Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February 18 - March 3, 2015


The Urban Land Institute (U.S.) has launched "How Housing Matters", a new online database that aggregates information that links the location, affordability, and stability of a community's housing to effects on education, health, and the economy.  Fore more information. For the How Housing Matters website.


Housing affordability in Manitoba improving: report
March 3, 2015, Winipeg Free Press
Owning a home is becoming increasingly more affordable in Manitoba as an abundant supply of resale homes continues to push down prices, according to a new Royal Bank report.

More provincial funding needed for HOP to continue its West End revitalization 
Winnipeg Real Estate News, February 26, 2015
The WinnipegREALTORS®-established Housing Opportunity Partnership, or HOP, needs more funding to continue its mission to “commit to responsible community revitalization through strengthening homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income buyers.

Owning in Winnipeg Affordable
Winnipeg Free Press, February 19, 2015
BMO said Wednesday Winnipeg is tied with Saskatoon as the third most affordable city in which to buy an existing home, with the average price in the final quarter of 2014 only 3.3 times the median family income.


Calgary: Resolve campaign helping those in need of affordable housing
Calgary Herald, February 28, 2015
People like Patrick will find more places to call home in the future thanks to an ambitious local capital campaign called Resolve, which is raising money to provide new affordable housing in the city for the current homeless population.

Edmonton: Ambrose Place in McCauley gives homeless hope
CBC Edmonton, Febraury 26, 2015
The building has affordable housing units on top, along with supportive housing on the second and third floors for people who are still dealing with addictions or are recently sober.  Cunningham says that kind of set-up is rare.

Vancouver: Inside Woodward's, a Still-Contentious Social Housing Experiment
The Tyee, February 25, 2015
The late Jim Green's legacy project in Vancouver continues to generate buzz. Last in a series.

Vancouver: At Four Sisters Co-op, an Affordable Housing Dream Realized
The Tyee, February 25, 2015 
But can the late Jim Green's project survive rising rents?

National: In many Canadian cities, unsold condos are stacking up
Globe and Mail, February 23, 2015
Winnipeg, Montreal and Moncton are grappling with a surplus of unsold condo units driven by a surge in new construction and a dwindling supply of first-time buyers in the wake of Ottawa’s decision in June, 2012, to limit mortgage insurance to amortization periods of 25 years or less from 30 years.


USA: Children’s Problems at Home and School Reflect Housing Quality
How Housing Matters, February 15, 2015
Creating and sustaining healthy homes for children and families is a key public health issue with ripple effects on schools.

France: Housing policies are creating vast numbers of empty cities
City Metric, March 3, 2015
Both the Socialist Party and the centre right UMP argue that France needs to build at least 500,000 new homes every year. But this commitment to housebuilding has created a whole new problem. By encouraging the housing sector to build across the entire country, the government is creating vast numbers of empty cities.

UK: David Cameron aims to woo voters with plan for 200,000 discounted homes
The Guardian, March 2, 2015
Tories to double size of already announced scheme but party chairman fails to explain how price cut would be funded.

UK: A new look for Parliament
Generation Rent, March 02, 2015
Here's an idea that will save taxpayers money, help build houses in London and give a disadvantaged northern economy a welcome boost.  Move Parliament to Hull and convert the empty buildings into flats.

USA Understanding New York City’s Rent Affordability Problem
Street Easy, March 1, 2015
The median asking rent in New York City is expected to reach $2,700 in 2015, amounting to a staggering 58.4 percent of median income in the city according to StreetEasy estimates.

USA: It’s Time to Bring Back the SRO
The Next City, June 3, 2013
The story of single room occupancy is, in essence, a story about the complex relationship U.S. cities have with their poorest and most transient residents.

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