Tuesday, December 9, 2014

November 25 - December 9, 2014

PROFILE
Earlier this month, the house at 54 Maryland Street was torn down to make way for a condo project. Here's a look a the history and future of 54 Maryland.

REPORTS

Meeting the housing needs of Aboriginal people moving to Winnipeg 
CCPA, December 5, 2014 (see related media below) 

The State of Homelessness in Canada 2014
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub, December 2014

MANITOBA

Aboriginal People moving to Winnipeg find housing challenges
CBC Manitoba, December 9, 2014
These challenges come even though Winnipeg is home to Canada's largest aboriginal population, says the report, which documents the housing experiences of First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit people moving there. 

Affordable housing in divided city
Winnipeg Free Press, December 9, 2014
Winnipeg is home to Canada's largest aboriginal population. Aboriginal people, however, are among the most likely to experience homelessness and are also over-represented in housing that is unaffordable, overcrowded or in poor condition.

New development must fund affordable housing
CBC Manitoba, December 8, 2014
The suburb, known as Precinct E, is on the northwest edge of Winnipeg and may prevent low and middle-income families from accessing housing if developers have their way. As it stands, the suburb will deepen the city's infrastructure deficit and expand the city’s ecological footprint, too.

Mayor Brian Bowman, EPC endorse long-term homelessness strategy
MetroNews, December 4, 2014
The motion, which EPC passed on Wednesday, would see the city contribute $150,000 a year, “subject to annual budgetary approvals,” from 2015 to 2019 towards the strategy.

Tax incentives offered to spur rental construction 
CTV News, December 2, 2014
In order to qualify, buildings must be multi-family mixed-income rental housing with at least 10 per cent set aside as affordable housing.

Tax rebates for developers of apartments 
Winnipeg Free Press, December 3, 2014
Downtown projects eligible for benefit; 10 per cent of units must be 'affordable'

Campuses return to core
Winnipeg Free Press, December 2, 2014
Over the past 10 years, the U of W has exploded beyond its traditional block, growing by 30 per cent in area and 15 per cent in enrolment while establishing itself as a main driver of renewal in the inner city.

Manitoba's housing affordability improving
Winnipeg Free Press, November 27, 2014
"New listings in Manitoba showed a very strong year-over-year increase of 13 per cent in the third quarter, reaching their highest level since 1995," Craig Wright, RBC's senior vice-president and chief economist, said Wednesday. 

Flooding Leaves Canadian Indigenous Group Homeless
Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2014
For 3 Years Photographer Michelle Siu spent a year documenting the post-flood lives of Lake St. Martin First Nations evacuees 

CANADA

TCH head warns of 'unlivable' conditions without repairs
CBC Toronto, December 9, 2014
The head of Toronto Community Housing says it must spend $2.6 billion over the next decade to fix aging buildings that will otherwise become unlivable.

New measures, money to fight homelessness
Montreal Gazette, December 7, 2014
The $4.6 million in new funding will raise to $12.7 million the government’s total investment in fighting homelessness. In addition, the government will spend $42 million to build 500 units of social housing for people who would otherwise end up on the streets.

Housing co-ops call for new federal assistance 
Media Release, December 5, 2014
The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) repeated its urgent call for funding in the next federal budget to replace expiring rental assistance for low-income households in federally-funded housing co-ops.

Can a Housing First initiative work?
Rabble.ca, December 5, 2014
In recent years organizations around the world have begun to address homelessness in a new way, using a "Housing First" (HF) approach which argues that access to suitable housing is a basic human right and that housing is the first step to recovery for homeless individuals.

Should housing be a human right? Experts across Canada sound off 
MetroNews, December 4, 2014

Housing for all not a right, Ontario Court of Appeal rules
Toronto Star, December 1, 2014
But in her ruling for the majority, Justice Gladys Pardu said the case raises political, rather than legal, questions and “takes the court well beyond the limits of its institutional capacity.” 

With Friends Fleeing Unaffordability, Vancouver Architect Looks East for Solutions
 TheTyee, December 9, 2014
'Options from Homes' made homeownership possible for thousands in Ontario. Why hasn't it caught on here? 

INTERNATIONAL

USA Blame America’s housing woes on zoning laws
Al Jazeera, December 8, 2014
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development had a “How did they manage to screw that one up?” moment late last month. It misread its own map.

Global  Global Experiments in Affordable Homeownership
The Tyee, December 5, 2014
An architect's trek around the world serves as a brainstorm for Vancouver solutions.  By David P. Ball, 5 Dec 2014

USA Prospect, Colorado's Affordable Accessory Units
Build a Better Burb, December 6, 2014
Unlike much of the affordable housing found in other places that end up being segregated from the rest of the community, Prospect’s ADUs are perfectly blended within the town overall—and actually help contribute to the development’s success.

UK London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture' 
the Independent, November 21, 2014
Perry argued that artists were key when creating a culture within an area as they are "experimental humans…always willing to try things out".  However, he felt the rising house prices in London meant that young, aspiring artists could simply not afford to live there.

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