Monday, July 27, 2015

July 15 - 27, 2015


MANITOBA

Construction underway on affordable, assisted living complex in Steinbach
Steinbach Online, July 24, 2015
Construction has begun on Bridgepark Manor Phase II, a new three-storey, 50-unit affordable assisted living project to support and enhance an independent, healthy lifestyle for seniors in Steinbach and the central region. 

Makeover of notorious Merchants Hotel set to begin in Winnipeg
Globalnews.ca, July 21, 2015
What was once one of the most popular beer vendors in the  province will be turned into several classrooms, and the second and third floors that once housed more than two dozen rooms will be turned into affordable living units.

Comprehensive approach needed to combat poverty 
Increasing shelter benefits has long been a community priority, and Budget 2015's record investment gives the most vulnerable Manitobans more of the support they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.

CANADA

Vancouver Mayor: City Is 'At a Breaking Point'
The Tyee, July 27, 2015
Urgent action needed to cool housing market, but Gregor Robertson says he needs help. Last in a series.

Thunder Bay shelter use grows, as affordable housing list shrinks

CBC News, July 27, 2015
Board CAO Bill Bradica said there are currently about 950 people looking for affordable housing. That number was almost double just two years ago.

Halifax council cool on assuming affordable housing responsibility
CBC News, July 24, 205
Councillor Jennifer Watts thinks the idea of community land trusts should be considered as a way for Halifax to encourage the development of affordable housing.  But not all of her colleagues are on board.

Record levels of home building in Canada raises new red flags
The Globe and Mail, July 23, 2015

Investment needed for women’s shelters and independent housing across the province, report suggests
Edmonton Journal, July 23, 2015
A newly released report by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters says the lack of investment in shelters has turned the process of receiving aid into a “vicious cycle.”

Fix Toronto community housing apartments or set the tenants free
National Post.com, July 21, 2015
Chris Selley: If we can’t give people safe, clean and functional homes to go with their subsidized rent, how can we justify effectively trapping them in those homes?

How to Cool Vancouver's Home Price Fever
The Tyee, July 20, 2015
Hot, Hazy, Out of Control: Can We Cool Vancouver's Sizzling Housing Market?

INTERNATIONAL

How to make Los Angeles more affordable and more livable
The Los Angeles Times (Op Ed), July 24, 2015
There is no easy answer for the housing affordability crisis in Los Angeles. But embracing growth rather than fighting it can create a city for everyone, not just the most fortunate among us.  

Respect the Renter
StrongTowns.org, July 21, 2015 
Over the last decade, the percentage of renters in America has fluctuated between 33 and 36%. Yet, in spite of the fact that ⅓ of all Americans are renting their housing, there seems to be a notion in many neighborhoods and towns that owners are the main people who matter and the only ones who are going to be valuable members of their communities.

The Five-Step Plan to Build 50,000 Affordable Housing Units
National Journal.com, July 20, 2015
Seattle mayor proposes untested ideas and best practices that might make all the difference in its housing shortfall.

How cheaper housing can boost productivity
The Economist, Jul 19th 2015
Governments across the world, from Australia to New Zealand to Britain, are starting to argue that tackling another big problem—bubbly housing markets—may give productivity a boost. Are they right?

A Different Way to Fix California's Affordable Housing Crisis
UrbDeZine, July 15, 2015
To fix California’s housing crisis, a statewide mandate is needed that requires 20 percent of all new housing, rental units, and those for sale be set aside for low-income families, according to affordable housing developer Murtaza H. Baxamusa.

Big City Dreaming: The Sometimes Mixed Results of Mixed Use
UrbanLand, July 15, 2015
ULI Foundation Governor and developer John McNellis argues that mandating mixed use is not the best way to incentivize development.

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