Monday, October 5, 2015

September 15 - October 4, 2015


The Canadian federal election of 2015 is just around the corner and in time for Canada's Democracy Week, we published a Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015.  This non-partisan, independent, research-based resource analyzes four of the major parties running for office in the upcoming October 19th 2015 election. Our analysis provides important information to help voters make an informed decision. - See more at:
The Canadian federal election of 2015 is just around the corner and in time for Canada's Democracy Week, we published a Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015.  This non-partisan, independent, research-based resource analyzes four of the major parties running for office in the upcoming October 19th 2015 election. Our analysis provides important information to help voters make an informed decision. - See more at:
The Canadian federal election of 2015 is just around the corner and in time for Canada's Democracy Week, we published a Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015.  This non-partisan, independent, research-based resource analyzes four of the major parties running for office in the upcoming October 19th 2015 election. Our analysis provides important information to help voters make an informed decision.


'Epidemic' of people living out of shopping carts
CBC October 2, 2015
Homelessness becoming 'more visible' in West Broadway neighbourhood.

Transitional housing a success for MAPS
Thompson Citizen, September 30, 2015
The biggest challenge the transition home has is having the clients take ownership of their recovery. While MAPS is there to help the clients out, they can’t be successful unless the client makes the effort to make a personal change.

City affordable housing lobbying effort flops
Toronto Sun, September 27, 2015
The Closing the Housing Gap campaign is a perfect example of a poverty industry in action: Lots of talk and little action. 

Government teams up with Brandon officials to transform vacant spaces over businesses into homes
CTV News, September 27, 2015
Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell says the Upper Storey Residential Development Initiative will provide much-needed rental space.

Winnipeg Housing Community Mourns 'Instrumental' Member
The Tyee, September 25, 2015
The death of Oanh Pham, 33, has residents of a converted church pondering her gifts.

U of M not alone in housing dispute
The manitoban, September 23, 2015
Other universities experience problems as enrolment growth spurs off-campus housing demand

New transitional house for refugees set to open in Winnipeg
CBC Manitoba, September 22, 2015
A church and its congregation in Winnipeg's inner city are answering the call to help more refugees by making a new transitional house on Ellice Avenue.

City councillor ramps up fight against illegal housing
The Manitoban, September 16, 2016
Community meeting seeks to address illegal rooming houses around U of M

Construction begins to convert Merchants Hotel into affordable housing
CBC News, September 16, 2015
Merchants Hotel on Selkirk to become $11M affordable housing, learning centre 


Let's Make Affordable Housing a Federal Election Issue
October 1, 2015, Huffington Post (Art Eggleton OpEd)
Affordable housing is an enormous challenge -- but it's solvable if there is political will to do so. So why isn't more being done to keep existing housing affordable or provide new affordable housing? 

Homelessness policy must first do no harm 
Kingston Whig Standard, October 1, 2015
The government's endorsement of the Housing First model is a strong beginning to ending chronic homelessness, but whoever forms the next government must build on that foundation and resolve some unintended consequences.

Here's Where You'll Find Canada's Most And Least Affordable Homes
Huffington Post, September 28, 2015
The map below can be used to gauge just how (un)affordable housing is in Canada.

Big-city mayors looking for better housing promises
September 23, 2015 Toronto Star
Mayors from Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax, London and Kitchener are meeting to push federal parties on housing.

Over Half of Canadians Would Support a Political Party That Makes Affordable Housing a Priority, New Poll Finds
September 23, 2015, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (News Release)
The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), along with the Vote Housing For All Network, commissioned EKOS Research Associates to conduct a short survey of national attitudes towards affordable housing as an election issue in the current federal election campaign.

New Tool Links Local Candidates to Housing Policies, and to Voters 
The Tyee, September 23, 2015
Year-long journalism project yields a website dedicated to fixing what's broken in Canada's housing. 

Former Ontario housing ministers launch citizens’ campaign for public housing
Metro News, September 23, 2015
New advocacy group plans to lobby nearly 100 Toronto candidates from four parties on their housing commitments.


UAE The Rise of Affordable Housing in the Gulf
October 5, 2015, Bloomberg Business Week
 | 05-10-2015, 06:09 AM | UAE | The Rise of Affordable Housing in the Gulf  With a chronic shortage of affordable housing across the region, moves are finally being made to meet the demand

UK Crisis, what housing crisis? We just need fresh thinking
The Guardian, September 30, 2015
Here are the most damaging myths about the policy issue that’s on everyone’s lips – and a few brutal realities

USA Chicago Rule Change Encourages Affordable Housing
Planetizen, October 2, 2015
This month, changes to Chicago's Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) will go into effect, raising the in-lieu fees developers must pay to opt out of building affordable units downtown.

