Pittsburgh mayor pushes for employer-assisted housing

Mayor cites Chicago programs where employers give workers up to $10,000 for a down payment
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/11/2009

To keep people living in the city, the mayor of Pittsburgh would like to see employers help workers buy homes in the downtown core.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has cited Chicago as a model. In that city, the Illinois Institute of Technology worked with the Chicago Housing Authority to offer staff members $10,000 towards a down payment on a home.

In Pittsburgh, the Urban Redevelopment Authority will help any employer interested in setting up a similar program, said Ravenstahl. The authority might also be able to access federal funds to help bolster the benefit.