The potential for cooperative housing to create and preserve affordable housing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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2015-05

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Similar to national trends Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is experiencing an increase in demand for affordable housing as the supply of such housing decreases. In order to create and preserve affordable housing to lessen this gap, this report explores the potential for housing cooperatives to increase the supply of affordable housing. The report assesses different equity structures as well as cultures of housing cooperatives to match models to Pittsburgh's needs. The report proposes the creation of housing cooperatives through utilizing Pittsburgh's vacant lot and structure inventory. Vacancies were only selected if the parcels were deemed high opportunity and high need for affordable housing. Once parcels were selected a deeper exploration into neighborhood plans and city land policies were analyzed to propose policies to integrate housing cooperative implementation.

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