A number of housing and neighborhood advocates are asking city council to reverse proposed budget cuts to Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority that they say would hurt affordable housing and neighborhood investment, if implemented.

Advocates say the URA stands to lose more than $5 million between personnel and programs cuts in the Mayor’s proposed 2019 capital budget.

The proposed reductions “will negatively impact equitable development efforts, and is contrary to the City’s priority of addressing racial inequities, and advancing equity in our City,” a group of nonprofits, housing and neighborhood advocacy groups, and foundations wrote in a letter to City Council this week.

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