Friday, March 7, 2014

March 1 - 7, 2014

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WOMEN and HOMELESSNESS

CANADA New survey shows reality of a day in the life of Canada's shelters 
National Union of Public and General Employees, March 5, 2014
 The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses (CNWSTH) today released their first pan Canadian annual survey SHELTER VOICES on the state of emergency shelters in Canada.

CANADA Banner putting names to female homelessness
Hamilton Spectator, March 5, 2014
As part of the lead-up to the Second National Forum on Security of Housing and Safe Communities for Women, a banner has been brought to Hamilton, one that will make 30 stops before landing in — London, Ont.

UK 'Male-focused' homelessness services failing women, warns charity
Communitycare.co.uk, March 5, 2014
A report by the homelessness charity says both national and local services are too often designed by and for men and so often fail to effectively support women, who accounted for 26% of people who use homelessness services.

UK The hidden homeless: Government urged to help vulnerable women
The Independent (UK), February 28, 2014
Female homelessness also appears to be on the rise – whether that is at the harder end, involving drugs and prostitution, or at the softer end, starting with a period of sofa-surfing.

CANADA Children outnumber women in Saskatchewan shelters
Regina Leader-Post, February 28, 2014
Saskatchewan tops the list among Canadian provinces with the highest rate of women residing in shelters because of spousal abuse. It is also the only province to have more children than women admitted to shelters, according to Statistics Canada's Transition Home Survey.

MANITOBA

Social housing hike 20 years in the making 
Winnipeg Sun, March 6, 2014
Social agencies were granted part of their request for higher housing allowances in Thursday's budget, but not to the level they wanted.

CANADA

Program launched to get homeless veterans off the street
CBC News, March 5, 2014
 The Royal Canadian Legion announced Wednesday it will launch — and fund — a program to help get veterans off the street. It’s a service the legion says the federal government should be providing.

Affordable housing tops mayors' list of priorities
Ottawa Community News, March 5, 2014
Canada's civic leaders tried to shift the focus away from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and onto the major priority outlined by the mayors of large Canadian cities on Feb. 26: affordable housing.

Crisis in affordable housing demands 'radical' solutions, city told
Calgary Herald, march 4, 2014
The city will take the lead on a new plan for affordable housing in Calgary — but it’s looking elsewhere for the money to build more homes for low-income earners.

7th Annual Arthur R. Smith Awards Winners Honoured for Excellence in Ending Homelessness
Media Release, (Calgary-based), March 6, 2014

INTERNATIONAL

USA Where It's Hardest for the Poor to Make Their Rent 
The Atlantic Cities, March 3, 2014
For every 100 extremely low-income renter households in the country, there are only 29 affordable and available rental units.

USA New Motto for Nonprofit Housing: The Impossible Takes a Little Longer
Planetizen, March 4, 2014
Nonprofit housing developers are able to succeed at what often seems impossible. Nonprofits all want the projects done faster and better, but is all the well-meaning input from the activists and intellectuals just more mud in in a dragging field?

USA Cities Mobilize to Help Those Threatened by Gentrification
New York Times, March 3, 2014
The initiatives, planned or underway in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh and other cities, are centered on reducing or freezing property taxes for such homeowners in an effort to promote neighborhood stability, preserve character and provide a dividend of sorts to those who have stayed through years of high crime, population loss and declining property values, officials say.

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