Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 8 - 16, 2014

May 22, 1971, Winnipeg Free Press

MANITOBA

Manitoba Housing not upfront about eviction, asbestos removal: residents
MetroNews, July 14, 2014
Nadine Delisle with Manitoba Housing said the work is being done to get the building ready to become an assisted living facility in 2015. 

Winnipeg home prices rise for most housing types in second quarter of 2014
CNW (Media Release) July 9, 2014
The Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today showed year-over-year price appreciation across most housing types surveyed in Winnipeg.

Slow and steady growth is the best approach
Medicine Hat News (Opinion), July 15, 2014

In a move that seems counter-intuitive to ensuring steady employment for its members, the Manitoba Building and Construction Trades Council has called for Winnipeg to implement a 10-year moratorium on major housing developments.

Beer Bottles to Books: Remaking Merchants Corner
Policy Fix, July 10, 2014
Merchants Corner will include 30 units of rent-geared-to-income housing for students with children. This alone is enormously important given the severe shortage of decent affordable housing in the inner city.

CANADA

Vancouver to collect data on property speculators, empty dwellings
Vancouver Sun (blog), July 14, 2014
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced Vancouver's new Affordable Housing Agency will "collect available data on issues such as vacant homes, and provide information on ways to limit investor speculation and unnecessary vacancies in Vancouver’s housing market."

This Ad For A Homeless Shelter Is Also A Mini Homeless Shelter
Gismodo.com, July 13, 2014
A curious ad campaign recently popped up in Vancouver. The backs of park benches have become billboards for Raincity Housing, a non-profit that helps the homeless. But they’re not just advertisements for a homeless shelter. Some of the ads actually transform into little shelters.

How mixed-income neighbourhoods can succeed
Ottawa Citizen,  July 11, 2014
In Canada, rich and poor neighbourhoods have become even more polarized because of diverging family incomes and a tendency for people to “live nearby like,” according to the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network.

Co-op Housing In Vancouver Is The Affordable Option You Didn't Know About
The Huffington Post Canada, July 11, 2014
For all the attention on Vancouver as one of the most expensive places to live on the face of the Earth, it's actually possible to rent a bright, one-bedroom apartment in a modern downtown building for around $750 — as long as you're not a grumpy loner. 

Swann: Empower cities to solve affordable housing crisis
Calgary Herald, July 8, 2014
The latest figures show that close to 35,000 people in Calgary alone are either homeless or at risk, a figure that has changed little in the past few years. Yet municipal, provincial and federal politicians dither on zoning, jurisdiction, rules and, of course, funding.


Gurney: Want new affordable housing? No problem. Just commit to a $2.5-billion event first
National Post, July 9, 2014

The Pan Am Games are estimated to cost approximately $2.5-billion, of which $700-million is for construction of new sporting facilities or upgrades to existing ones, another $700-million to cover the construction of an athletes’ village that will then become affordable housing.

Mulcair praises Calgary affordable housing; slams feds commitment
660news.com, July 12, 2014
Mulcair said the lack of a vision federally is hurting Canada, but he said the systems in place in Calgary are admirable and a model for the whole country, adding it’s the most comprehensive system he’s seen in the country.


Ontario’s housing crisis is also a health crisis
Toronto Star (Opinion), July 6, 2014
If home is one of the most important things to both our health and well-being, you would imagine it would be at the top of every political platform. But in Toronto, where we have just completed a provincial campaign, are in the midst of a municipal campaign, and have a federal campaign on the way, housing has not emerged as a campaign theme.

Vancouver creates new agency to increase affordable rental housing
Vancouver Sun, July 6, 2014
City has mandate to provide 2,500 units by 2021

INTERNATIONAL

USA: Desperately Seeking Someone to Blame for the Rental Crisis
Random House.ca, July 14, 2014

In the depths of the latest US recession, Wall Street had a brain wave: buy up all of those houses that were now conveniently worthless thanks to the financial crisis Wall Street itself had caused and rent them out.

UK: Forget about greenfield sites, build in the cities
The Guardian, July 15, 2014   
This housing crisis calls for new ways of planning that bring vitality to urban centres, not more commuter dormitories.

USA: Maximizing DC’s Public Lands for Affordable Housing
DC Fiscal Policy Institute, July 10, 2014
A DC Council committee voted this week to bolster a novel tool to get more affordable housing throughout the city. The bill would require developers to include affordable housing any time they buy land from the city for residential development.

France: Paris Wants Landlords to Turn Vacant Office Space Into Apartments—Or Else
CityLab, uly 13 2014
The city has a surplus of empty commercial buildings that could better serve as residences. And it plans to fine owners who don't convert.

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