Tuesday, July 14, 2015

June 25 - July 14, 2015


In April 1936 Reverend James W. Clarke of Knox Church addressed the Local Council of Women about the deplorable housing conditions many Winnipeggers are forced to live in. His church recently conducted a housing survey of two districts. In “District 2”, Notre Dame Avenue north to the CPR tracks, they found an average of 3.3 families living in each house and 96 families occupying attics.(Source: Winnipeg Tribune, April 24, 1936)


House price increases in Winnipeg below national average
Winnipeg Free Press, July 13, 2015
According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released this morning prices for detached bungalows and standard two-storey homes in Winnipeg were up 1.8 per cent to $316,732 and 1.4 per cent to $340,866, respectively. The average price of a standard condominium experienced a slight year-over-year decline, falling 1.5 per cent to $205,969. (The comparisons are between average prices during the second quarter of 2015 and the same period in 2014.)

Modest growth in housing market — except condos
Winnipeg Sun, July 14, 2015
A new housing report has concluded what other recent ones have previously concluded: Winnipeg's housing market is seeing mixed results. 

Where is the fairness?
Winnipeg Real Estate News, July 10, 2015
The land transfer tax in the 1987 provincial budget was allegedly implemented to bring fairness to the housing market. But did it?

Affordable housing project plans back on track
Brandon Sun, July 8, 2015
Plans for a multimillion-dollar housing project are finally taking shape in downtown Brandon after several years of delay.  A partnership between Westman Kiwanis Court Inc. and Manitoba Housing will see a seven-storey, 38-unit rental complex developed for low-income tenants at the corner of Third Street and Rosser Avenue.

Concordia Village IV Now Open
The Herald, July 6, 2015
A new 45-unit apartment complex for adults and families with mental health needs was officially opened in northeast Winnipeg on June 26.  The new apartment building, Concordia Village IV, is located within the Concordia Village campus at the corner of Molson Street and Kimberley Avenue.

Construction Underway for New Seniors Complex in MacGregor
Government of Manitoba, July 3, 2015
Construction has started on Victoria Place, a new 16-unit assisted living housing complex. The two-storey, 19,000-square-foot building is located at 66 Victoria Street. It will include 12 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units, and will be fully accessible for residents with mobility issues.

New U of W complex three floors high and rising
The Metro (Canstar), June 29, 2015
The previously announced 14-storey apartment complex for Colony Street is rising out of the ground and sitting three levels high.    The UWinnipeg Commons development project is a $30-million undertaking located at 320 Colony St., directly across the street from the Winnipeg Art Gallery.


Big money for capital repairs in Toronto housing report 
Toronto Star, July 14, 2015
Tenants of Toronto’s troubled social-housing provider will get their first glimpse Wednesday of plans to overhaul the huge agency.

Why Housing First won't end homelessness 
rabble.ca, July 7, 2015
Housing First is based on the principle that people need a home before they can address addiction and other issues. This is a step in the right direction, but Housing First as it is currently construed will not end homelessness. 

Rising prices hamper affordable housing efforts
Hamilton Spectator, July 1, 2015
Since 2012, however, HOAP has been kept on the sidelines of the affordable housing debate because Hamilton's steadily rising home prices have made it harder to match low income families with a house.

If Australia’s bubble bursts, is Vancouver’s far behind?
Vancouver Sun, July 1, 2015
Similarities to Oz’s deepening debt position involving residential real estate have emerged here

Seniors Ask, 'Will I Have to Move?'
The Tyee, June 29, 2015
It's not just money that worries seniors. Age-unfriendly cities add to housing fears. ** Latest in a series: A Foot in the Door: Canadians on the Housing Brink.

'Status' Key to Indigenous Housing
The Tyee, June 26, 2015
Off-reserve support just out of reach for some aboriginal urbanites. ** Latest in a series: A Foot in the Door: Canadians on the Housing Brink.

Homeless in Vancouver: City's homeless problem looks average by comparison
The Strait, July 10, 2015
Well, contrary to popular opinion, Vancouver doesn’t look like the Canadian capital of homelessness; not when it’s compared to other major Canadian urban centres. Then it looks about average. 

Vancouver mayor's homelessness pledge fails as count stays unchanged
The Globe and Mail, July 7, 2015
The city released the official results Tuesday from its annual homeless count, conducted four months ago, which found 1,746 living on city streets or sleeping in shelters. That’s down slightly from 1,803 in 2014.

Secondary suites back on the table at Calgary City Council
The Globe and Mail, June 26, 2015
While some residents and city councillors are opposed to the blanket rezoning of Calgary, a large number are in favour of the idea, in the hopes that more legal suites would result in safer and more affordable housing. 

Supreme Court Slams Door Shut on Canada's Housing Crisis
Right to Housing Charter Challenge, June 25, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Charter challenge holding governments responsible for the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness will never be heard in Canadian courts. 


USA Boston Mayor Mulls Affordable Housing Policy Change
The Next City, July 14, 2015
Boston is one of several cities that requires some developers to set aside affordable apartments, and the Massachusetts city has handed out those units — some in new luxury high-rises — via a lottery.

USA Seattle’s Affordable Housing Plan Includes “Grand Bargain”
The Next City, July 14, 2015
After 10 months of deliberation, the panel of developers and affordable housing advocates have put forth 65 proposals that would halt the city’s rapid transformation into a place “accessible only to the affluent and privileged,” the report states.

USA How a Seattle Plan to End Single-Family Zoning Could Change Affordable Housing
CityLab. com, July 13, 2015
Some of the proposed tools are untested, some are best practices. Together, they would set the city on the progressive edge.

USA What Seattle's New "Grand Bargain" on Affordable Housing is.
The Stranger, July 13, 2015
The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) committee's plan, released today, contains more than 60 recommendations. But at the centerpiece is a compromise between developers and affordability advocates reached over the weekend.

AUSTRALIA Housing affordability: What Australia can learn from the rest of the world
Domain.au, July 5, 2015
Governments have tackled the problem with strategies as varied as finance for non-profit housing, local councils buying up private property to turn it into social housing, to easing demand through tenant protections that makes long-term leasing appealing.

AUSTRALIA The solution to affordable housing?
NEWS.com.au July 3, 2015
A group of experts believe they have the answer to fixing housing affordability in Australia, and it could be as easy as following 10 steps.

USA More communities demand developers build affordable housing
Al Jazeera,  June 26, 2015
Advocates hope a California Supreme Court ruling will lead to inclusionary zoning laws for rental units

UK Tenants pay more rent than any country in Europe 
The Guardian, June 24, 2015
British renters pay a higher proportion of their wages as well a higher rents, according to the National Housing Federation

USA To create more affordable housing, build more mass transit

UK Renting your way to poverty: welcome to the future of housing
The Telegraph, June 2, 2015
During 2013 housing prices in London rose by around £40,000 for an average flat or house that was sold compared to the previous year. By 2015 average London prices were over £500,000.

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