The Equitable and Just Greater Pittsburgh (EJGP) expands on the work of the All-In Pittsburgh (AIP) equitable development initiative, with a new project coordination team.
Previously anchored by Neighborhood Allies and supported by PolicyLink, AIP was established in 2016 with the goal of ensuring everyone participates in and benefits from the region’s economic transformation—especially low-income residents, communities of color, immigrants, and communities often underrepresented and under-resourced. From 2016-2019, many individuals and organizations contributed their time, expertise, and experiences to AIP with a focus on access to quality affordable housing, economic opportunity through entrepreneurship & jobs, and institutionalizing equity within the government. Representatives from different sectors came together to enact important policies and practices. Please see allinpgh.org for more information. A report on All-In Pittsburgh’s work is available here.
At the beginning of 2020, UrbanKind Institute, Mongalo-Winston Consulting, and Black Women, Wise Women took over the coordination role of the initiative. As issues have evolved since AIP began in 2016, the initiative needed to responsively evolve and adapt has as well. We continue to center equity through a broader discussion.
Renamed the Equitable and Just Greater Pittsburgh, this initiative focuses on seven (7) main topics, with the possibility of more in the future. EJGP’s goal is to address and mitigate issues and promote equity and justice in the areas of: Housing, Livelihoods, Health, Climate/Environment, Transportation, Education, and Food. At the same time, we intentionally engage with community groups outside of the City of Pittsburgh and with groups from often-overlooked neighborhoods inside the City of Pittsburgh.
Our first task as a network was to assemble a platform for equity and justice in our region. We completed the first full version of the Platform for an Equitable and Just Greater Pittsburgh in early 2021. More information is available on our Platform page. Since then, the network has been supporting three member-led campaigns: Get the Lead Out, Pittsburgh (an effort to remove lead from area homes); Fair Fares for a Full Recovery (an effort for a pilot low-income free fare program on public transit); and a campaign to promote transparency, community-leadership, and equity in the local allocation of American Recovery Plan Act funds.
This is a shared effort that we will all have to build together. Through our shared values, principles, and policies we hope to construct outcomes that reflect an equitable and just future for Allegheny County and beyond.