UK Labour considers biggest social housebuilding drive since 70s
The Guardian, September 28, 2015
Shadow housing minister John Healey says government could build 100,000 council houses and housing association homes a year.

GERMANY Affordable housing is Germany’s next ‘boom’ sector
PropertyEU, September 23, 2015
The German residential sector continues to offer opportunities for investors, especially in less obvious areas like student housing, microhousing and affordable housing, experts agreed at PropertyEU’s Germany Investment Briefing, which was held in London on Tuesday.

USA The Real Power of Public Housing
CityLab, September 22, 2015
“The story of American public housing is one of quiet successes drowned out by loud failures,” writes the historian Ed Goetz.

UK Better planning and more land needed to meet UK housing targets
PropertyWire, September 22, 2015
House builders across the UK say policy makers should boost resources for local authority planning departments, increase skills and training for the construction sector and step up the delivery of public sector land to help increase the supply of new homes.

USA For Renters, a Bleak Future
CityLab, September 21, 2015
America’s housing crisis will likely worsen during the next decade, with millions more struggling to make monthly payments.

CHINA Beijing’s Mousetribe: affordable housing in Mao’s underground air-raid bunkers, September 14, 2015
  I’m descending into a Mao era underground air-raid bunker in Beijing. This bunker has been converted into tiny rental dormitories with no windows and little fresh air. My two guides seem anxious and they talk nervously to each other with low voices, and in Mandarin.

Friday, August 28, 2015

August 20 - 28, 2015

BCNPHA, in partnership with Vancity credit union developed the province-wide Rental Housing Index (RHI). The RHI provides a detailed analysis of the affordability of rental housing for various income groups in nearly 100 communities in BC.


Century 21 apologizes after agent markets illegal rooming house
CBC News, August 27, 2015
Real estate agent markets single family home as having $35K revenue potential with 7 renters.

University of Manitoba testing, strong, hot, house
Metro Winnipeg, August 27, 2015
Permafrost test box easy to put up, tear down, and can be heated with just a few lightbulbs.

Frustrations build as U of M students return to illegal rooming houses
CBC News, August 27, 2015
Real estate agent markets single family home as having 7 bedrooms, 2 kitchens

Illegal rooming houses cause safety, livability concerns in south Winnipeg
CTV Winnipeg, August 25, 2015
Fort Richmond residents are looking at ways to crack down on illegal rooming houses around the University of Manitoba.

Housing co-op offers new take on retirement living for Winnipeg women
CBC News August 26, 2015
Beverly Suek, 69, is the founder of the Women's Housing Initiative Manitoba (WHIM), a housing co-op that offers shared housing for women who are retired, or are nearing retirement.


Elizabeth May lays out plan to end homelessness, August 26, 2015
Green Party leader calls First Nations housing shortage a 'scandal' 

Legal secondary suites needed for safe, affordable Calgary housing
CBC News, August 26, 2015
Calgary post-secondary students say the economy hasn't boosted the supply of safe and affordable housing close to campuses and it's time for the city to legalize secondary suites.

The Long-Term Evolution of House Prices: An International perspective
Bank of Canada, August 25, 2015
Remarks by Lawrence Schembri, Deputy Governor Canadian Association for Business Economics in Kingston, Ontario 25 August 2015.

Edmonton seeks input on affordable housing strategy
Global News, August 25, 2015
With upwards of 38,000 households in need of affordable housing in Edmonton, the city is creating a new affordable housing strategy. And it’s looking for feedback.

Canada’s housing bubble: Not on the election agenda
Macleans, August 20, 2015
Don’t expect federal leaders to get serious about the bubble—they have too much to gain from the status quo, writes Jason Kirby.

The Spectator’s View: Social housing crisis needs better partners
Hamilton Spectator, August 19, 2015
Cities should have more support from senior governments in providing adequate social housing

Vancouver tenants’ fears allayed after candidates for social-housing sale revealed
The Globe and Mail, August 18, 2015
When Guy Wakeman heard the the social housing complex where he lives with his two children would be sold, he felt worried and a little betrayed. 

Harper's housing promises and the crisis of affordability, August 18, 2015
Over the past two weeks, Stephen Harper has made three new housing-related promises on the campaign trail. However, they won't help the crisis of affordability. The pattern is familiar: make things worse and prepare to blame others.


