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. Black-white residential segregation in Pittsburgh is among the worst in the country. The acceleration of gentrification has made the city a tale of two cities. It’s time to take bold action on housing.
Jerry will fight for a “Grand Housing Bargain” to bring millions of federal dollars to the region for targeted and measurable equitable development. He’ll provide federal incentives to 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, affordable housing 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. 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 to guarantee legal representation for tenants facing eviction. Jerry plans to introduce legislation to create federal programs to provide renter refundable tax credits. He wants the federal government to incentivize local municipalities to pass “just cause” eviction ordinances to provide greater protections from eviction. Jerry also plans to reallocate more federal resources to Human Relations Commission’s to aggressively investigate and punish fair housing violations.