Friday, June 14, 2013

Housing News for June 8 - 14, 2013



CANADA

The Tyee, June 12, 2013
On May 15, Vancouver city council approved a staff proposal to build 355 units of rental housing on four city-owned sites, to be operated by four community land trust partners.

Vancouver Sun (editorial page) June 11, 2013
Opinion: Canada’s failure to enact a national housing strategy — we’re the only G8 country without one — is costing us, a lot. 

Canadian Architect, Jun 10, 2013
They created new types of housing, web and mobile tracking tools and innovative design — all to help show Canadians how to use less energy and save on energy bills. Three winners of the 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards were recently named for their innovations in home energy efficiency and took home $75,000 in award incentives -- the largest award of its kind in Canada.

CMHC News Release,  June 8, 2013
Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour, Dr. Kellie Leitch, addressed the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada's 2013 Annual General Meeting, reiterating the importance of partnerships to address housing needs.

CBC News June 8, 2013
Hundreds of people are in Calgary Saturday for the annual general meeting of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, where they will discuss ways to stop cuts to low-income  housing.

CMHC Media Release, June 4, 2013
The board of directors of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has designated Douglas A. Stewart as its interim president and CEO, effective June 17, 2013.  This will ensure the continuity of CMHC’s operations.

INTERNATIONAL

Out-Law.com, June 12 2013
London will need 400,000 new homes over the next ten years to meet increasing population demands, Mayor Boris Johnson has said in a new '2020 Vision' (84-page / 2.40MB PDF) document which sets out his ambitions for the capital's future. The shortage of affordable housing was "perhaps the gravest crisis the city faces" and said that 40,000 affordable homes would need to be built every year to meet the challenge.

Architectural Record, June 3, 2013
The contest—sponsored by the Denver Architectural League—was open to just about anyone in the United States or abroad associated with the architecture profession, including registered and non-registered architects, interns, and students. As the models and drawings began pouring in, Sheppard noticed that many were coming from outside the U.S.

The Atlantic Cities, May 23, 2013
If you don’t live in public housing, you probably don’t think about it very much. When you do think about it, vague and negative stereotypes likely come to mind, about high crime rates and entrenched poverty.  You might not think that the housing projects in your city have anything to do with you.

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