University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Housing Summit: Human Rights, Affordable Housing, & Urban Development Strategies

Oct 17, 2016

(Pittsburgh) – The Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh is helping convene the Housing Summit as a space for residents to come together with organizers and experts from around the world to consider the global and local forces affecting people’s access to affordable housing and popular responses to the global affordable housing crisis. A series of public lectures by internationally known scholars and practitioners, panels, workshops, and cultural events will facilitate learning and networking aimed at highlighting this issue on the public and policy agenda while advancing new thinking and community organization that can help Pittsburgh residents realize their human right to housing. Global Studies Center Faculty Fellow Professor Jackie Smith, along with a steering committeee of Pitt faculty and community leaders working in the most impacted neighborhoods, is coordinating the event. Keynote speakers, leaders in community activism, public policy, and scholarship, will contribute to discussions about the relationships between affordable housing, urban social movements, and globalization. Workshops are designed to help participants learn skills to help them end discrimination and displacement while building a movement for housing justice and human rights.

The Housing Summit is being co-sponsored by a host of local labor and community organizations, including the Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, Hill District Consensus Group, Pittsburgh Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Consortium for Injury Research and Community Action (CIRCA), Pittsburgh Homes for All Coalition, La Casa San Jose, and others. It encourages conversations about residents’ diverse experiences of home, place, belonging, and community, and how gentrification and displacement have impacted both individuals and our community. Organizers are inviting submissions of art and poetry from local residents on these themes to be considered for inclusion in the program booklet. There will be a competition for youth, with awards in primary, middle, and high school categories. (See: Call for Artists and Poets)

Guest speakers may be available for media interviews in advance of the Summit and/or during their visits to Pittsburgh.

Housing Summit Schedule Highlights (Link to full speaker biographies)

  • Wednesday November 9 6:00 PM: Book launch and signing, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, 2nd Edition. Kaufmann Center, Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium, 1825 Centre Avenue
  • Thursday November 10 6:30-9:00PM “Where is home? How housing instability affects us all” Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, professor of urban policy & health, The New School. 120 David Lawrence Hall, University of Pittsburgh
  • Friday November 11: 11:00AM– Neighborhood tour
  • Friday 7:00 PM–“Big Money and Local Lives: Globalization and the Affordable Housing Crisis” Desiree Fields, urban geographer at the University of Sheffield (UK) and Ernesto López-Morales, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, University of Chile, 120 David Lawrence Hall, U. of Pittsburgh
  • Saturday November 12 9:00-10:45 AM “Taking Back the Land: Global Perspectives on Land Reform and Human Rights” Max Rameu, organizer and author of Take Back the Land, Rob Robinson, International Alliance of Inhabitants & National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. Frick Fine Arts Building