Monday, January 12, 2015

December 22 - January 11, 2015

BLOGS

The Worst Room is a blog about trying to find affordable housing in New York City and elsewhere. Some interesting reader submissions !

MANITOBA

Red Road Lodge to open housing for homeless
CTV News, January 7, 2015
 One of the programs based at Red Road Lodge is called the Warm Zone, where homeless people discharged from hospital will be able to stay inside for a while, instead of going back to the streets.

Despite cheaper homes in Winnipeg, mortgages still not affordable for many
CTV News, January 7, 2015 
According to the study, the average cost of buying a house in Winnipeg is $270,605. The only city cheaper is Halifax ($264,447).

Energy efficiency not cheap New code means building will be more expensive
Winnipeg Free Pres, December 29 2014
Until now, environmental sustainability has largely been a voluntary initiative, championed by idealistic designers and building owners. Adopting the energy code is a first step to establishing the principles of green building design as mandatory construction requirements.

When God is your developer
They Tyee, December 24, 2014
In 2009, what was historically Winnipeg's largest church -- built in 1913, rebuilt in 1944 after a fire -- was beset by leaks on all four corners, black mould, asbestos, and basement floors you could put your foot through in places.

CANADA

New homeless strategy could leave seniors out in the cold 
Burnaby Now, January 8, 2015
Brian Dodd, the interim executive director at Seniors Services Society, is worried seniors will be left on the streets for months before they qualify for help under the government’s new homelessness strategy.

Can Taller Buildings Make Toronto More Affordable?
The Next City, January 8, 2015
A two-story-high change in Ontario’s building code could help to increase density and ease affordable housing strains in the city of Toronto.

INTERNATIONAL

Infographic: Poverty, Poor Housing and Child Health
The Homeless Hub, January 07, 2015 
The health and well-being of people is strongly related to the housing conditions that they live in. The below infographic, created by Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness, illustrates the link between poor housing conditions and it’s affect on children’s health.

Time to Learn from Europe on Housing?
Rooflines, January 12, 2015

In Germany, Renters' Rights Trump Guest Bathrooms
CityLab, January 5, 2015
As the country follows France with hardline protections for lower-income renters, new laws prohibit some property upgrades. And for many Germans, that's just fine.

A U.K. Housing Policy Wishlist for 2015
The Guardian, December 30, 2014
With a renewed interest in urban issues, 2015 is a golden opportunity to fix some of the worst city problems. We asked our critics for their New Years wishlist

3D-Printed Architecture in Amsterdam Could Usher in a Future of Affordable Cities
The Next City, December 23, 2014
In Amsterdam, an international team of innovators is working on a solution to the housing crisis, and affordable housing advocates around the world are watching.

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