Goals of Housing Summit
  • Raise the profile of the affordable housing crisis on public, policy, and research agendas;
  • Shift debates to go beyond the supply of affordable housing to address forces driving growing demand for it;
  • Bring together diverse constituencies to learn from one another and advance understandings of causes, impacts, and solutions related to affordable housing;
  • Enhance local knowledge about the global factors shaping housing policies in Pittsburgh;
  • Strengthen residents’ skills and capacities for addressing the housing crisis and its impacts; and
  • Improve practices that enable residents and policymakers to both utilize and shape the data and research being produced at area universities.




Goals of Housing Summit & Steps to achieving them
  • Raise the profile of the affordable housing crisis on public, policy, and research agendas;
    • Develop effective communications-media/outreach strategy
    • Intentional outreach to diverse groups, including: residents, youth, students, university faculty and staff, policy makers, business leaders, etc.
  • Shift debates to go beyond the supply of affordable housing to address forces driving growing demand for it;
    • Intentionality in programming of Summit content—Most content will focus on causes but some attention to addressing immediate needs of residents for decent and affordable housing.
  • Bring together diverse constituencies to learn from one another and advance understandings of causes, impacts, and solutions related to affordable housing;
    • Communications and outreach strategy to mobilize diverse groups for Summit
  • Enhance local knowledge about the global factors shaping housing policies in Pittsburgh;
    • Invite international speakers with knowledge and experience of global housing issues and movements
    • Facilitate book discussions and other events before, during and after the summit to enable learning and exchanges of ideas
  • Strengthen residents’ skills and capacities for addressing the housing crisis and its impacts; and
    • Invite national and international leaders working with grassroots movements to advance the human right to housing as speakers and workshop participants;
    • Summit workshops include appropriate local leaders on skills-sharing workshops
    • Include multiple skills-building workshops on Summit program—[Ideas: Legal, ABC’s of housing policy; Nuts & Bolts of Preservation…]
  • Improve practices that enable residents and policymakers to both utilize and shape the data and research being produced at area universities.
    • Organize dialogue and strategy meeting/s between community organizers/ Summit Steering Committee & relevant university administrators and heads of research centers, etc.
    • Seek commitments of resources for improving university-community relations and methods of communication of research and data