Friday, January 31, 2014

January 19 - 31, 2014

MANITOBA

Sinclair inquiry report: more focus needed on long-term risks to children
Winnipeg Free Press, January 31, 2014
Hughes calls for improved housing and adult education programs for disadvantaged families. He said housing allowances for those on social services should be increased to at least 75 per cent of the median market rate. (Read full report here.)

Arts centre has big plans for Village 
Winnipeg Free Press, January 28, 2014
The Gas Station Arts Centre hopes to tear down its existing theatre and build an eight-storey complex that would include two or three new commercial units fronting on Osborne Street, a new 300-seat theatre and six storeys of apartments, some earmarked for artists. 

Siloam Mission eyes $30.5 M expansion
CBC.ca, January 24, 2014
Plans include two new structures: one a four-storey building for administrative services and a nine-storey complex of apartment-like units. "We're looking to add 160 units of housing for people that have experienced homelessness or are at risk of experiencing homelessness"

Housing Crunch Continues in Manitoba
Policyfix.ca, January 21, 2014
Across Canada, housing prices slowed down in 2013, but in Manitoba, there are no signs of the housing crunch abating.  Last month, the average house price in Winnipeg surpassed $300,000 for the first time ever, according to new data from the Canadian Real Estate Association. 

CANADA 

Shipping Container Housing Community To Grow In Vancouver
The Tyee, January 30, 2014
Operated by Atira Women's Resource Society, the 12 shipping containers stacked three-storeys high at 502 Alexander Street in Vancouver are finally full of tenants five months after opening their doors on Sept. 1.

The Housing First Model -- cure to homelessness in Canada?
rabble.ca, January 28, 2014
A 2009 UN report on access to affordable housing painted a grim picture. The report blasted homelessness as a national emergency in Canada. It brought to light the fact that Canada is one of the few countries in the world without a national strategy on homelessness

Why Canada’s cult of home ownership is in trouble 
The Globe and Mail, January 20, 2014
It would be overdramatizing things to say the students have turned against home ownership. Really, they’re just thinking more critically about it.

Fears of evictions across Canada as feds end co-op housing subsidy
Globalnews.ca, January 20, 2014
Nicholas Gazzard, the executive director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, said the point of the subsidy is to allow people with low or fixed incomes to be able to pay rent.

INTERNATIONAL

UK Government launches housing review
Building.co.uk, January 30, 2014
The coalition government has launched a wide-ranging review into the funding and construction of affordable housing.

UK If housing were seen as infrastructure there would be a lot more of it 
The Guardian (blog), January 29, 2014
The government's refusal to classify affordable housing as infrastructure is deterring investment.

AUSTRALIA The Senate's inquiry into affordable housing: Six submissions
Property Observer, January 31, 2014 
Late last year the Senate referred an inquiry into affordable housing to the Senate Economics References Committee. Already, there have been six comprehensive submissions.

USA Utah is Ending Homelessness by Giving People Homes
nationofchange.org, Jan 18, 2014
This trend makes Utah’s accomplishment even more noteworthy. In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.

UK Why good housing helps prevent child poverty
The Guardian,  January 15, 2013
Housing is both a major part of the problem and the solution in stopping the rise in child poverty, says John Thornhill.

OTHER URBAN STUFF 

Vancouver soon to be home to Canada's first aboriginal boutique arts hotel
The Province, January 28, 2014
Skw√°chays Lodge, scheduled to open in May, is designed for tourists looking for unique higher-end accommodation in downtown Vancouver.  Each room will have its own theme and indigenous art works.

USA Behold the Most Bike-Friendly Apartment Complex in North America 
Take part.com, January 16, 2014
Under construction in Portland, Ore., the facility has 1,200 bicycle parking spaces—and the designers are considering adding more.

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