Thursday, May 15, 2014

April 15 - May 15, 2014


http://westenddumplings.blogspot.ca/2014/05/little-house-on-arlington-street-being.html
Housing Opportunities Partnership is back in the housing game ! They took possession of this half demolished home on Arlington Street and will build a new, infill house in its place. For more....

MANITOBA

Aboriginal leaders, ministers talk housing at Winnipeg meeting
CBC News, May 13, 201
First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit leaders met with aboriginal affairs ministers across Canada on Tuesday for a meeting of the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group.  Aboriginal housing falls under the federal government's jurisdiction, but provincial and territorial aboriginal affairs ministers say they will keep pressing for more funding.

City taxes unfairly punish inner city: Eadie
Winnipeg Sun, May 02, 2014
The city's reassessment process punishes homeowners in some of Winnipeg's poorest neighbourhoods which have seen their share of property taxes rise by more than 50% since 2009, Coun. Ross Eadie said.

United Way unveils plan to end homelessness in Winnipeg
CBC News, April 29, 2014
'One-stop drop-in centre' to streamline services for street people in Winnipeg

Siloam Mission plans addition
Winnipeg Free Press, May 6, 2014 
Siloam Mission will announce a $30.5-million expansion campaign this morning that will almost triple its ability to house homeless people.

Siloam Mission Unhappy Over EIA Increase 
ChrisD.ca, April 26, 2014
The province’s commitment to increase the employment and income assistance (EIA) shelter allowance has the approval of Siloam Mission, but the four-year phase in period doesn’t sit well with the Winnipeg homeless shelter.

New youth homeless shelter for Winnipeg
CBC.ca, April 14, 2014
A new homeless youth shelter that's opening in Winnipeg today is offering at-risk teens a safe place to stay.  Macdonald Youth Services has renovated the century-old Heritage Mansion on 159 Mayfair Ave. into a 24-hour co-ed emergency shelter, at a cost of $2.4 million.

CANADA

Medicine Hat on brink of ending homelessness, mayor says
CBC News, May 15, 2014
The southern Alberta city is one of seven communities in Alberta that adopted a Housing First approach to fighting homelessness several years ago. 

Housing affordability: The fine art of micro living
Vancouver Sun, May 14, 2014
Despite the area’s well-documented drug and alcohol problems, Baron feels safe and very much at home in the 100-year-old refurbished building whose previous incarnation was as a Single Resident Occupancy (SRO) hotel.

Vancouver councillor 'painfully aware' of affordable housing crisis
TheTyee.ca (blog), May 13, 2014
Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs says the City is "between a rock and a hard place" when it comes to affordable housing.

Rising youth homelessness a crisis we mustn't ignore
Toronto Star, May 12, 2014
Youth homelessness has always been a barometer of social and civic health. A new survey confirms that youth homelessness is on the rise. It's a complex problem that requires a concerted solution. 

Cheap Condo Experiment Fails to Live up to Hype
TheTyee.ca, May 8 2014
Planner finds result of Vancouver project 'embarrassing' as buyers flip for profits.

Do We Need Affordable Housing or Affordable Living?
May 6, 2014, Better Cities & Towns 
Two primary strategies will help to achieve affordable living: Reduce household transportation costs and support smaller living spaces.

'Housing First' approach may put homeless youth last, report warns
Canadian Press, April 21, 2014
The report warns against what it calls the "Housing First Jr." approach, saying youth homelessness demands a unique focus on the developmental, social and legal needs of young people that can differ significantly from homeless adults. 

Provincial Record on Housing a Welcome Achievement
Policy Fix,April 14, 2014
Housing and Community Development Minister Peter Bjornson announced the fulfillment of the Manitoba NDP’s 2009 promise to complete 1,500 units of affordable housing at the opening of a new housing project for people with mental health challenges in Winnipeg last Thursday.

INTERNATIONAL

USA The Ever-Evolving Difficulties of Giving Housing to the Homeless 
The Pacific Standard, May 15, 2014
First introduced in 1992, the Housing First model suggested that we fight homelessness by first giving the homeless a place to live. Twenty-four years later, the study of a program in Hamilton, Ontario, sheds some light on how the system is working today.

USA The Future of America's Public Housing Stock: Demolition by Neglect
The Atlantic Cities, May 14 , 2014
In D.C., federal funding to renovate or maintain existing affordable housing units has been cut virtually in half.     

UK Home in a Box With the prefab
Metropilis, May 2014
Y: Cube, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners hopes to finally make a dent in London's housing problem.

UK The living wage was a good start – but what we really need now is a living rent
The Guardian (blog)  May 13, 2014
Housing costs take up an enormous amount of income for renters and the frequent increases risk dismantling communities, says Liam Harney. "We want councils to create a living rent where rents would be linked to average local earnings."

USA By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go? 
the Atlantic Cities,  May 08, 2014
A new documentary looks at what happened after the city tore down 14,000 units of public housing.

USA 'Housing New York' Would Invest $41 Billion in Affordable Housing
The  New York Times, May 6, 2014
New York City will commit $8.2 billion in public funds to a 10-year housing plan that could transform the cityscape from Cypress Hills in Brooklyn to the shores of the Harlem River, while providing affordable homes to thousands of low- to middle-income residents

Can affordable housing create economic integration?
City Notes, May 14, 2014 

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