Tuesday, May 5, 2015

April 22 - May 5, 2015

http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/postcards/PC000970.html
Greenwood Place, Wolseley, ca. 1910 (Peel's Prairie Provinces)

REPORTS

Homeless Hub, York University, May 05, 2015
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and The Home Depot Canada Foundation are thrilled to launch two toolkits aimed at supporting communities working with homeless and at-risk youth.

Sourcable, May 5, 2015
The Australian Institute of Architects’ Affordable Housing Policy cites a number of other factors that contribute to unaffordable housing, including “lack of innovation in the building industry; lack of acceptance of low cost housing in the community; and lack of diversity of house type.”

Planetizen, May 4, 2015
My new report, Affordable Accessible Housing in a Dynamic City, provides 65 pages of detailed analysis concerning why and how to develop more affordable infill housing.


MANITOBA

Winnipeg on CMHC's high-risk list

Winnipeg Free Press-May 1, 2015
A local real estate official hotly disputes Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s assessment of Winnipeg as being one of the highest-risk housing markets in Canada.

Winnipeg real Estate News, April 30, 2015
Rumours abound about “slumlords,” as there are landlords who fail to meet the basic needs of their renters and are driven solely by profit. But landlords can also be your average pensioner or middle-income couple, and they have their own stories to share of bad tenants who have caused them financial strain and emotional distress.

Pumping up the Gas Station
Winnipeg Free Press, April 28, 2015
In partnership with the Performing Arts Lodge, McDonald Youth Services and Old Grace Housing Co-op, it is hoped the building, whose bold design is by Cohlmeyer Architects, will include 31 units of affordable housing.. Lakeview Realty of Canada are the developers of the non-profit project.

Winnipeg's Red Road Lodge: A homegrown solution to homelessness
CBC News, April 29, 2015
 Delegates to a national conference on homelessness in Winnipeg will tour the Red Road Lodge, a once-notorious Main Street hotel that's been converted into transitional housing.

Regina, Winnipeg markets at risk: CMHC 
Canadian Press, April 30, 2015
Regina and Winnipeg are at high risk of a housing correction due to overvalued home prices and a glut of supply, according to a new report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.


CANADA

April house sales surge 17% in Toronto, 37% in Vancouver
CBC News, May 05, 2015 
Huge demand for homes and tight supply make for a seller's market in both cities.

Social Housing To Have Separate Entrance To Vancouver High-rise 
Huffington Post Canada, May 5, 2015
A newly proposed building in Vancouver's West End neighbourhood is getting some attention because of its segregated entrances for condo residents, and those living in social housing units.

Saskatoon's homeless, struggling find services at trade show
CBC News, May 4, 2015
YXE Connects is a trade show with a difference, a free service fair for the city's struggling and homeless.


Shipping container housing being rolled out across Canada
Canadian Press, May 3, 2015
Now shipping containers are being repurposed into stylish homes that developers plan to roll out in housing-crunched communities across Canada.

Vancouver Sun, May 4, 2015
The city of Vancouver, meanwhile, has announced plans to create a database of empty houses and condos to determine how much vacant properties contribute to the city’s affordability crisis.

Housing waiting lists swell to more than 168000 households
Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, News release, May 4, 2015
The latest figures reveal that there were 3,642 more households waiting for RGI housing in 2014 than in 2013. More than three per cent of all Ontario households have applied for housing. For the second year in a row, these households faced an average wait of nearly four years. 

rabble.ca, April 30, 2015
It's something that should be a topic of conversation in the Alberta election: while much work has been done in the past, the waiting list for accessible homes continues to grow.
It’s coming at a time when demand for subsidized housing is high and existing units are aging.Capital Region Housing has a waiting list of 2,100 families. It has a deferred maintenance bill of $100 million.

CBC News, April 27, 2015
Toronto Mayor John Tory stood in front of an unused plot of land in downtown Toronto on Monday to make the point there's been a lack of action on affordable housing.

CBC News, April 24, 2015
Hamilton's North End and Keith community leaders to discuss strategies Friday morning. 


INTERNATIONAL

Huffington Post UK
There is enormous disagreement among the two major political parties about how to actually go about building houses and how to tackle the related issues. Let us give just two examples.

economia, May 5, 2015
Crosby called on politicians across the political spectrum to develop an apolitical long-term housing strategy. Wide-spread reforms – including unlocking public sector land banks, boosting small and self builders, and devolution of building power to towns and cities – are needed to solve the burgeoning crisis.

Planetizen, May 2, 2015MissingMiddleHousing.com will be a valuable resource for architects, planners, developers, elected officials, advocates, and community members—anyone working to build more great places for Americans,” says Lynn Richards, president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

The Guardian, April 30, 2015
 It’s the shocking statistic that sums up the housing crisis. And there are a couple of culprits for this mess – including ourselves 

CityLab.com, August 30,2015
Regular old home buyers are having a hard time finding places they can afford. Are investors to blame?

The Guardian, April 29, 2015
Anglicare report found a single parent has only 165 housing options across the country out of 65,614 properties available online

City Lab, April 24, 2015
By a vote split (nearly) down the party line, the Oregon House passed a bill to end state restrictions on inclusionary zoning. Municipalities may soon be able to require below-market pricing.

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