The United States is experiencing a housing crisis. Millions of Americans cannot keep up with their rent, while millions more cannot save enough money to own a home. Pittsburgh communities are being gentrified, displaced and re-segregated by aggressive corporate development. Pittsburgh remains one of the nation’s most segregated cities resulting in vast racial disparities in health, income, occupation, education and housing. These problems must be addressed with the full weight of the federal government. It’s time to take bold action on housing.
Jerry will fight for a “Grand Housing Bargain” to bring millions of dollars to the region for equitable and inclusive development, while at the same time incentivizing local governments to create mandatory inclusionary zoning to generate more affordable housing. Jerry also supports place-based and place-conscious policies, including a federal community land trust fund and community-first development projects that encourage women and minority-owned businesses, job training and education programming coupled with below-market housing.
As a lawyer, Jerry represents indigent tenants in eviction proceedings and renters in fair housing discrimination suits in state court. He recently won a high-profile settlement over a landlord who discriminated against an elderly disabled Black woman in Homewood. Jerry plans to address gaps in federal fair housing laws that do not protect from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Jerry is a strong proponent of a “right to counsel” federal legislation to guarantee legal representation for tenants facing eviction across the United States, federal programs to provide tax credits for renters, and federal investment to fight homelessness. Jerry also plans to reallocate more federal resources to Pittsburgh’s Human Relations Commission to aggressively investigate and punish fair housing violations in the city.