USA San Francisco to Vote on Affordable Housing Bond 
AFR Weekend, August 28, 2015
A ballot decision in November will determine whether San Francisco can sell $310 million in bonds to pay for affordable housing. The proposal coincides with Mayor Ed Lee's campaign for re-election.

USA Tackling the Taboo: Low Income Housing in the U.S.
Huffington Post, August 25, 2015
Right now, our nation's capital is experiencing unprecedented growth. While this development has allowed DC to prosper, it has not been equitable.

UK Pace of rent rises quickens as average UK rent reaches £937 a month 
The Guardian, August 24, 2015
Rents were up 4.6% in July on the year before, figures show, with median rent for one-bedroom flat in London now more than £1,000 a month

USA Why Louisiana Fought Low-Income Housing in New Orleans After Katrina
CityLab, August 24, 2015
For four years during massive rebuilding, the state imposed a moratorium on all new subsidized housing. The city is still paying the price.

USA America's Most Expensive Neighborhoods for Renters
CityLab, August 20, 2015
We’re looking at you, New York, San Francisco, and L.A.

SWEDEN Pitfalls of rent restraints: why Stockholm's model has failed many
The Guardian, August 19, 2015
Half a million are on the waiting list for rent-controlled flats in Stockholm, meaning a two-tier system, bribes and a thriving parallel market.

USA Fannie, Freddie Regulator Leaves Affordable-Housing Targets Little Changed
The Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2015
FHFA won’t push the mortgage companies to direct additional lending resources to low-income borrowers

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August 1 - 19, 2015


Housing market's 'high risk' in Winnipeg puzzles local real estate agents
CBC Manitoba, August 13, 2015
CMHC singles out Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto for overbuilding and overvaluation. 


Organizations call for affordable housing strategy in Canada
Global News, August 18,2015
A local Saskatoon organization is joining the call for a nationally-funded affordable housing strategy in Canada.

Mulcair Fears 'Terrible Surprise' In Store For Housing Market
Huffington Post Canada, August 17, 2015
Tom Mulcair has added his voice to those growing concerned about the possibility of a correction in the housing market. But the NDP leader would not say if he would take regulatory steps to cool the housing market if elected.

Why targeting foreign homebuyers may not improve affordability, August 16, 2015
Stephen Harper knows foreign buyers in Canada’s housing market is a hot issue even beyond Vancouver. Now what?

Cheap mortgage rates don't justify home ownership
The Globe and Mai, August 16, 2015
The question of whether it’s better to buy a home or rent needs some fresh thinking.  Rents have been rising and mortgage rates are so low they almost look fictional. Have the economics of housing turned against renting?

Nunavut's social housing faces billion-dollar shortfall
CBC News, August 15, 2015
More than 3,000 households in Nunavut are estimated to be homeless and waiting for g​overnment-assisted housing, according to the Nunavut Housing  Corporation.

Housing market risk 'high' in Toronto, Winnipeg and Regina, CMHC
CBC News, August 13, 2015
Canada's housing market is in no danger of a correction nationally, but that's not the case in Toronto, Regina and Winnipeg where the CMHC says there's a "high risk" of a slowdown.

Cities to see ‘significant increase’ in federal funding cuts for social housing
Metro News, August 13, 2015
Canadian cities will start seeing a “significant increase” in the withdrawal of federal affordable housing funds starting in the next two years, as decades-old agreements draw to a close, says an Ottawa community housing leader.

How can we incentivize building low-end rental housing?
The Homeless  Hub, August 10, 2015
Due to increasing affordability problems with owning housing, many people continue to rent (about half of residents in Toronto and Vancouver). Regardless of whether a person rents or owns, housing is a basic human need and social determinant of health, so we need to increase its supply and affordability.

Renting among the rich 
The Globe and Main, August 7, 2015
As housing prices rise and vacancies remain scarce, group-rented mansions are popping up all over Vancouver.

Former Vancouver jail to reopen as social housing this month
Global News, August 6, 2015
The bars have been replaced and the cells have been retrofitted; the jail, now a 96-unit affordable housing development.

Social housing needs more federal support, Vancouver candidates say
The Globe and Mail, August 5, 2015
Almost two decades after Ottawa downloaded much of the responsibility for social housing onto the provinces, candidates campaigning in one of the country’s poorest neighbourhoods say the federal government needs to be more involved in housing the country’s most vulnerable residents.


U.K. Sky-high London rents prompt calls for new controls on landlords
The Guardian, August 19, 2015
With many Londoners paying at least half their salary in rent, politicians say urgent measures are needed to prevent a ghettoisation of the capital.

