Mixed-Income Housing Toolkit
The Mixed-Income Housing Toolkit (MIHT) was developed by Design Center Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Buhl Foundation's One Northside Initiative as a tool to educate communities and residents to be part of the housing dialogue. This index includes common definitions, tools for housing strategies, and local and national benchmarks of housing initiatives.
With this tool you can learn about mixed-income housing models to get a general understanding about how they work and what they can accomplish. Our goal with this resource is to compile and explain the policies and planning tools that communities and local governments are using to address the current housing crisis. With this information, neighbors can become more effectively prepared to be involved in the decisions shaping their communities and meaningfully join the discussion about the housing priorities put forth by the City of Pittsburgh and other local entities.
Last year in this process, Design Center proposed the need for knowledge sessions regarding current and future housing needs and upcoming development plans for residents of the Northside. After meeting with community leaders, Design Center created three sessions that included key players catalyzing change in the Northside. During these sessions we explained the elements, definitions, and models of mixed-income approaches to housing, provided case studies, and examined how these particular models facilitate healthy, self-sustaining, and thriving communities. From the positive feedback of those community knowledge sessions, Design Center Pittsburgh decided to put together this resource. With this tool you can link to the contents presented during those meetings including housing definitions, information about housing models being explored nationally and locally, and a library of resources.
As you explore the mixed-income housing models presented here, use it as a way to learn about the existing planning tools promoting affordable housing development in your community. In particular however, we encourage you to identify the tools and approaches that you want to see in your neighborhood. Some of these innovative strategies have the potential to start reversing patters of disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization for the Northside in its goal to become a 21st Century Mixed-Income Community.