Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 23 - 31, 2015

Winnipeg Free Press, September 29, 1906

After Elmwood voted to join Winnipeg in 1906, new transportation connections, including what would become the Redwood Bridge, were needed. This 1906 ad shows that developers wasted little time planning out suburbs such as Glenwood Crescent. It would take another 2.5 years before the bridge opened and longer for the city to provide necessary services like graded streets, water and sewer to the area.

MANITOBA

Manitoba aboriginal homeownership program to lose funding
CBC Manitoba, January 30, 2015
Manitoba Tipi Mitawa on last 126K of cash from province earmarked for mortgage down payments.

Grinding poverty faced by Manitoba First Nations worst in country: Aboriginal Affairs documents
APTN News, January 29, 2015
“The housing backlog, overcrowding issues, mould and inadequate condition of many of the on-reserve housing units remains a significant First Nation concern,” the update said. “Key challenges continue to include affordability, low income and high social assistance rates."

CANADA

Home ownership: Out of reach for millennials?
Ottawa Citizen, January 30, 2015
Millennials have long been a building block of the housing sector, helping spur development by buying new homes or buying resale properties and thereby allowing sellers of those properties to trade up or down.

Yaffe: Vancouver’s high housing costs mean less cash on hand to pay more taxes
Vancouver Sun, January 28, 2015
Due to crushing housing costs, we have far less discretionary income than other Canadians.

What's so smart about unaffordable housing?
The Globe and Mail, January 26, 2015
Of all the lofty attributes Canada’s world-class cities have touted in recent years, making a home unaffordable for average folks is perhaps the least enviable.

Study finds majority of homeless adults with mental illness have high rates of cognitive deficits
HealthCanal, January 26, 2015
The study–believed to be the largest of its kind –assessed neurocognitive functioning indicators such as mental processing speed, verbal learning and memory in 1,500 homeless adults in five Canadian cities.

Cubitat unveiled in Toronto shrinks a whole house into a 10-foot prefab box
Financial Post, January 30, 2015
Unveiled at this year’s Interior Design Show in Toronto, the Cubitat is quite possibly the most versatile and useful 10′ x 10′ x 10′ piece of furniture ever. It’s a prefab cube outfitted with all the conveniences of a living space in a tiny package.

INTERNATIONAL

UK: Thousands gather in London to protest against lack of affordable housing
The Guardian, January 31, 2015
The March for Homes brings together campaigners, tenants and trade unionists to demand building of council homes and curbing of private rents

USA: Long Lines, and Odds, for New York's Subsidized Housing Lotteries
The New York Times, January 29, 2015
As the city tries to address a housing crisis, many New Yorkers are becoming all too familiar with the lotteries used to dole out apartments that poor and working-class residents can afford. 

USA: Rural America's Silent Housing Crisis
the Atlantic, January 28, 2015
Accounting for only 20 percent of the population, residents of more isolated areas struggle to find a safe, affordable place to live—and to make anyone else care.

UK: London’s affordable-homes crisis amounts to an abuse of human rights
the Independent, January 26, 2014
When rents are so high that you have to share a bed with a stranger, surely the revolution can’t be far off.

USA: California Adopts Guidelines for Cap-and-Trade Affordable Housing Program
LA.Streetsblog, January 21, 2015
The AHSC program will allocate money to two types of projects: Transit Oriented Development and Integrated Connectivity Projects.

USA: Using accessory dwelling units to bolster affordable housing 
Strong Towns blog, December 12, 2014 by Michael Ryan
Creating affordable rental housing in a community is often a long and arduous process. One strategy cities can use to combat this is allowing the creation of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) through amended zoning codes.

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