Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 6 - 25, 2015

ART AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING !

http://uniter.ca/view/fighting-homelessness-with-creativity
Winnipeg artist Michael Turner (A Moreau/ The Uniter)

Winnipeg artist fighting homelessness with creativity
The Uniter, March 18, 2015
Michael Turner might be homeless, but that’s not stopping him from making a name for himself in Winnipeg’s visual arts community.

Artist Ken Lum’s mini Vancouver Special critiques unaffordable city
February 22, 2015, Metro
Lum’s project critiques the lack of affordability and skyrocketing land values in a city that often receives accolades for being one of the world’s most livable.


MANITOBA


Wood expands possibilities
Winnipeg Free Press, March 23, 2015
One strategy provincial governments are looking at to help bridge this financial gap is reducing construction costs for multi-family housing by revising provincial building codes to allow an expanded use of less expensive wood-frame construction.

Church gets new life as affordable housing, community space
CTV News, March 6, 2015
 The West End Commons officially opened its doors to the public Friday. The space was formally the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in the city’s West End neighbourhood. 

A place of our own
Winnipeg Free Press, March 7, 2015
One of the big lures of the Baugruppe concept is customization; down to the precise amount of space they want and the projected price they can handle.

West End Commons opens with 26 affordable apartments

Winnipeg Sun, March 6, 2015

The $7.3-million project, funded by all three levels of government and St. Matthews Non Profit Housing Inc., also includes a 1,000-sq.-ft. inner atrium and 1,900-sq.-ft. worship space on the main level for St. Matthew's Anglican Church.

Women: The hidden homeless
Winnipeg Free Press, March 6, 2015
Locally at West Central Women’s Resource Centre (WCWRC), a safe hub for inner-city Winnipeg women, women’s rights and equality are worked towards daily. WCWRC’s Housing Options, Mentorship, and Economic Security (HOMES) program has assisted women with housing and income insecurity for over 10 years.

Home builders adapting to meet needs of an aging population
CTV News, March 2, 2015
In 2006, the Manitoba Housing and Renewable Corporation launched an initiative for 1,000 homes in the Bridgewater development area near Waverley West  be built as accessible or ‘VisitAble’.

CANADA

Vancouver homes prices will climb to $2.1 million by 2030: report
CBC News, March 25, 2015
Andy Broderick, Vancity's vice-president of community investment, says future homebuyers who want to stay in the Lower Mainland should lower their expectations of what they'll be able to afford to buy.

Do Canadian homes really cost that much more than 30 years ago?
Financial Post, March 24, 2015
Let’s try to compare apples to apples in 1985 Toronto versus today

Quebec sending mixed signals on affordable housing
The Concordian, March 24, 2015
Montreal seemed one step closer to creating widespread affordable housing when Mayor Denis Coderre introduced his action plan to combat homelessness in September 2014.

Housing market hints at changes with declines in key cities
The Globe and Mail, March 23, 2015
Buried in overall national real estate numbers that still look fine are multimonth price declines in cities such as Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Halifax.

Is Affordable Housing a Priority for Hamilton?
Raise the Hammer, March 19, 2015
The benefits of universal access to safe, affordable and appropriate housing remain clear to individuals, communities and the entire city.

Build Toronto fails to meet affordable housing targets
Global, March 19, 2015
In 2010, Build Toronto pledged to make enough land available to build 1,250 units of affordable housing. In the past five years, only 12 units of affordable housing have been completed, and 25 more are in the works. (Also see Global News story)

Learning from Toronto's Leslieville shelter
METRO, March 18, 2015
Gentrification can include marginalized people to

Canada’s rental unit landscape witnessing a resurgence
The Globe and Mail, March 15, 2015
There were nearly 24,000 rental units under construction across Canada in the second half of last year, up 52 per cent from a year earlier, according to commercial real estate brokerage CBRE Group Inc.

Ask the Hub: Supportive Housing
the Homeless Hub, March 13, 2015
What makes effective supportive housing, particularly for persons experiencing homelessness who have chronic mental and physical health issues?

INTERNATIONAL

USA Some Pick at Math in Housing Strategy 
The Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2015
Housing experts say mayor’s plan won’t work in cheaper areas without subsidies.

Singapore How It Fixed Its Affordable Housing Problem
CityLab, March 23, 2015
A 1965 newsreel looks back at a public-housing initiative led by late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew—one that continues to influence high levels of homeownership today.

UK Protesters try to force affordable housing up the election agenda
The Guardian, March 16, 2015
Tuesday's “Homes for Britain” event – the largest protest yet at successive governments' failure to address the shortage of affordable housing in the UK.

USA The Cities Where It Takes the Longest to Be Able to Afford to Buy a Home
Citylab.com, March 16, 2015
Maybe it’s time we ask ourselves a basic question: How many years of your working life do you want to devote to paying for your home? It depends on where you choose to live.

UK Housing crisis is a human disaster
The Guardian, March 14, 2015 
Rising house prices have been willed by public policy over decades. The fallout for families, communities and business has been severe.

UK Study: Affordable Housing Policy Increases Segregation in the Twin Cities
MinnPost.com, March 7, 2015,
A new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota identifies the consequences of Twin Cities affordable housing policy: deepening racial and economic segregation.

USA How 3 Cities Are Dancing With Rent Control
The Next City, March 6, 2015
Although criticized for creating artificial impacts on housing markets, arguments for and against curiously suffer from a lack of concrete data. In three cities, that might be changing soon.

Holland 3D-Printed Architecture could usher in a future of affordable cities
Next City. Org, December 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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