Friday, August 28, 2015

August 20 - 28, 2015


BCNPHA, in partnership with Vancity credit union developed the province-wide Rental Housing Index (RHI). The RHI provides a detailed analysis of the affordability of rental housing for various income groups in nearly 100 communities in BC.

MANITOBA

Century 21 apologizes after agent markets illegal rooming house
CBC News, August 27, 2015
Real estate agent markets single family home as having $35K revenue potential with 7 renters.


University of Manitoba testing, strong, hot, house
Metro Winnipeg, August 27, 2015
Permafrost test box easy to put up, tear down, and can be heated with just a few lightbulbs.

Frustrations build as U of M students return to illegal rooming houses
CBC News, August 27, 2015
Real estate agent markets single family home as having 7 bedrooms, 2 kitchens

Illegal rooming houses cause safety, livability concerns in south Winnipeg
CTV Winnipeg, August 25, 2015
Fort Richmond residents are looking at ways to crack down on illegal rooming houses around the University of Manitoba.

Housing co-op offers new take on retirement living for Winnipeg women
CBC News August 26, 2015
Beverly Suek, 69, is the founder of the Women's Housing Initiative Manitoba (WHIM), a housing co-op that offers shared housing for women who are retired, or are nearing retirement.


CANADA

Elizabeth May lays out plan to end homelessness
CBC.ca, August 26, 2015
Green Party leader calls First Nations housing shortage a 'scandal' 

Legal secondary suites needed for safe, affordable Calgary housing
CBC News, August 26, 2015
Calgary post-secondary students say the economy hasn't boosted the supply of safe and affordable housing close to campuses and it's time for the city to legalize secondary suites.

The Long-Term Evolution of House Prices: An International perspective
Bank of Canada, August 25, 2015
Remarks by Lawrence Schembri, Deputy Governor Canadian Association for Business Economics in Kingston, Ontario 25 August 2015.

Edmonton seeks input on affordable housing strategy
Global News, August 25, 2015
With upwards of 38,000 households in need of affordable housing in Edmonton, the city is creating a new affordable housing strategy. And it’s looking for feedback.

Canada’s housing bubble: Not on the election agenda
Macleans, August 20, 2015
Don’t expect federal leaders to get serious about the bubble—they have too much to gain from the status quo, writes Jason Kirby.

The Spectator’s View: Social housing crisis needs better partners
Hamilton Spectator, August 19, 2015
Cities should have more support from senior governments in providing adequate social housing

Vancouver tenants’ fears allayed after candidates for social-housing sale revealed
The Globe and Mail, August 18, 2015
When Guy Wakeman heard the the social housing complex where he lives with his two children would be sold, he felt worried and a little betrayed. 

Harper's housing promises and the crisis of affordability
Rabbles.ca, August 18, 2015
Over the past two weeks, Stephen Harper has made three new housing-related promises on the campaign trail. However, they won't help the crisis of affordability. The pattern is familiar: make things worse and prepare to blame others.

INTERNATIONAL

USA San Francisco to Vote on Affordable Housing Bond 
AFR Weekend, August 28, 2015
A ballot decision in November will determine whether San Francisco can sell $310 million in bonds to pay for affordable housing. The proposal coincides with Mayor Ed Lee's campaign for re-election.

USA Tackling the Taboo: Low Income Housing in the U.S.
Huffington Post, August 25, 2015
Right now, our nation's capital is experiencing unprecedented growth. While this development has allowed DC to prosper, it has not been equitable.

UK Pace of rent rises quickens as average UK rent reaches £937 a month 
The Guardian, August 24, 2015
Rents were up 4.6% in July on the year before, figures show, with median rent for one-bedroom flat in London now more than £1,000 a month

USA Why Louisiana Fought Low-Income Housing in New Orleans After Katrina
CityLab, August 24, 2015
For four years during massive rebuilding, the state imposed a moratorium on all new subsidized housing. The city is still paying the price.

USA America's Most Expensive Neighborhoods for Renters
CityLab, August 20, 2015
We’re looking at you, New York, San Francisco, and L.A.

SWEDEN Pitfalls of rent restraints: why Stockholm's model has failed many
The Guardian, August 19, 2015
Half a million are on the waiting list for rent-controlled flats in Stockholm, meaning a two-tier system, bribes and a thriving parallel market.

USA Fannie, Freddie Regulator Leaves Affordable-Housing Targets Little Changed
The Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2015
FHFA won’t push the mortgage companies to direct additional lending resources to low-income borrowers

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