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As Pittsburgh marches forward with bright ideas, new projects and self-driving cars, huge gulfs in opportunity persist between white and black residents.

As media, we cover this divide, but we’re not detached from the issue and have a choice to either be part of the solution or stay with the status quo.

Section 8 stigma continues to leave low-income families with no place to live

Overlooked communities In Allegheny County, only 30 to 45 affordable rental units exist for every 100 low-income families. It is a housing deficit that perpetuates the cycle of poverty in the Pittsburgh region.

Today, Matthew Desmond — Harvard sociologist and author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City — spoke at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church to a room full of landlords, tenants, magistrates, housing policy experts and lawyers to discuss potential solutions to the shortage of affordable housing.