Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February 1 - 10, 2015

MANITOBA

Marie Rose Place provides home to women, children in downtown Winnipeg
Metro News, February 6, 2015
A new affordable downtown housing unit aimed at immigrant and refugee women was officially unveiled Friday.

There's no place like home
Winnipeg Free Press, February 9, 2015
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) said there were 420 new single- and multi-family starts recorded in the Winnipeg Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), which includes Winnipeg and 10 neighbouring municipalities. That's a 174.5 per cent increase from January 2013's total of 153 units.

Dispute has immigrant housing delayed 
Winnipeg Free Press, February 4, 2015
The project was originally estimated to cost $14.7 million, funded jointly between the federal and provincial governments. The former general contractor, M & L General Contracting Ltd., sued the province for more than $6 million shortly after it was locked out of the worksite.

CANADA

Tory meets with developers with aim to solve affordable housing
The Globe and Mail, Feb 10, 2015
Toronto Mayor John Tory met privately with developers this week, challenging them to help solve the city's affordable housing problem.

Quebec's affordable housing funding loss worries tenants' advocates
CBC news, February 9, 2015
There are more than 53,000 Montrealers waiting for social housing; most of them will wait an average of four years before they get a spot. But instead of committing to more affordable housing, the Quebec government is pulling back.

Legion says it has helped almost a thousand homeless veterans
Ottawa Citizen, February 9, 2015 
Almost a thousand homeless and near homeless Veterans have been helped by The Royal Canadian Legion through its “Leave the Streets Behind” program the organization noted in a press release.

Medicine Hat will end chronic homelessness this year, officials predict
CBC News, February 6, 2015
Housing strategy has placed 848 people in homes in last 5 years.

Alberta leading the way in reducing youth homelessness
Calgary Herald, February 6, 2015 
The “specialized action plan,” described by the government as the only one of its kind in Canada, aims to reduce youth homelessness across the province.

Responsibility for Housing 
Housing Hub, February 05, 2015 
Why should government play a role in creating affordable housing? Which level of government is responsible? With those questions as a backdrop, here are 10 things one needs to know. 

Vancouver hotel to be turned into international student housing
The Globe and Mail, Febraury 3, 2015
The CIBT Education Group announced this week that it had invested $37-million to buy and convert the 17-storey Viva Suites hotel into a 230-bed building, charging international students market rents in downtown Vancouver.

Canada's big city mayors ready to push urban agenda
The Globe and Mail, February 1, 2015
The leaders of the country’s 22 largest municipalities gather in Toronto this week in a bid to lay out their priorities and frame the political debate ahead of the upcoming federal budget and election.

Affordable Housing Ideas for Vancouver by Michael Geller
Vancity Buzz, January 30, 2015 V
Vancouver will always be an expensive place to live. However, with innovative planning and financing ideas, we can create more affordable.

INTERNATIONAL

UK Developers condemn housing policy that risks wrecking social mix in London
The Guardian, February 2, 2015
Warning that affordable housing contributions exemption is ‘deeply flawed’ comes from firms that stand to benefit

USA Salt Lake City Launches '5,000 Doors' Initiative for Affordable Housing 
The Next City, February 10, 2015
In order to ease the housing cost burden, Mayor Ralph Becker announced last week the 5,000 Doors Initiative — a five-year plan for the creation or preservation of 5,000 affordable housing units across the city. The initiative seeks to make 2,500 of the units available to low-income renters and 2,500 units for homebuyers.

UK 6 planning loopholes which screw over affordable housing
CityMetric, Febraury 10, 2015
 What we've been left with are the affordable housing targets set in the 2008-9 London Plan, and then divided up over 32 boroughs. So did we hit those?  Not even close. 

USA 3 Cities Make Affordable Housing Plays to Hold on to Artists
The Next City,  February 6, 2015
 When the root causes of gentrification are being discussed, artists and arts groups often get caught in the cross fire. But while the arrival of sculptors, mixed-media painters and the like may foreshadow rising rents, there are many artists who struggle to afford city life.

USA Some See Risk in de Blasio’s Bid to Add Housing
The New York Times, February 3, 2014
It has also raised legitimate questions, housing activists say, about whether the city can build without further gentrifying large areas.

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