A meeting for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. Photo by Kat Procyk/PublicSource)

URA board approves spate of affordable housing projects

As part of Develop PGH, PublicSource will report here about notable actions and conversations from the monthly meetings of the Urban Redevelopment Authority [URA]. The meetings are held the second Thursday of each month in the Wherrett Room on the 13th floor at 200 Ross Street. From new homeownership opportunities using community land trusts to the rehabilitation of aging homes for low-income renters, the Urban Redevelopment Authority board of directors pushed through project after project tied to affordable housing initiatives on Thursday. “Every one of these actions has the added benefit of proving the Realtors Association wrong,” board chair Sam Williamson said. The Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s opposed the city’s funding of the Housing Opportunity Fund [HOF] through an increase in Pittsburgh’s realty transfer tax, arguing it would increase costs tied to buying and selling real estate for low- and moderate-income residents.