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Housing Affordability

On March 14, the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted “A Conversation Between Jessica Smith Perry & Sonya Tilghman” at BNY Mellon. As Director of the Housing Opportunity Fund (HOF) Department of URA, Jessica Smith Perry works with an Advisory Board of dedicated volunteers to create an allocation plan that will help approximately 450 Pittsburgh households a year – because “Everyone should have a place to live.” Perry offered insight on the important topic of Housing Affordability in Pittsburgh, joined by Sonya Tilghman, Executive Director of the Hazelwood Initiative. Tilghman champions the mission of this non-profit CDC “to build a stronger Hazelwood through inclusive community development.” Driven by a love of the Hazelwood neighborhood, the organization connects residents, provides rehab & repair programs, and balances commercial development with neighborhood needs. Moderating the conversation was ULI Pittsburgh District Council Chair, Tamara Dudukovich of Catalyst Communities. Both Perry & Tilghman offered the attendees valuable insights based on their active involvement with Housing Affordability in the Pittsburgh region. Thanks to venue sponsor: BNY Mellon. Stay tuned for details of our next event in this series on June 5: A Conversation Between Aurora Sharrard and Anna Siefken.

Historical Snapshot of this impactful series lineup:
2019 Jessica Smith Perry, URA and Sonya Tilghman, Hazelwood Initiative
2018 Melanie Harrington, Vibrant Pittsburgh
2018 Jayne Miller and Caren Glotfelty, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
2018 Audrey Russo, Pittsburgh Technology Council
2017 Katharine Eegan Kelleman, Pittsburgh Port Authority
2017 Sandie Egley, Beaver County Commissioner
2016 Diana Reid, PNC Real Estate (kickoff presentation)

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