ISRAEL Four years after tent protests, hope in short supply for would-be homebuyers
Times of Israel, August 18,2 015
It costs 148 monthly salaries to buy a home here, compared to 76 in France and 66 in the US. Prices rise 6% per year. Desperate young Israelis are leaving the country. What’s gone wrong, and why can nobody fix it?

U.K. End of the Red Road: residents mourn Glasgow's high-rise dream gone wrong
The Guardian, August 18, 2015
After several false starts – including a controversial plan to blow them up on television during the Commonwealth Games – Glasgow’s notorious Red Road flats will finally be demolished, leaving mixed emotions.

USA Renting in America Has Never Been This Expensive
Bloomberg Business, August 13, 2015
Los Angeles residents are now spending half their income on rent.

AUSTRALIA Melbourne researchers propose 'smart' apartment market
ABC Melbourne, August 9, 2015
A new report suggests cutting property developers out of future development may result in more affordable, better quality apartments.

USA ‘Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning’: The Dullest, Most Important Phrase in New York
New York Magazine, August 5, 2015
Could there be a more soporific or cryptic string of words than mandatory inclusionary zoning, the new rallying cry in the fight to make New York a place where New Yorkers can afford to live?

Monday, July 27, 2015

July 15 - 27, 2015


Construction underway on affordable, assisted living complex in Steinbach
Steinbach Online, July 24, 2015
Construction has begun on Bridgepark Manor Phase II, a new three-storey, 50-unit affordable assisted living project to support and enhance an independent, healthy lifestyle for seniors in Steinbach and the central region. 

Makeover of notorious Merchants Hotel set to begin in Winnipeg, July 21, 2015
What was once one of the most popular beer vendors in the  province will be turned into several classrooms, and the second and third floors that once housed more than two dozen rooms will be turned into affordable living units.

Comprehensive approach needed to combat poverty 
Increasing shelter benefits has long been a community priority, and Budget 2015's record investment gives the most vulnerable Manitobans more of the support they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.


Vancouver Mayor: City Is 'At a Breaking Point'
The Tyee, July 27, 2015
Urgent action needed to cool housing market, but Gregor Robertson says he needs help. Last in a series.

Thunder Bay shelter use grows, as affordable housing list shrinks

CBC News, July 27, 2015
Board CAO Bill Bradica said there are currently about 950 people looking for affordable housing. That number was almost double just two years ago.

Halifax council cool on assuming affordable housing responsibility
CBC News, July 24, 205
Councillor Jennifer Watts thinks the idea of community land trusts should be considered as a way for Halifax to encourage the development of affordable housing.  But not all of her colleagues are on board.

Record levels of home building in Canada raises new red flags
The Globe and Mail, July 23, 2015

Investment needed for women’s shelters and independent housing across the province, report suggests
Edmonton Journal, July 23, 2015
A newly released report by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters says the lack of investment in shelters has turned the process of receiving aid into a “vicious cycle.”

Fix Toronto community housing apartments or set the tenants free
National, July 21, 2015
Chris Selley: If we can’t give people safe, clean and functional homes to go with their subsidized rent, how can we justify effectively trapping them in those homes?

How to Cool Vancouver's Home Price Fever
The Tyee, July 20, 2015
Hot, Hazy, Out of Control: Can We Cool Vancouver's Sizzling Housing Market?


How to make Los Angeles more affordable and more livable
The Los Angeles Times (Op Ed), July 24, 2015
There is no easy answer for the housing affordability crisis in Los Angeles. But embracing growth rather than fighting it can create a city for everyone, not just the most fortunate among us.  

Respect the Renter, July 21, 2015 
Over the last decade, the percentage of renters in America has fluctuated between 33 and 36%. Yet, in spite of the fact that ⅓ of all Americans are renting their housing, there seems to be a notion in many neighborhoods and towns that owners are the main people who matter and the only ones who are going to be valuable members of their communities.

The Five-Step Plan to Build 50,000 Affordable Housing Units
National, July 20, 2015
Seattle mayor proposes untested ideas and best practices that might make all the difference in its housing shortfall.

How cheaper housing can boost productivity
The Economist, Jul 19th 2015
Governments across the world, from Australia to New Zealand to Britain, are starting to argue that tackling another big problem—bubbly housing markets—may give productivity a boost. Are they right?

A Different Way to Fix California's Affordable Housing Crisis
UrbDeZine, July 15, 2015
To fix California’s housing crisis, a statewide mandate is needed that requires 20 percent of all new housing, rental units, and those for sale be set aside for low-income families, according to affordable housing developer Murtaza H. Baxamusa.

