Monday, July 7, 2014

June 23 - July 7, 2014

Ellice and Minto, 1946 and 2012

MANITOBA

MetroNews Canada, July 7, 2014
Councillor’s with the mayor’s Executive Policy Committee will look at an administration-backed plan to help Siloam Mission build 160 new housing units for the homeless when they meet this week.

Net News Ledger, July 7, 2014
The Winnipeg Public Service have recommended to the City of Winnipeg’s Executive Policy Committee a plan to provide a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) grant for $4 million be awarded to Siloam Mission to assist in the creation of housing opportunities for people seeking shelter.

Notorious hotel gets new life
Winnipeg Free Press, Jun 25, 2014
The Merchants Hotel, once a hive of drunken street crime on Selkirk Avenue, is finally getting a fix-up, part of a slow renaissance now underway in one of the city's poorest neighbourhoods.

For a history and more links about the Merchants Corner project, check out Winnipeg Downtown Places and the project's website at The Merch.

CANADA

The Province July 7 2014
The city has declared a mandate to provide 2,500 affordable-housing units on city and “partner” land by 2021 through the new Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency.

Toronto Star July 4 2014
Mayoral candidate proposes incentives as part of a modest package of policies intended to reach a target of 15,000 new affordable units in 4 years.

July 5, 2014, Vancouver Sun
Report lays out ground rules and objectives for new arm’s-length housing body.

CBC Toronto, June 3, 2014
Developers are looking to take advantage of Toronto’s hidden backstreets by turning even former industrial buildings in laneways into livable spaces like the Lanehouse townhouse development on Barlett Avenue, near Dufferin and Bloor Streets.

CBC News, June 25, 2014
The Yukon government is backing out of its $13 million affordable rental housing program, due to the concerns of private sector developers.  Housing Minister Brad Cathers says developers have convinced him projects currently under construction in Whitehorse would be put at risk with the program. 

Calgary Herald (blog) , June 25, 2014
Adequate housing is easy to take for granted when you have it but can be an all-consuming source of stress, anxiety, shame, and embarrassment when you don’t. Our homes contribute to our sense of well-being, our self-confidence, our sense of security.

The Globe and Mail, June 12, 2014
“Rising house prices have worsened affordability disproportionately for renters, who tend to have lower incomes than homeowners,” the OECD says in a report that it released Wednesday about Canada. The proportion of pretax income over and above 30 per cent that households are spending on shelter is much higher for renters than for homeowners.

CBC Toronto, June 3, 2014
Developers are looking to take advantage of Toronto’s hidden backstreets by turning even former industrial buildings in laneways into livable spaces like the Lanehouse townhouse development on Barlett Avenue, near Dufferin and Bloor Streets.

INTERNATIONAL

BBC News, June 26, 2014
According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, UK house prices rose by almost 10% in the year to April, while those in London rose almost 19%.  Some argue these kinds of rises are simply unsustainable and make home ownership unaffordable for too many working people.

CHINA Beijing to start first lottery for affordable housing
China.org, June 20, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 
The problem is not just confined to New York City. HUD Secretary Shawn Donovan recently declared that the United States faces "the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known."

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