Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 10 - 21, 2014

HOUSE HISTORIES
http://winnipegdowntownplaces.blogspot.ca/2014/12/54-maryland-street.html
The house at 54 Maryland Street at Wolseley has been torn down to make way for a condo project. Here's a look back at who lived there and what is to come.

REPORTS 
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/state-inner-city-report-2014#sthash.Ea5GUnql.dpuf
CCPA State of the Inner City Report 2014: The State of the Inner City Report is an annual research collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba and community organizations based in the inner city of Winnipeg.

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- A decade of research yields more recommendations for Winnipeg's Inner City (Metro)

MANITOBA

Vacancy rate for city apartments at 2.5%
Winnipeg Free Press, December 17, 2014
Winnipeg's apartment vacancy rate has plateaued at a 15-year high of 2.5 per cent, according to the latest rental market survey by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

Governments Celebrate Grand Opening Of New Housing Facility In Brandon
Government of Manitoba (news release) , December 12, 2014

Along with Westman Youth for Christ and the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation celebrate the grand opening of a new transitional housing facility.

City housing prices expected to remain flat
Winnipeg Free Press, December 11, 2014
A nearly 20-year string of year-over-year house-price increases in Winnipeg will likely come to an end in 2015, according to the latest forecast from Re/Max Canada.

CANADA

WHITEHORSE Low income workers need affordable housing: chambers of commerce
CBC News, December 17, 2014
In the letter, they cite Yukon Bureau of Statistics numbers that the vacancy rate for apartments under $1,000 is less than 2.3 per cent, "far below" the 7.1 per cent the government cites.

CALGARY Wait list for affordable housing in Calgary Grows 
Calgary Herald, December 14, 2014 
More than 3,600 people are on the Calgary Housing Company’s growing wait list for subsidized and affordable housing units — the largest number of Calgarians waiting for a home since March 2012.

OTTAWA $3 million freed up for necessary repairs at Ottawa Community Housing
CFRA December 11, 2014
The City has also changed the definition of affordable housing from rent that is less than 30 per cent of a person or family's income to rent that is at or below the average cost of rent for similar properties in Ottawa, as set by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. 

CALGARY WestJet adds voice to affordable housing issue
Global News, December 12, 2014
Some Calgary-based corporations are also speaking out about the lack of affordable housing, echoing the Calgary Chamber’s sentiments. WestJet Airlines says the cost of housing is becoming a deterrent when it comes to attracting new employees to the city.

VANCOUVER Stronger tools needed to fix affordable housing “crisis”
University of British Columbia (News Release), December 11, 2014
An incentive given to developers by the City of Vancouver is not enough to solve the affordable housing crisis, says UBC researchers.

CALGARY Wildwood residents push back against housing complex
CTV News, December 11, 2014
Residents of the southwest Calgary community of Wildwood do not want any part of an affordable housing project in their neighbourhood.

NATIONAL How does homelessness affect senior women?
Homeless Hub, December 05, 2014
Due to the complex nature of homelessness—and our inability to count everyone experiencing it—the statistics vary on how many senior women are homeless.

ONTARIO Six-storey wood buildings ‘a game-changer’ 
Globe and Mail, December 1, 2014
From the outside, the four-storey apartment building clad in brick and vinyl looks like any other new mid-rise residential structure. What sets it apart – and signals a coming trend – is hidden from view: The building is framed in wood, not concrete or steel.

TORONTO The Canadian doctor who prescribes income to treat poverty
November 24,  2014 NetNews Ledger
To support Bloch’s work, the CMA’s conversations and advocacy about the tool are heightening awareness among Canadian physicians that they need to address these risk factors.

INTERNATIONAL 

USA Transit-Oriented Development Increases Value and Affordability
TOD Index, December 20, 2014
The new TOD Index provides solid information on Transit-Oriented Development impact and benefits. It indicates that home values near rail stations outperform the national market, yet they are also more affordable for residents. 

FRANCE Paris Wants to Keep Central Neighborhoods From Becoming 'Ghettos for the Rich'
CityLab December 19, 2014
The French capital has announced a plan to stop housing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. It might be the most radical proposal Europe has seen.

USA Boston's first 'Housing Innovation Lab' gets $1.35 million
BETA Boston, December 15, 2014
In Boston, the grant will assist Mayor Martin Walsh’s plan to increase available affordable housing in Greater Boston. The Boston2030 plan, announced in October, seeks to expand Boston housing to accommodate 53,000 new housing units for senior citizens and working people in the city.

USA Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?
The Next City, December 11, 2014
With a nod to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plans, New York City’s Department of City Planning is inventing a “new neighborhood” to take what it thinks is a promising section of the Bronx from parking lots to high-rises.

UK The Economics of Britain's Public-Housing Criminal Underworld 
VICE, December 11, 2014 (**Coarse language warning)
Britain's council estates have gone from being homes for war heroes and the dignified poor into a giant safe house for organized crime.

USA Manufactured Housing: Underutilized and Misunderstood
Rooflines, December 9, 2014
What will it take for manufactured housing, the principal source of unsubsidized, affordable homes in the United States, to reach its potential?

USA The City Where Real Estate Developers and Housing Activists Agree to Agree
The Next City, November 3, 2014
In a small city outside Boston, a new model for equitable development is being tested.

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