Friday, November 15, 2013

November 9 - 15, 2013

MANITOBA

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A peek inside St. Matthews Church as its conversion into the West End Commons continues. The 26-unit affordable housing community is expected to open by May 2014 and applications are now available. More photos can be seen here.

New home prices in Winnipeg inch higher
Winnipeg Free Press, November 14, 2013
The cost of buying a new home inched a little higher in Winnipeg in September, new Statistics Canada figures show.  The federal agency said Winnipeg’s new housing price index rose by a mere 0.1 per cent from August to September after registering no change from July to August.

Homelessness in Brandon a growing concern 
CBC.ca, November 8, 2013
People who work with homeless people in Brandon say the Wheat City needs a central emergency shelter. 

CANADA

Condo rents hit new high amid ‘seemingly insatiable’ demand
Toronto Star, November 15, 2013
A record 6,541 GTA condos were rented via the MLS system in the third quarter of 2013, up an unprecedented 39 per cent from the same time last year.

Homeless out in the cold despite building boom 
MetroNews Canada, November 13, 2013
As new building construction sprouts in a rejuvenated Hamilton, it’s the same old painful reality for those struggling to live with a roof over their heads.

Housing-first strategy for homeless extended until 2019 
The Catholic Register, November 10, 2013
Homelessness experts say the federal government is headed in the right direction by extending its housing-first strategy to combat homelessness. 

Housing affordability not as cut-and-dried as it seems
Vancouver Sun, November 6, 2013
Complex issue: The figures look daunting, but somehow Vancouverites have been coping with the cost.

INTERNATIONAL

U.S. The U.S. City with the Highest Median Rent is.... 
The San Francisco Examiner, November 15, 2013
San Francisco, a city where 63.6 percent of all units are occupied by renters... has the highest median rent among the nation’s largest cities, beating New York handily, according to data from 2010 to 2012 released today by the U.S. Census Bureau,

U.S. Saving Neighborhoods From the 'Vacancy Vortex'
The Atlantic Cities, November 13, 2013
In cities like Buffalo, empty homes make neighborhood restoration a serious challenge. But one group has a clever fix.

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