Lack Of Affordable Housing And Race Inequality Biggest Human Rights Issues In Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A lack of affordable housing and race inequality are the two biggest human rights issues affecting the city of Pittsburgh. So says a report prepared by city government officials and experts.

The report will be delivered later this week to the United Nations as part of its Universal Periodic Review says City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations Director Megan Stanley.

"Pittsburgh has failed to protect its citizens right to fair housing," according to Stanley. "There is a need gap of nearly 20,000 affordable units which disproportionately affects women, single parents, and communities of color."

Pittsburgh is one of several U.S. cities delivering a report on human rights to the United Nations.

Other's include Washington, DC, Chicago, Jackson, Mississippi, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The local report was compiled after months of community meetings and forums and listening sessions according to Stanley. Draft reports have also been emailed to community leaders for feedback before the final report is submitted. The United Nations will produce an overall report on world human rights and suggest remedies.

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