Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 5 - 11, 2014


From the "the more things change ..." file, here is what the Winnipeg delegation to a 1913 North American housing conference had to say about combating the skyrocketing price of housing in the city. (The clipping is from December 15, 1913 Winnipeg Tribune.)

MANITOBA

Province partners with community groups to create safe, affordable housing
Province of Manitoba (News Release), April 9, 2014
The Manitoba government and the non-profit groups Clubhouse of Winnipeg and Fountain Springs Housing are partnering to create more affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals and families, Housing and Community Development Minister Peter Bjornson announced today.

March 2014 Housing Starts in Winnipeg
Marketwire, April 8, 2014
Housing starts in the Winnipeg Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 3,454 units in March compared to 4,046 in February, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

CANADA

The Rebirth of Affordable Housing
Torontoist, April 9, 2014
Toronto has a serious problem with affordable housing. The number of Torontonians on the housing wait list is at over 165,000, and counting.

Housing mentally ill homeless cheaper than alternative: study
CBC News, April 8, 2014
Housing-first strategy proves effective solution for homeless with mental health issues

Chez Soi project a success in battling homelessness: study
Montreal Gazette, April 8, 2014‎ 
It works! That's the official word from the Housing First/Chez Soi research project that gave homeless people with mental health problems a roof over their heads.

Study finds 'housing first' strategy saves money, keeps people off street
CTV News, April 7, 2014‎
Anti-homelessness advocates have said the Conservative government has to vigorously tackle Canada's growing affordable housing crisis before it can declare it's vanquishing homelessness outright.

Legge: Lack of affordable housing hurts more than just renters
Calgary Herald, (Op Ed), March 27, 2014
Adam Legge is the president and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

INTERNATIONAL

China: 'Fast Food Homes' Were Built Quickly and Cheaply, and They're Starting to Collapse
The Atlantic Cities, April 07, 2014
It wasn't the kind of real estate collapse that many China observers have been warning about, but for dozens of residents of an apartment building that disintegrated in the eastern province of Zheijiang on Friday, it was much scarier.

North America: Housing is the Key to Family-Friendly Cities
Planetizen, April 7, 2014
Why housing should take priority in the effort to attract families back to the city (and welcome them to stay awhile).

USA: As Silicon Valley churns out millionaires, evictions loom for low-income renters
Bloomberg News, April 7, 2014
East Palo Alto is the last haven of low-rent housing in a region where companies like Tesla, Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. have minted at least two dozen billionaires and thousands of millionaires.

USA: America's Apartment Shortage: 8 Million Units
Planetizen, April 8, 2014
Consumer preference surveys have always been fairly useless when it comes to determining actual housing preferences.It was refreshing, then, to see a question in the 2014 National Realtor's Survey that asked respondents to make a real choice (and for some, a compromise): live in an apartment or townhouse in a walkable neighborhood, or accept car dependence and live in a single-family home.

UK: Houses that are more affordable, not more affordable housing
 Financial Times Adviser, April 7, 2014
Bringing the price of existing houses under control would be more beneficial than building newer 'affordable' housing, says Jon Cudby.

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