Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 12 - 22, 2015

The 116 year-old Vendome Hotel is one of the few SRO Hotels left in Winnipeg's downtown area. Here is a look back at its history.


Come and knock on our door
Winnipeg Free Press, January 17, 2015
Century-old church revamped into community-oriented housing.

Winnipeg's housing market to remain flat in 2015: survey 
Winnipeg Sun, January 14, 2015
Winnipeg's housing market in 2015 is going to look a lot like it did in 2014: flat. That's according to Royal LePage.

Despite cheaper homes in Winnipeg, mortgages still not affordable for many: economics expert 
CTV News, January 7, 2015
A new study by found Winnipeg to be one of the cheapest housing markets in Canada.  According to the study, the average cost of buying a house in Winnipeg is $270,605. The only city cheaper is Halifax ($264,447), while Vancouver is the most expensive at $819,336. 


Sask. government to overhaul subsidized housing programs
CBC News, January 22, 2015
The government says there are about 2,700 affordable housing units in cities across Saskatchewan. Of those, about half the tenants would pay a lower rent in social housing than they do under the affordable housing program. The other tenants will face rent increases.

Only Hong Kong has less affordable housing than Vancouver, study finds
The Globe and Mail, January 20, 2015
“Given how high house prices are relative to household incomes, you’d only have to see a moderate increase in mortgage rates to have a really huge hit to affordability,” said David Madani, Canada economist at Capital Economics.

Toronto must finally get public housing right: Editorial 
Toronto Star (Op Ed - Art Eggleton), January 18, 2015
Canada’s biggest landlord, operating about 58,000 residential units in more than 2,100 buildings, is burdened by a monstrous repair backlog, torturous waiting lists and a sordid history of administrative abuses.

GTA housing affordability falling; ‘we’re not far behind New York’
Toronto Star, January 19, 2015
Ontario’s “laudable” push to higher density housing has gone too far, says a new report, driving unprecedented construction of condo units typically tailored for shorter-term living.” 

Mayor wants independent task force to look at real solutions for the ongoing community housing crisis. 
Toronto Star, January 16, 2015
Does it mean splitting up Toronto Community Housing Corporation? 

Demand for affordable housing in Toronto continues to grow 
APTN, January 15, 2015
New numbers are out saying the cost of housing in Toronto is rising – steeply.  That’s not good news for the poor who already feel the pinch when it comes to finding affordable housing. 

How to raise awareness about hidden homelessness
Homeless Hub, January 16, 2015
How do we get the message out that it really does exist even though we don't see people sleeping on park benches?

Selling Vancouver social housing buildings a 'big mistake': MLA
MetroNews Canada, January 15, 2015
Last year, BC Housing put out a request for expressions of interest (REOI) on Nicholson Towers in the West End and Stamps Place in Strathcona with the intention of selling off nearly 600 units of subsidized housing to a non-profit housing provider.


Global: More Critique of Demographia's International Housing Affordability Survey
Planetizen (blog), January 22, 2015
I criticized past editions of this survey in previous Planetizen columns. The new edition is no better. I hope that everybody using the survey's results is aware of these problems. Let me describe some of them.

U.K.: 8 Short Films About London's Crazy Housing Market
CityLab, January 22, 2014
A filmmaking contest reveals the complexities of life in one of the world's most expensive cities.

U.S.A.: Does Airbnb help or hurt affordable housing?
Associated Press, January 21, 2015
In NYC, the debate over Airbnb rages on. Some believe the property rental site helps the affordable housing market, while others offer tales of misplaced strangers.

U.S.A.: Detroit Tops List of World’s Most Affordable Housing Markets 
NMP Magazine, January 21, 2015
The Detroit metropolitan area was named as the year’s most affordable housing market, according to the 11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.

Egypt: Fighting a Housing Crisis, Egypt Builds Towers in the Desert 
CityLab, January 21, 2015
A photographer captures these monumental dwellings in all their surreal detail.

U.S.A.: NYC Mayor has reached 8.6% of affordable-housing goal
Crain's New York Business, January 15, 2015
The city preserved 11,185 affordable apartments and financed the creation of 6,191 new ones in 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference in Brooklyn Thursday.

U.S.A.: Abel: In city of empty houses, homeless haunt the streets, January 2, 2015
 The City of Baltimore estimates that 2,638 persons are homeless here on any given night and that 30,000 find themselves with nowhere to live for at least a part of the year. So the question is asked around town: Why not close the circle and invite the dispossessed to move into the empty houses of Lanvale Street and beyond?

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