Friday, November 8, 2013

November 2 - 8, 2013

MANITOBA

The Governments of Canada and Manitoba celebrate the official opening of Living Gospel Church (LGC) Family Place located at 525/527 William Avenue
Media Release, November 8, 2013

CANADA

BC Housing Probes Non-Profit Housing Society
Huffington Post Canada, November 7, 2013
The Portland Hotel Society provides social housing and support for people with mental illnesses and chronic substance-abuse issues on the Downtown Eastside, and it also operates a supervised safe-injection site with Vancouver Coastal Health.

Affordable housing in near-crisis state in Canada, official says 
Halifax Chronicle Herald, November 2, 2013 
There’s housing trouble of near-crisis proportions in this country and a long-term solution is required to fix the problem, says the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ top staffer.

Vancouver company hopes to kickstart micro home revolution with $25k units
Global News, October 29, 2013
Nomad Micro Homes is raising funds on the crowd-funding website indiegogo to make affordable micro homes a reality.  Kent says there are multiple uses for homes which are about 160 square feet in size.

Toronto considers purchase of 71 condo units for affordable housing
CTV News, October 29, 2013 
The city may buy 71 suites in a proposed waterfront condo development, to use as affordable housing for lower-income renters.

INTERNATIONAL

UK: Housing innovation funds can provide creative spark in a stagnant sector
The Guardian (blog), November 7, 2013
For social housing providers, this is as much a strength as it is a straitjacket. With public funding drying up fast, there is greater demand for innovative ideas.

USA: What It Will Take to Establish a Philadelphia Land Bank
The Next City,  October 30, 2013
Advocates who want a land bank to manage Philadelphia’s 12,000 vacant city-owned properties face many political challenges.

OTHER URBAN STUFF

Pop-Up Planning: New Methods for Transforming the Public Process
ThisBigCity.org, November 5, 2013 
The City of Santa Monica and Melendrez - Los Angeles-based urban designers – along with help from Community Arts Resources, brought the idea of pilot and pop-up, tactical urbanism into the planning process, with a festival/workshop/installation called Pop-Up MANGo, the first event of its kind in the region.

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