Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 18 - 24, 2014

ca. 1950s (courtesy Gas Station Arts Centre)

There's news that the Gas Station Theatre has cleared a major hurdle in its plan for a new complex that will include affordable housing units. Here's a look back at the history of the site which, yes, was a gas station for over sixty-five years ! 

Canadian Housing First Tool Kit: Developed to assist Canadian communities that are interested in adopting the Housing First approach.


High-income wage earners cashing in on public housing
Winnipeg Free Press, July 22, 2014
MHRC says the new policy is in no way intended to evict or cause a household to involuntarily leave public housing because of the rent hike. Manitoba Housing can only increase rent upon renewal of a lease and can only impose one rent increase in a 12-month period.

Government looking into high-income tenants in social housing
Winnipeg Sun, July 21, 2014

Osborne Village institution's redevelopment plan approved
Winnipeg Free Press, July 19 2014
The Gas Station Arts Centre would have a two-pronged approach to housing. Kowalchuk said his goal is to establish a housing co-operative, which would include affordable housing as well as market housing, which would be available to a wide range of residents.


SFU showed way for affordable housing
Vancouver Sun, OpEd, July 21, 2014
In any housing market, improved affordability relates primarily to two things: the cost of land (which in Vancouver is a significant barrier); and the time-value of money, the time it takes to bring new homes to market.

City of Montreal halting new subsidies for most housing programs
Montreal Gazette, July 15, 2014
The city of Montreal pulled the plug on many of its housing subsidy programs on Monday, blaming the decision on the Quebec government's refusal to contribute any money in the provincial budget this year. 


U.S.A. The Troubling Rise of Family Homelessness
Next City. org, July 23, 2014

U.S.A.: New York City's "Poor Doors" explained
Next, July 22, 2014
The term is quite literal. It refers to a second entrance in a luxury condo building for tenants living in units reserved for lower-income renters. It has become shorthand for segregation of people based on how much rent they can pay.

U.K. Homelessness is a public health crisis
The Guardian, July 22, 2014
Health services should check the housing status of patients, with homelessness triggering an instant full health check-up.

U.S.A.: Who lives in subsidized housing?
National Housing Conference blog, July 18, 2014
According to the new data, in 2013 there were over 5.2 million HUD-subsidized housing units in the United States serving over 10 million people. Who is receiving Federal housing assistance?

BRAZIL: Architects Propose Converting World Cup Stadiums Into Affordable Housing, July 17, 2014
With the World Cup settled and its new stadiums emptied of fans, Brazil faces the question of how to best use these structures. According to a duo of French architects, turning the buildings into much-needed housing is a good answer.

U.S.A. Affordable Housing Leads to Smarter Kids
Governing, July 15, 2014
A new study finds a link between how much families spend on housing and children's intellectual ability.

U.K. Supermarket Giant Tesco Wants to Get Into the Housing Game
CityLab, July 21, 2014
Tesco, by far the biggest supermarket chain in the UK, already sells groceries, clothes, and tablets while offering banking and mobile servicesNow, it is looking to turn itself into a landlord for Britain’s resurgent class of first-time home buyers.

U.S.A. Interview: Tony Pickett, Denver’s Urban Land Conservancy, July 18, 2014
The purpose of the Denver TOD Fund is to support the creation and preservation of over 1,000 affordable housing units through strategic property acquisition, as the city builds 122 new miles of rail lines through the FasTracks plan.

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