Tuesday, April 21, 2015

March 25 - April 21, 2015

Jane's Walk Winnipeg takes place May 2 - 3, 2015. It is your chance to explore dozens of Winnipeg neighbourhoods on free walks led by members of the community. For more details, check out the Jane's Walk Winnipeg website: http://janeswalk.org/canada/winnipeg/


MANITOBA

Slow progress on rooming houses
Winnipeg Free Press, April 21, 2015
Most of the city's rooming houses are in the Spence, West Broadway, Daniel McIntyre and St. Matthews neighbourhoods, staff said, but illegal (unlicensed) rooming houses for students are now cropping up near the University of Manitoba campus and becoming a community concern there.

Room for improvement on addressing issue
Winnipeg Free Press (Op Ed by Jovan Lottis) April 19, 2015
Action on these complex issues in Winnipeg's inner city is moving forward, but the pace of change is slow. 

City housing market filled with new listings
MetroNews, April 8, 2015
WinnipegREALTORS reported Wednesday new listings last month were up 33 per cent over last years numbers and existing inventory rose 29 per cent to 4,338.  Winnipeg’s real estate market hasn’t seen as many new March listings since 1995.

Homelessness in Winnipeg: Affordable housing crisis
mytobia.ca, April 2015
The dumps he refers to are inner-city residential hotels, where he would pay anywhere from $375 to $450 a month for little more than a lumpy bed in a windowless dungeon. Spartan as his digs were, however, he was at the mercy of his unforgiving landlords
**Note this is part of a seven part series. See the bottom of that article for links to the other six.

Homes to be built under poverty program
Brandon Sun, March 30, 2015
Two new homes will be built in Brandon’s East End as part of the Solutions to End Poverty Permanently program.


CANADA

Vancouver Want affordable housing Vancouver? Turn those hashtags into votes
MetroNews Vancouver, April 20, 2015
The campaign, which encourages social-media users to post their age, profession, and gender to raise awareness of unaffordability in the city could be the start of something significant.

Inside Toronto Community Housing's uphill battle
MetroNews, April 19, 2015
Decaying buildings, fetid apartments, towers on the verge of collapse. For many, these are the mental pictures that spring to mind when they hear the words “Toronto Community Housing Corporation.”

Victoria “Smart” Neighborhood Aims to Add More Affordable Housing
The Next City, April 16, 2015
Residents of Dockside Green, an award-winning mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood in Victoria, British Columbia, are seeking lower-income neighbors.

Infographic: BC Budget 2015 for Housing
Housing Hub, April 15, 2015

Using BC Housing Annual Reports and Service Plans (released alongside the budget), we put together an infographic that shows some recent and long-term trends in housing policy.

National House prices in Toronto, Vancouver hit record in March
MetroNews, April 14, 2015
House prices were up in eight of 11 of Canada's major housing markets in March over February and hit new records in the two biggest cities

Toronto Three paths to more mixed-income neighbourhoods
Toronto Star, April 11, 2015
Revitalized public housing, inclusionary policies and closing rent control loopholes could help Toronto keep and build economically diverse neighbourhoods.

Saskatoon exceeds attainable housing targets
CBC, April 9, 2015
The city is reporting another good year in its efforts to bring more affordable housing to Saskatoon. However, officials recognize the real estate market presents a challenge to many families.

Vancouver New fire hall to include social housing units
CBC, April 1, 2015
New Vancouver facility would include 31 units of low-income rentals for women-led families

Lessons from Toronto: Winnipeg’s Rooming House Challenge
Policy Fix, April 16, 2015
Winnipeg is by no means unique in its struggle to adequately address rooming house issues. Cities across Canada have been dealing with these same issues, some for decades.


INTERNATIONAL

USA When It Comes to Housing Affordability, Are Cities Like Seattle Doomed?
CityLab, April 22, 2015
At their annual gathering this week, America's urban planners confronted a growing crisis in the country's most expensive cities.

USA The U.S. Spends Far More on Homeowner Subsidies Than It Does on Affordable Housing
CityLab, April 17, 2015
Lower income households, which receive the smallest and most limited kinds of assistance, face the biggest housing burdens. By far the biggest subsidy continues to go to wealthy and middle class homeowners.

USA George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his land because ‘we’ve got enough millionaires’
Washington Post, April 17, 2015
The 224-unit affordable housing complex would go on Grady Ranch, where his once-planned studio expansion would have been, according to a plan being submitted to the Marin County Development Agency this week.

USA LEED-Certified Apartments Earn 9% Higher Rents
Sustainable Cities Collective, April 17, 2015
The result of particular importance comes from the simultaneous comparison of all three groups: LEED certified, SEE but non-certified, and non-SEE units.

USA Busting 3 Myths About Public Housing
The next City, April 16, 2015
 Public Housing Myths: Perception, Reality, and Social Policy attempts to break down assumptions further about America’s most maligned safety net program in 11 essays.

UK Major UK parties put housing at top of election agenda
Property Wire, April 14, 2015
 Housing has become one of the major issues in the UK’s forthcoming general election with all the major parties making pledges to attract voters.

UK Cameron Pins Election on Promise of Million New Homeowners
Bloomberg, April 14, 2015

USA The Many Failures of the New York City Housing Authority

UK We are witnessing the slow death of social housing
the guardian, April 1, 2015
Social housing rents are being increased to unaffordable levels to fund new homes. Housing associations should think again about complying.

USA Developers and Cities Are Navigating the Affordable Housing Sea in a Leaky Boat
The Next City, March 27, 2015
More and more cities are considering inclusionary zoning and other tools to navigate spiking markets.

UK Social housing needs to stop being squeezed into developments as we go along
The Independent, March 27, 2015
We need a big fix to a big problem – and one that offers more people a real hope of owning their own home one day.

USA The Barriers to Small Scale Infill Development
Streets.MN, March 11, 2015
Single lot development is important. It’s a small-scale process, meaning more local developers (rather than national, publicly-traded ones) can take part.

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