Friday, November 29, 2013

November 23 - 29, 2013

PLACES

Fifty years ago next week the first families began moving into Gilbert Park. It was the city's first large-scale social housing project and allowed it to bulldoze the "Jarvis Slums". A look back at the history of Gilbert Park at my Winnipeg Downtown Places blog.

MANITOBA

UWinnipeg's new apartment complex will be home for families
Uwinnipeg (news release), November 25, 2013The Government of Manitoba and The University of Winnipeg are partnering to build a 14-storey apartment complex in the heart of downtown .

Home ownership gets more expensive in Manitoba, but still affordable
Winnipeg Free Press, November 27, 2013
The cost of owning a home climbed a little higher in Manitoba during the third quarter of this year, but homeownership still remains more affordable here than in the rest of Canada, according to new report from RBC Economics.

Phasing out housing subsidies could create more homeless: Advocates
CTV Winnipeg, November 22, 2013
In Manitoba, about 40,000 people rely on a housing subsidy. Housing advocates are hoping the federal government comes up with a solution so rents don't go up.

CANADA

Social housing cuts by Harper government need to stop: Protesters
Ottawa Sun, November 27, 2013
More than 100 activists from the group Front d'Action Populaire en Reamenagement Urbain, which fights to defend affordable housing, marched across the river to lay a sea of bright red tents on Stephen Harper's doorstep.

Housing activists renew their call for a Canadian national housing strategy
Rabble.ca (blog), November 23, 2013
Three demands.  The same ones housing activists have been calling for since the federal government axed the national housing program two decades ago.

Why Canadian homes are more unaffordable than ever
The Globe and Mail, November 26, 2013
Put another way, house prices have more than doubled over that period, while incomes are up by just a bit more than half.

What Vancouver City Hall Is Doing for Renters
The Tyee, November 17, 2013
New policies help protect tenants, create thousands of new rental units: Vision councillor.

IMF recommends Canada scale back CMHC
CBC News, November 27, 2013
The International Monetary Fund says Canada is exposing itself to risk by insuring mortgages through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Ottawa Community Housing hypes its buildings
Ottawa Sun, November 24, 2013
Ottawa Community Housing has often been knocked for hyping up its social housing properties on its website.  It's true, many of their rental properties read just like real estate ads.

INTERNATIONAL

30 of the World’s Most Impressive Social Housing Projects
Best MSW Programs.com, September 30, 2013
As populations grow and cities become more crowded than ever, public housing has become an increasingly important issue for governments around the world. However, social housing is no longer limited to characterless blocks of concrete.

Blame Single-Family Neighborhoods for Gentrification
Planetizen.com, November 25, 2013
What's so special about single-family homes that we'd rather preserve them than prevent the displacement and financial distress of thousands of low- and moderate-income renters?

Vacant Buildings: Renovate, Demolish, or Disguise?
The Wall Street Journal, November 21, 2013
 To battle blight caused by the plague of vacant properties left by declining populations and the Great Recession, cities and property owners are resorting to some sly tactics.

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