Pittsburgh eyes homelessness solutions, including tiny houses

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday introduced legislation in an attempt to find immediate solutions to Pittsburgh’s homelessness issues, including a proposal to build tiny houses on city-owned land.

The measure, sponsored by Council President Theresa Kail-Smith and Councilwoman Deb Gross, classified homelessness in the city as a “public health emergency” as homeless individuals are left to contend with extreme weather without adequate shelter.

The measure also directs the Departments of Innovation and Performance and Finance to find 10 parcels of city-owned land with water and sewer connections in place that could be used for tiny home development; 10 parcels of city-owned land with water and sewer connections that can be developed into affordable housing for rent or ownership; 10 parcels of city-owned that could be used as heating or cooling shelters and 10 parcels of land under the Department of Finance’s control that have structures that could be used for affordable housing or temporary shelter.

Source: Pittsburgh eyes homelessness solutions, including tiny houses

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