Tuesday, January 7, 2014

December 24, 2013 - January 7, 2014

PLACES
The ca 1906 Bell Hotel re-opened in 2011 as a 42-unit supportive housing block. Here's a look back at its colourful history.

MANITOBA

MAPS marks grand opening of transitional housing units
Thompson Citizen, December 18, 2013
Kim Hickes, executive director of the Thompson Crisis centre, which is one of the organizations with a seat on the MAPS board, said the transitional housing facility was part of a holistic approach to dealing with and preventing domestic and family violence.

No room at the inn in Manitoba' for needy
Winnipeg Free Press, December 26, 2013
Christmas Eve trek stresses need for affordable housing

CANADA

Four changes CMHC needs to make to rein in its mortgage market influence 
The Globe and Mail, January 3, 2014
Indeed. The Crown corporation, which originally had a humble mandate of helping first-time buyers obtain favourable financing, now insures $560-billion of some of Canada’s riskiest mortgages, more than double what it insured in 2005.

Construction of Regina apartment units up in 2013
CBC News, January 3, 2014 
Although building permits were down in 2013, there is some "remarkable" news in the housing numbers, particularly apartments, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere says.

Lifelong activist leads by example
Montreal Gazette, December 31, 2013
Housing advocate Lucia Kowaluk, who will be named to the Order of Canada, might be unknown to many Montrealers, but her legacy is all around.

The great Canadian experiment to house the homeless
Community News Commons, December 30, 2013
At Home/Chez Soi is built around the concept that housing is the first order of business, and then comes support services that honor a person’s choices and offer a range of resources, says Dr. Paula Goering, a psychiatry professor at the University of Toronto who led the study.

INTERNATIONAL

U.S.A. Developer Deals Shortchange Affordable Housing Program in Boston 
The Boston Globe, January 7, 2013
With little outside oversight, Boston's powerful yet secretive Redevelopment Agency has squandered millions of dollars that were supposed to help build affordable housing by cutting deals with developers and allocating funds to other uses.

U.K. If we don't want to live in shoeboxes, we need to bring back housing standards 
The Guardian, January 7, 2014: 
As our homes become ever smaller, it's time to revisit the type of minimum space requirements that were used in the 1960s

MEKA reinvents shipping container housing
Treehugger, Dec 30, 2013
Shipping containers are wonderful things- for shipping. They are also all the rage among designers and architects who have been converting them into housing, with varying degrees of success.

U.S.A. House Rule
This American Life, November 22, 2013 (Audio)
 Where you live is important. It can dictate quality of schools and hospitals, as well as things like cancer rates, unemployment, or whether the city repairs roads in your neighborhood. On this week's show, stories about destiny by address.

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