Thursday, August 29, 2013

Housing News for August 24 - 30, 2013


MANITOBA

Homeless outreach good start
Winnipeg Free Press (Editorial), August 21, 2013
The strategy for reducing homelessness in Winnipeg is not moving fast enough for most people, particularly for those sleeping outdoors and eating at soup kitchens, but at least it is moving in the right direction.

Manitoba's housing affordability a mixed picture: RBC Economics Canada
NewsWire (press release), August 27, 2013
Affordability in Manitoba's housing market was a mixed picture in the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest Housing Trends and Affordability Report issued today by RBC Economics Research. RBC notes that second-quarter housing affordability in the province was only slightly worse off than on average since the mid-1980s.

CANADA

Affordable housing must top 2015 election agenda: FCM 
iPolitics, August 20, 2013
The president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities says making housing affordable is one of its main priorities, and that the organization will be pushing the federal government on this leading up to the election in 2015.

Canadian home ownership inches further out of reach
The Globe and Mail, August 27, 2013
Rising house prices made home-ownership slightly less affordable in Canada during the second quarter of this year, when buyers returned to the market after a lengthy slump.

INTERNATIONAL

(USA) Berkeley neighbors fight micro-unit proposal
Planetizen, August 26, 2013
A five-story, 60 ft. building proposal in Berkeley, Calif. that would house 70 'high end' micro-apartments ranging from 307 to 344 sq. ft. was presented to the city's Zoning Adjustment Board, but commissioners and neighbors were not impressed.

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