Big City Dreaming: The Sometimes Mixed Results of Mixed Use
UrbanLand, July 15, 2015
ULI Foundation Governor and developer John McNellis argues that mandating mixed use is not the best way to incentivize development.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

June 25 - July 14, 2015


In April 1936 Reverend James W. Clarke of Knox Church addressed the Local Council of Women about the deplorable housing conditions many Winnipeggers are forced to live in. His church recently conducted a housing survey of two districts. In “District 2”, Notre Dame Avenue north to the CPR tracks, they found an average of 3.3 families living in each house and 96 families occupying attics.(Source: Winnipeg Tribune, April 24, 1936)


House price increases in Winnipeg below national average
Winnipeg Free Press, July 13, 2015
According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released this morning prices for detached bungalows and standard two-storey homes in Winnipeg were up 1.8 per cent to $316,732 and 1.4 per cent to $340,866, respectively. The average price of a standard condominium experienced a slight year-over-year decline, falling 1.5 per cent to $205,969. (The comparisons are between average prices during the second quarter of 2015 and the same period in 2014.)

Modest growth in housing market — except condos
Winnipeg Sun, July 14, 2015
A new housing report has concluded what other recent ones have previously concluded: Winnipeg's housing market is seeing mixed results. 

Where is the fairness?
Winnipeg Real Estate News, July 10, 2015
The land transfer tax in the 1987 provincial budget was allegedly implemented to bring fairness to the housing market. But did it?

Affordable housing project plans back on track
Brandon Sun, July 8, 2015
Plans for a multimillion-dollar housing project are finally taking shape in downtown Brandon after several years of delay.  A partnership between Westman Kiwanis Court Inc. and Manitoba Housing will see a seven-storey, 38-unit rental complex developed for low-income tenants at the corner of Third Street and Rosser Avenue.

Concordia Village IV Now Open
The Herald, July 6, 2015
A new 45-unit apartment complex for adults and families with mental health needs was officially opened in northeast Winnipeg on June 26.  The new apartment building, Concordia Village IV, is located within the Concordia Village campus at the corner of Molson Street and Kimberley Avenue.

Construction Underway for New Seniors Complex in MacGregor
Government of Manitoba, July 3, 2015
Construction has started on Victoria Place, a new 16-unit assisted living housing complex. The two-storey, 19,000-square-foot building is located at 66 Victoria Street. It will include 12 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units, and will be fully accessible for residents with mobility issues.

New U of W complex three floors high and rising
The Metro (Canstar), June 29, 2015
The previously announced 14-storey apartment complex for Colony Street is rising out of the ground and sitting three levels high.    The UWinnipeg Commons development project is a $30-million undertaking located at 320 Colony St., directly across the street from the Winnipeg Art Gallery.


Big money for capital repairs in Toronto housing report 
Toronto Star, July 14, 2015
Tenants of Toronto’s troubled social-housing provider will get their first glimpse Wednesday of plans to overhaul the huge agency.

Why Housing First won't end homelessness, July 7, 2015
Housing First is based on the principle that people need a home before they can address addiction and other issues. This is a step in the right direction, but Housing First as it is currently construed will not end homelessness. 

Rising prices hamper affordable housing efforts
Hamilton Spectator, July 1, 2015
Since 2012, however, HOAP has been kept on the sidelines of the affordable housing debate because Hamilton's steadily rising home prices have made it harder to match low income families with a house.

If Australia’s bubble bursts, is Vancouver’s far behind?
Vancouver Sun, July 1, 2015
Similarities to Oz’s deepening debt position involving residential real estate have emerged here

Seniors Ask, 'Will I Have to Move?'
The Tyee, June 29, 2015
It's not just money that worries seniors. Age-unfriendly cities add to housing fears. ** Latest in a series: A Foot in the Door: Canadians on the Housing Brink.

'Status' Key to Indigenous Housing
The Tyee, June 26, 2015
Off-reserve support just out of reach for some aboriginal urbanites. ** Latest in a series: A Foot in the Door: Canadians on the Housing Brink.

Homeless in Vancouver: City's homeless problem looks average by comparison
The Strait, July 10, 2015
Well, contrary to popular opinion, Vancouver doesn’t look like the Canadian capital of homelessness; not when it’s compared to other major Canadian urban centres. Then it looks about average. 

Vancouver mayor's homelessness pledge fails as count stays unchanged
The Globe and Mail, July 7, 2015
The city released the official results Tuesday from its annual homeless count, conducted four months ago, which found 1,746 living on city streets or sleeping in shelters. That’s down slightly from 1,803 in 2014.

