadequate housing policies. We believe that giving a preference in new East Liberty housing developments to displaced former East Liberty residents is justice, making the new apartments affordable is necessary, and the creation of a civilian board to review all new developments in this city is wise. Their acknowledgment shows that when residents organize to fight for justice, the government feels the need to respond.

Unfortunately, we believe this proposal is a continuation of the failing City of Pittsburgh housing policies and practices that have led to a shortage of 21,000 affordable units, and will inevitably lead to the same mistakes and a deepening of the city’s housing crisis.  City residents need permanently affordable, not for-profit driven housing. They need housing that is not subject to arbitrary definitions of affordability. They need the security of true affordability and shielded from the threat of displacement. We are working to prevent a repeat of the Penn Plaza Apartments tragedy, and this new proposed development if it is not amended, may do just that.

We oppose this proposal on the following grounds:

  1. As usual, there has once again been no community engagement. No one directly affected by the dramatic changes in East Liberty was made aware of this proposal, let alone participated in any discussion. The lack of community engagement raises questions about the sincerity of the proposed civilian review board to look at proposed developments. The most impacted residents need to provide inputif development is to be fair and equitable.
  2. The proposal calls for only 30%-40% of the apartments to be affordable, and affordability is so loosely defined as to be meaningless. We believe all units should be affordable to low-to-moderate income residents, meaning that they should be paying no more than 30% of monthly income for rent.
  3. We are calling on the City to create a new concept of public and social housingin this city. The City must explore cooperative housing and continue its efforts around land trusts. We believe publically-funded housing developments should provide a pathway for renters to grow equity in tenant ownership.
  4. We cannot support any proposal that turns over public land to for-profit entities. PPSA is calling on the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, not for-profit developers, to join with the community in the development of this site. We are calling on the City to maintain ownershipand control of this site and the future homes to be built there.

March for Housing Justice

March and Rally to stand up to city government and big developers!

SATURDAY JULY 28 MARCH & RALLY in East Liberty

11AM March begins at MELLON PARK (across from Bakery Square)

12PM RALLY at Penn and Highland Aves.

The march will end at Penn Plaza where we will commemorate 3 years since the tragic mass eviction.

In 2015, LG realty evicted over 200 families from the Penn Plaza Apartments in the heart of East Liberty. Penn Plaza refugees and their supporters have risen up against predatory developers in support of tenant protections. Rents in our city and across the nation are skyrocketing, developers and investors are draining renters’ pockets for sub-par housing, and the city and county governments continue to pave the way for more displacement. The city government approved LG’s plan to fill Penn Plaza with luxury retail and offices, and many Black low-to-moderate income residents are still being pushed out of the neighborhood. People with disabilities and seniors on a fixed income, and most workers don’t stand a chance against unregulated and uncontrolled rents.

LG, Peduto, and other developers have a plan for this city. We need to PUSH BACK, BAND TOGETHER and enact a plan of our own! Stand up and join the movement for housing justice!

Our demands:
1. BUILD BACK PENN PLAZA
Use the city’s right of eminent domain to buy the land and build back all units lost to demolition. Bring the tenants back to East Liberty!

2. NO MORE MASS EVICTIONS
Stop gentrification! No displacement without building replacement housing first! Stop the demolition of public and affordable housing!

3. DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OVER OUR HOUSING
We need a people-led, community-controlled Housing Authority! Open all Community Development Corporations to democratic membership!

4. REPAIR, MAINTAIN, BUILD PUBLIC HOUSING
Housing is a human right! Tax big corporations and developers to build quality social housing for all!

Public Meeting on March 21

On a day when schools and businesses shut down due to snow, hundreds of us came out to Eastminster Presbyterian church to speak out against LG Realty’s destruction of affordable housing and development plans for luxury office and retail on a site that once held hundreds of affordable housing units. This was part one of the 2018 fight for housing justice at Penn Plaza. When we fight, we win!

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WPXI: Protesters want city to reject proposed development plan

WESA: ‘No Housing, No Development,’ Activists Oppose Plans For Penn Plaza