Monday, August 11, 2014

August 1 - 11, 2014

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Deer Lodge Subdivision, May 20, 1911, Winnipeg Tribune

MANITOBA

Housing Starts Down in Winnipeg
Winnipeg Free Press, August 11, 2014
The multi-family side of the new-homes market accounted for all of the decline. CMHC said starts there were down 23 per cent to 402 units from 525 in July 2013. 

Feds need to maintain support for housing co-ops
Winnipeg Sun, August 8, 2014 (Op Ed)
Why should we care? Affordable housing saves taxpayers' money in health, social services, and the justice system.

Housing as essential as health care
Winnipeg Sun, August 5, 2014 (OpEd)
Although we talk about affordable housing being crucial in changing the lives of those coping with poverty, it’s important to distinguish between affordable and rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing.

Hundreds' of maggots infest woman's Manitoba Housing
CBC Manitoba,  August 4, 2014
That was the scene Chantelle Koley encountered upon entering her Manitoba Housing unit located in Transcona recently. "I was shocked,” said Koley.

Applications sought for homelessness partnering strategy projects
Westman Journal, July 31, 2014 
The Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (BNRC), in partnership with the Brandon Community Advisory Board for Homelessness, recently announced that it is seeking applicants for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) to meet the needs of chronically and episodically homeless people living in Brandon.

CANADA

What will the house of the future be like? 
Treehugger blog, August 8, 2014
There's an interesting design competition happening in Ontario, Canada right now, called House 2020: Student Ideas Competition for a Smart House of the Future.

Ontario's affordable housing gets $801-million pledge
Toronto Star, August 11, 2014
Joint government funding extends an existing agreement to assist in building and renovating affordable housing.

The end of neighbours
Maclean's, August 8, 2014
How our increasingly closed-off lives are poisoning our politics and endangering our health

Money Spent on Homelessness Research Is Better Spent Housing
Huffington Post Canada, August 5, 2014
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is very proud of their $110 million research project on homelessness called At Home/Chez Nous.

Understanding the intersection of youth homelessness, law enforcement and community housing
Homeless Hub, Op Ed, August 5, 2014
For me, this past year has been a chance to start to strategically pull together the various threads of my research in support of changes to the way we work with young people who are systems-involved and who get described as “at-risk” (of homelessness, school failure, involvement in the drug and sex trades, drug mis-use, and so forth).

Seven Tough Questions for Housing First
Homeless Hub (OpEd), July 31, 2014
 Housing First has now been lauded far and wide as the most effective solution to homelessness in developed nations. However, there are a number of tough questions that have been raised in this model that I would like to address in this post.

Regent Park's new park destined for success: Hume 
June 23, 2014, Toronto Star
Opening of new multi-use facility reveals it to be a practical, flexible space for daily use by complex urban community.

INTERNATIONAL

USA (N. Dakota) A boom in rental rates
Praririe Business, August 4, 2014
Williston, N.D., her hometown, where she grew up helping her dad on the farm, has become the most expensive place to rent in the United States.

USA Many Renters Could Afford Mortgages, But Can't Afford Homes
CityLab, August 5, 2014
Bridging the gap between young renters and first-time home buyers is a challenge made more difficult by corporations paying for homes in cash.

AUSTRALIA Govt urged to make housing ‘priority policy issue’
The Adviser, August 1, 2014
It forecast that Australia would have a national housing shortage of 375,000 dwellings by 2015 - up from 100,000 in 2006 - which in turn would put pressure on prices.

USA Affordable Housing Draws Middle Class to Inland Cities
The New York Times, August 3, 2014
Americans have never hesitated to pack up the U-Haul in search of the big time, a better job or just warmer weather. But these days, domestic migrants are increasingly driven by the quest for cheaper housing.

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