Secondary suites back on the table at Calgary City Council
The Globe and Mail, June 26, 2015
While some residents and city councillors are opposed to the blanket rezoning of Calgary, a large number are in favour of the idea, in the hopes that more legal suites would result in safer and more affordable housing. 

Supreme Court Slams Door Shut on Canada's Housing Crisis
Right to Housing Charter Challenge, June 25, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Charter challenge holding governments responsible for the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness will never be heard in Canadian courts. 


USA Boston Mayor Mulls Affordable Housing Policy Change
The Next City, July 14, 2015
Boston is one of several cities that requires some developers to set aside affordable apartments, and the Massachusetts city has handed out those units — some in new luxury high-rises — via a lottery.

USA Seattle’s Affordable Housing Plan Includes “Grand Bargain”
The Next City, July 14, 2015
After 10 months of deliberation, the panel of developers and affordable housing advocates have put forth 65 proposals that would halt the city’s rapid transformation into a place “accessible only to the affluent and privileged,” the report states.

USA How a Seattle Plan to End Single-Family Zoning Could Change Affordable Housing
CityLab. com, July 13, 2015
Some of the proposed tools are untested, some are best practices. Together, they would set the city on the progressive edge.

USA What Seattle's New "Grand Bargain" on Affordable Housing is.
The Stranger, July 13, 2015
The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) committee's plan, released today, contains more than 60 recommendations. But at the centerpiece is a compromise between developers and affordability advocates reached over the weekend.

AUSTRALIA Housing affordability: What Australia can learn from the rest of the world, July 5, 2015
Governments have tackled the problem with strategies as varied as finance for non-profit housing, local councils buying up private property to turn it into social housing, to easing demand through tenant protections that makes long-term leasing appealing.

AUSTRALIA The solution to affordable housing? July 3, 2015
A group of experts believe they have the answer to fixing housing affordability in Australia, and it could be as easy as following 10 steps.

USA More communities demand developers build affordable housing
Al Jazeera,  June 26, 2015
Advocates hope a California Supreme Court ruling will lead to inclusionary zoning laws for rental units

UK Tenants pay more rent than any country in Europe 
The Guardian, June 24, 2015
British renters pay a higher proportion of their wages as well a higher rents, according to the National Housing Federation

USA To create more affordable housing, build more mass transit

UK Renting your way to poverty: welcome to the future of housing
The Telegraph, June 2, 2015
During 2013 housing prices in London rose by around £40,000 for an average flat or house that was sold compared to the previous year. By 2015 average London prices were over £500,000.

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 6 - 18, 2015

London's housing crisis - as street art !
A London renter has created street graphs throughout the capital to highlight fast-rising rents, evictions and homelessness, the chronic shortage of affordable housing and the decline in homeownership. Read more...


Help finding a perfect home
Winnipeg Free Press, May 16, 2015
Website newly launched here a neighbourhood matchmaker.

Winnipeg Real Estate News, May 15, 2015
 Hirsch added that not only is the process slower and more costly than it was prior to the condo act’s enactment, but the learning curve has caused problems for both Realtors and real estate lawyers.

Winnipeg slow to add secondary suites
Metro News, May 12, 2015
Three years after council changed zoning rules to allow for detached secondary suites — separate living units located above a garage, in a backyard or along a rear lane — only three have been developed, the property and development committee heard on Tuesday.

Happy to see rent assistance go up
Winnipeg Free Press (Op Ed - Brian Pallister), May 12, 2015
Twenty years ago, the average rent on a two bedroom apartment in Winnipeg was half of what it is today. I was convinced that something needed to be done to fix this situation. I’m proud to say that it was the first public position the PC Party took after becoming leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 2012.

Making Homelessness History, May 13, 2015
Canada is one of the very few advanced industrialized countries in the world that does not have a national housing strategy, and for low-income people in particular the consequences are severe, and sometimes deadly.

Plans in place for senior housing
Thompson Citizen, May 12, 2015
At this point in time the project is for affordable housing but, Byer noted, if the province decides low-income housing is important, a percentage of the units will be geared towards that.

Province Launches Second Phase of Strategy to Strengthen, Expand Co-operatives
Government of Manitoba (News Release), May 12, 2015 
The Manitoba government is partnering with the co-op community to strengthen and expand the successful co-operative business model, which creates jobs and offers a wide range of products and services across the province, Housing and Community Development Minister Mohinder Saran announced today.


