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Panelists discuss housing as a human right not a place for profits

The U.S. Human Rights Cities Alliance and Pittsburgh Human Rights Working Group hosted an event titled “Housing Justice, Human Rights and Health Webinar: Engaging Locally” with Leilani Farha on Thursday night.
November 6, 2020
The U.S. Human Rights Cities Alliance and Pittsburgh Human Rights Working Group hosted an event on Thursday, which focused on addressing housing challenges in urban areas and the importance of classifying housing as a human right.

Housing options for Pitt students don’t end in Oakland

Zach Lewis, a junior physics and astronomy major, said living outside Oakland lets him see more of the City.
October 14, 2020
Even though North, South and Central Oakland are close to campus and have an abundance of housing, not every Pitt student who chooses to live off campus finds themselves living in these neighborhoods. Some students choose to live in other neighborhoods around Pittsburgh such as Squirrel Hill and Shadyside because of finances, comfort with the area and the availability of housing.

Students report ignored dietary restrictions in Pitt’s quarantine housing

Dozens of students have entered Pitt’s quarantine and isolation housing.
September 30, 2020
For Emma Krapels, Pitt’s COVID-19 quarantine housing made her sicker than before she entered, but not from coronavirus. Krapels — who has celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder where eating gluten causes damage to the small intestine — said she suspects she was given gluten on Sept. 17 while in the housing, causing her to “vomit profusely.”

Students required to shelter in place prior to returning to in-person classes

Litchfield Towers A, B and C are located on lower campus between Fifth and Forbes avenues and house approximately 1,800 students.
July 20, 2020
Pitt is requiring all students, including those who live off campus, to complete a 14-day shelter-in-place period before attending in-person classes.

Students are deciding to remain in residence halls, despite University request to move out due to pandemic

An empty hallway in the Forbes-Craig apartment building.
March 19, 2020
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced last week that Pitt was shifting to online classes indefinitely in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, followed by a request the next day that students not return to their University housing after spring break, if possible. Despite Pitt’s decision to issue partial room and board refunds to those who move out before April 4, there are still students determined to stay. 

Students support classmates, neighbors with mutual aid

Several Pitt students have launched Pitt Mutual Aid, a resource for students and community members who face various forms of insecurity from stipulations of the coronavirus outbreak.
March 18, 2020
Pitt students have launched Pitt Mutual Aid, a resource for students and community members who face various forms of insecurity from stipulations of the coronavirus outbreak.

Pitt requests students move out of residence halls, will issue refunds in wake of pandemic

Pitt requests students move out of residence halls, will issue refunds in wake of pandemic
March 12, 2020
Pitt is requesting all students move out of residence halls, but students can request an extension to stay on campus. Pitt will evaluate travel issues, co-op standing, campus employment, financial hardship and personal safety for each case

Pitt plans to add 1,000 beds to campus with Master Plan

Pitt plans to add 1,000 beds to campus with Master Plan
November 14, 2019
The demand for on-campus housing options has grown alongside Pitt’s student population, with many turning to off-campus housing or rooming at third-party locations with Pitt-owned leases like the Wyndham and The Bridge apartments.

Students use Facebook to create community

The Pitt student book exchange allows students to buy and sell notes and textbooks.
January 6, 2019
Facebook’s groups feature has become a way to connect people with similar interests or goals.

Middle ground necessary for housing options

Middle ground necessary for housing options
November 15, 2018
House and apartment hunting in Oakland leaves many students on the fence about where they’re going to reside the following school year — especially since the neighborhood has come to offer a narrow selection of decent student housing opportunities at this time of the year.
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