Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 16 - 22, 2013

In recent years, a number of long-term vacant buildings in downtown Winnipeg have received a new lease on life. One that has remained stubbornly vacant, though, is the former Kenilworth Court located at 44 Hargrave Street. I take a look back at the history of the building.


National Housing Day - November 22
Affordable housing helps to make our communities better places to live, work and grow. On National Housing Day, November 22, CMHC celebrates the affordable housing initiatives that are making a difference in people's lives.


Government of Canada Helps Lower the Cost of Housing
Media Release, November 21, 2013


Tories allow social housing providers to hold onto surplus funds
The Canadian Press, November 21, 2013
The Conservative government has announced rule changes that will allow social housing projects to hang on to surplus funds after their operating agreements with Ottawa expire.

Shelters an emergency measure
Winnipeg Sun, (Op Ed), November 19, 2013
Let me be clear — shelters do not solve homelessness but I take offence when someone declares shelters are not working. Shelters were never meant to solve the problem — they deal with the crisis. Shelters respond short term. Society must solve the problem it created.


Halifax aims to end homelessness by 2019
CBC News, November 22, 2013
Halifax is turning its eye towards securing more affordable housing, after a recent report paints a grim picture of homelessness in the capital.

Families at risk of homelessness in low-income highrises
MetroNews Canada, November 22, 2013
 Nine out of 10 families occupying aging highrises in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods are living in inadequate housing that heightens their risk of homelessness, according to a University of Toronto study being released Friday.

Canada's housing co-operatives warmly welcome Minister's announcement supporting low-income households
Media Release, November 21, 2013
The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) warmly welcomed today's announcement by Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen allowing housing co-ops across Canada additional flexibility to provide rent support for low-income members. 

Group's goal: Homes for all
The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) November 21, 2013
The group wants to find ways to provide affordable housing for the homeless, those at risk of homelessness or those living in housing they really can't afford.

The great Canadian experiment to house the homeless
Waterloo Record-Nov 19, 2013
In the U.S. we don't often think about coupling housing with health, but Canada has. One project, At Home/Chez Soi, funded by the Canadian government, is a randomized controlled trial focused on housing for the mentally ill.

Broken Promises on affordable housing
Toronto Star (Op Ed), November 18, 2013
Broken promises on affordable housing Eight months after Ottawa promised to work with the provinces to fund an ambitious affordable housing initiative, we’re still waiting for action.

Ottawa blind to affordable housing crisis
Hamilton Spectator, November 18, 2013
In Hamilton, about 4,700 households remain on a waiting list for safe accommodation  Canada — and Ontario is no exception — has a developing crisis around affordable housing. Across the province, 158,445 households are on waiting lists. And the average wait is more than three years.

Congestion Driving Canadians Back to Cities, Says New Report  
Huffington Post, November 18, 2013 A new report by multinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) calls the suburban-to-urban movement of Canadian residents and businesses one of the most significant current real estate trends.


Has Germany Figured Out the Way to Keep Rents Affordable?
The Atlantic Cities, November 20, 2013
The country has passed new set of rules to make sure city dwellers don't get priced out of their neighborhoods. Will it work?

China’s Housing Crunch Takes to the Rooftops
The Diplomat, November 22, 2013
Hitherto illegal – and often bizarre – rooftop construction could be at least a partial solution to China’s urban housing crunch.


No doorknobs allowed in new Vancouver homes
CTV News, November 22, 2013
Doorknobs in Vancouver are set to become a relic of the past after city council recently ushered in Canada's first adaptable housing bylaw.

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