Friday, February 14, 2014

February 8 - 14, 2014

MANITOBA

Re-designating land could provide CentrePort housing: Councillor
MetroNews,  February 5, 2014
Mayor Sam Katz said the Winnipeg Airports Authority is also in favour of the land re-designation, however, WAA officials did caution potential homebuyers.

CANADA

New chief housing officer brings London perspective to Vancouver
Vancouver Sun, February 13, 2014
The City of Vancouver's new chief housing officer, Mukhtar Latif, was hired four months ago to “identify, appraise and deliver more affordable housing in the city.”

Support for affordable housing and homelessness missing in action in budget
Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, February 11, 2014
Today’s federal budget does not outline a plan to further invest in affordable housing or in additional measures to end homelessness.

Ford's big social housing zero
NOW Magazine, February 5, 2014
When Ford took office in December 2010, there were 142,555 people on the city's waiting list for community housing. At the end of 2013 there were 167,472.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson seeks more housing cash from budget
Ottawa Citizen, February 12, 2014
The federal government’s refusal to spend over $1 billion on social housing means existing buildings are deteriorating and Ottawa’s 9,000-name waiting list for subsidized apartments isn’t likely to get much shorter, Mayor Jim Watson said after the federal budget was released Tuesday.

Burnaby joins call for affordable housing
Burnaby NewsLeader, February 12, 2013
Burnaby is adding its voice to a chorus of more than 140 municipalities across Canada calling on the federal government to keep housing affordable

Feds need to address affordable housing, infrastructure, City says
SooToday.com, February 12, 2014
Fratesi said there is wording in the budget concerning the need for affordable housing in Canada, but no clear action plan.

Federal government fails to deliver on affordable housing promises
rabble.ca, February 11, 2014
Life for homeless people is harsh, not just for those who sleep on the streets but also for the ones sleeping in homeless shelters. Unbelievably stressful. And it’s killing people. Almost 30 years before the average person.

INTERNATIONAL

Greece Life in an Athens Housing Complex
The Atlantic Cities, February 9, 2014
 A complicated tangle of property rights, squatters, and disrepair.

World Down and out
The Economist, February 8, 2014
Shanty-towns may be more of a trap than economists thought.

USA Nonprofits Pull In Investors To Tackle Housing Affordability
NPR, February 11, 2014 One of the biggest problems facing low-income families in the U.S. today is a lack of affordable housing.  According to by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, more than 7 million low-income households now spend more than half of their income for rent, which leaves little money for anything else. 

USA Co-ops preserve affordable housing in rapidly changing neighborhoods
Elevation DC, February 11, 2014
When the tenants got wind that the property was up for sale, they immediately formed an association, with Vargo as one of its founding board members. Their letter of intent to purchase was filed in a week.

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