An Equitable Development Collaborative

Our Action Teams

While the Steering Committee drives the overall strategy, Action Teams will work on specific policy and programmatic changes that support the results framework.

The multi-sector steering committee split into two action teams: Housing and Employment/Entrepreneurship in order to have discussions around specific issues. These action teams are focused on identifying policies, programs, and/or systems strategies that can make an impact at scale for our target population.

Each member of the Steering committee self-selected which action team their effort, passion and work most aligned with and collectively discussed what it would take to have real impact in beginning to push the boundaries of equity in Pittsburgh.

Entrepreneurship and Employment

Together, this collaborative has built upon the equitable development definition envisioned in The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh report and landed on a framework to ensure we reach measurable results at scale.

As a brief reiteration, our target population and our desired results are as follows:

Target Population:
340,000 residents living at or below 200% of poverty in Allegheny County, with an initial focus on the 120,000 residents living at or below 200% of poverty in the city of Pittsburgh.

Our Desired Results:
That lower-wealth residents 1) live in healthy, safe, opportunity-rich neighborhoods that reflect their culture (and are not displaced from them); 2) connect to economic and ownership opportunities; and 3) have voice and influence in the decisions that shape their neighborhoods.

To achieve results at scale, each team has identified a series of initial indicators to help drive and track progress of our collective work over the next few years.

Proposed Indicators for Action Teams:

Action Team #1: Housing

Chairperson(s): Malik Bankston (Kingsley Association) & Zeba Ahmed (Perry Hilltop/Fineview Citizens Council)

  1. Decrease housing burden for owners and renters (share paying 30%+ of income on housing costs)
  2. Increase and/or maintain homeownership rates in opportunity-rich neighborhoods
  3. Increase the number of affordable housing units (available to households at or below 80%, 50%, and 30% of median income to correspond with our target population and housing needs) in opportunity-rich neighborhoods.

Action Team #2: Employment and Entrepreneurship

Chairperson(s): Janera Solomon (Kelly Strayhorn Theatre) & Kristen DePaor (University of Pittsburgh Office of Economic Partnerships) 

  1. Decrease the percentage of residents living at or below 200% of poverty
  2. Decrease jobless rate (share of working-age population not currently employed)
  3. Increase the number of minority-owned businesses (not necessarily certified)

Greater inclusion will help the region attract and retain diverse workers.

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