Housing crunch looms for low-income renters
Canadian Press, May 19, 2015
Action required from all levels of government, according to a new report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Average house price in Canada up 9.5% to $448,862
CBC News, May 15, 2015
Without Toronto and Vancouver, average price was $339,893, an annual gain of 3.4%

Homeless Hub: York University, May 15, 2015
According to our latest report, of the over 235,000 Canadians who experience homelessness in a year, about 5000 people are unsheltered (living on the streets). It is reasonable to wonder, what with so many services available, why some unsheltered people would “choose” to remain so.

Can we make city more affordable? 
Vancouver Sun (Op Ed), May 15, 2015
To lessen the housing burden on younger families, residents must be more willing to accept changes to their neighbourhoods, government needs to look for ways to say yes to new and more varied development, and the development industry must collectively put more emphasis on neighbourhood context rather than fighting height.

Yellowknife homelessness 'worse than Toronto' 
My Yellowknife Now, May 14, 2015 
Homelessness in Yellowknife is worse than in almost any area of Canada, according to visiting experts – but the city is on the right track.

The trick Medicine Hat has used to almost eliminate homelessness? Giving homeless people homes
The National Post, May 13, 2015
In 2009, Medicine Hat launched an ambitious five-year plan to eliminate homelessness based on the 'housing first' principle. 

House prices off peak levels in every urban market but Vancouver, Toronto
CBC News, May 13, 2015
Toronto, Vancouver prices flatlined in April, but Teranet index still nudged higher 

Medicine Hat is about to end homelessness - but then what?
Calgary Herald, May 12, 2015
Clugston, a self-described fiscal conservative, was initially skeptical of the plan, but since becoming mayor in 2013 he’s championed the initiative and today he’s the unlikely face of ending homelessness in Canada.

Canada's Housing Crisis 'A Failure of All of Us'
The Tyee, May 5, 2015
Time to put affordable homes on the federal agenda, say advocates. First in a solutions series.


AUSTRIA A lesson in providing affordable housing
South China Morning Post, May 17, 2015
Vienna may offer an example to Hong Kong in how to supply cheaper homes, according to Austria's consul general in the city.

USA With Crises Looming, New Housing Chief Lays Out Her Strategy
Washington City Paper, May 15, 2015
Of all the crises facing the incoming administration of (Washington D.C.) Mayor Muriel Bowser this year, the direst was homelessness. The spike in family homelessness that took the city by surprise in the winter of 2013-2014 grew even worse this past winter, spurred largely by the vanishing supply of affordable housing.

USA San Francisco Says Airbnb Is Making Its Housing Crisis Worse
CityLab, May 15, 2015
Between 925 and 1,960 housing units in the city are sitting vacant so they can be rented out through the service, says a new report.

UK Could a UK politician ever vow to bring down house prices?
BBC News‎ May 12, 2015
Once British politicians promised to keep property prices low. Now homeowners expect the value of their houses to move ever upwards. Are Westminster governments of whichever party now obliged to let house prices always rise?

USA The Case for Giving Homes to the Homeless
CityLab, May 11, 2015
It might seem obvious, but in lots of cities it's also proved quite effective.

USA Granny is in the garage
Bloomberg News, May 9, 2015
The city is being squeezed by an aging population, poverty and housing costs. One in seven Philadelphians are already 65 and older, a number projected to grow 24 per cent by 2020. Most want to stay in their own homes. Many are poor. And money for social services is tight.

CHINA How do you solve a housing crisis? Study the example of Singapore
The Guardian, April 30, 2015
Singapore went from one of the worst housing shortages in the world to 90% home ownership. UK politicians can learn from its forceful approach

UK Where Can I afford to live tracker
BBC News, April 29, 2015
Whether you are house-hunting or just daydreaming, try using this calculator to see where in the country you could afford to live - and would it be cheaper to rent or buy?

USA The surprisingly simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness and saved millions
The Washington Post, April 17, 2015
That conversation spawned what has been perhaps the nation’s most successful — and radical — program to end chronic homelessness. Now, more than a decade later, chronic homelessness in one of the nation’s most conservative states may soon end.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

April 22 - May 5, 2015
Greenwood Place, Wolseley, ca. 1910 (Peel's Prairie Provinces)


Homeless Hub, York University, May 05, 2015
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and The Home Depot Canada Foundation are thrilled to launch two toolkits aimed at supporting communities working with homeless and at-risk youth.

Sourcable, May 5, 2015
The Australian Institute of Architects’ Affordable Housing Policy cites a number of other factors that contribute to unaffordable housing, including “lack of innovation in the building industry; lack of acceptance of low cost housing in the community; and lack of diversity of house type.”

Planetizen, May 4, 2015
My new report, Affordable Accessible Housing in a Dynamic City, provides 65 pages of detailed analysis concerning why and how to develop more affordable infill housing.


Winnipeg on CMHC's high-risk list

Winnipeg Free Press-May 1, 2015
A local real estate official hotly disputes Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s assessment of Winnipeg as being one of the highest-risk housing markets in Canada.

Winnipeg real Estate News, April 30, 2015
Rumours abound about “slumlords,” as there are landlords who fail to meet the basic needs of their renters and are driven solely by profit. But landlords can also be your average pensioner or middle-income couple, and they have their own stories to share of bad tenants who have caused them financial strain and emotional distress.

Pumping up the Gas Station
Winnipeg Free Press, April 28, 2015
In partnership with the Performing Arts Lodge, McDonald Youth Services and Old Grace Housing Co-op, it is hoped the building, whose bold design is by Cohlmeyer Architects, will include 31 units of affordable housing.. Lakeview Realty of Canada are the developers of the non-profit project.

Winnipeg's Red Road Lodge: A homegrown solution to homelessness
CBC News, April 29, 2015
 Delegates to a national conference on homelessness in Winnipeg will tour the Red Road Lodge, a once-notorious Main Street hotel that's been converted into transitional housing.

Regina, Winnipeg markets at risk: CMHC 
Canadian Press, April 30, 2015
Regina and Winnipeg are at high risk of a housing correction due to overvalued home prices and a glut of supply, according to a new report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.


April house sales surge 17% in Toronto, 37% in Vancouver
CBC News, May 05, 2015 
Huge demand for homes and tight supply make for a seller's market in both cities.

Social Housing To Have Separate Entrance To Vancouver High-rise 
Huffington Post Canada, May 5, 2015
A newly proposed building in Vancouver's West End neighbourhood is getting some attention because of its segregated entrances for condo residents, and those living in social housing units.

Saskatoon's homeless, struggling find services at trade show
CBC News, May 4, 2015
YXE Connects is a trade show with a difference, a free service fair for the city's struggling and homeless.

Shipping container housing being rolled out across Canada
Canadian Press, May 3, 2015
Now shipping containers are being repurposed into stylish homes that developers plan to roll out in housing-crunched communities across Canada.

Vancouver Sun, May 4, 2015
The city of Vancouver, meanwhile, has announced plans to create a database of empty houses and condos to determine how much vacant properties contribute to the city’s affordability crisis.

Housing waiting lists swell to more than 168000 households
Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, News release, May 4, 2015
The latest figures reveal that there were 3,642 more households waiting for RGI housing in 2014 than in 2013. More than three per cent of all Ontario households have applied for housing. For the second year in a row, these households faced an average wait of nearly four years., April 30, 2015
It's something that should be a topic of conversation in the Alberta election: while much work has been done in the past, the waiting list for accessible homes continues to grow.
It’s coming at a time when demand for subsidized housing is high and existing units are aging.Capital Region Housing has a waiting list of 2,100 families. It has a deferred maintenance bill of $100 million.

CBC News, April 27, 2015
Toronto Mayor John Tory stood in front of an unused plot of land in downtown Toronto on Monday to make the point there's been a lack of action on affordable housing.

CBC News, April 24, 2015
Hamilton's North End and Keith community leaders to discuss strategies Friday morning. 


Huffington Post UK
There is enormous disagreement among the two major political parties about how to actually go about building houses and how to tackle the related issues. Let us give just two examples.

economia, May 5, 2015
Crosby called on politicians across the political spectrum to develop an apolitical long-term housing strategy. Wide-spread reforms – including unlocking public sector land banks, boosting small and self builders, and devolution of building power to towns and cities – are needed to solve the burgeoning crisis.

Planetizen, May 2, will be a valuable resource for architects, planners, developers, elected officials, advocates, and community members—anyone working to build more great places for Americans,” says Lynn Richards, president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

The Guardian, April 30, 2015
 It’s the shocking statistic that sums up the housing crisis. And there are a couple of culprits for this mess – including ourselves, August 30,2015
Regular old home buyers are having a hard time finding places they can afford. Are investors to blame?

The Guardian, April 29, 2015
Anglicare report found a single parent has only 165 housing options across the country out of 65,614 properties available online

City Lab, April 24, 2015
By a vote split (nearly) down the party line, the Oregon House passed a bill to end state restrictions on inclusionary zoning. Municipalities may soon be able to require below-market pricing.