Monday, October 5, 2015

September 15 - October 4, 2015

ELECTION GUIDE


The Canadian federal election of 2015 is just around the corner and in time for Canada's Democracy Week, we published a Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015.  This non-partisan, independent, research-based resource analyzes four of the major parties running for office in the upcoming October 19th 2015 election. Our analysis provides important information to help voters make an informed decision. - See more at: http://homelesshub.ca/researchmatters#.dpuf
The Canadian federal election of 2015 is just around the corner and in time for Canada's Democracy Week, we published a Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015.  This non-partisan, independent, research-based resource analyzes four of the major parties running for office in the upcoming October 19th 2015 election. Our analysis provides important information to help voters make an informed decision. - See more at: http://homelesshub.ca/researchmatters#.dpuf
The Canadian federal election of 2015 is just around the corner and in time for Canada's Democracy Week, we published a Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015.  This non-partisan, independent, research-based resource analyzes four of the major parties running for office in the upcoming October 19th 2015 election. Our analysis provides important information to help voters make an informed decision.

MANITOBA

'Epidemic' of people living out of shopping carts
CBC October 2, 2015
Homelessness becoming 'more visible' in West Broadway neighbourhood.

Transitional housing a success for MAPS
Thompson Citizen, September 30, 2015
The biggest challenge the transition home has is having the clients take ownership of their recovery. While MAPS is there to help the clients out, they can’t be successful unless the client makes the effort to make a personal change.

City affordable housing lobbying effort flops
Toronto Sun, September 27, 2015
The Closing the Housing Gap campaign is a perfect example of a poverty industry in action: Lots of talk and little action. 

Government teams up with Brandon officials to transform vacant spaces over businesses into homes
CTV News, September 27, 2015
Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell says the Upper Storey Residential Development Initiative will provide much-needed rental space.

Winnipeg Housing Community Mourns 'Instrumental' Member
The Tyee, September 25, 2015
The death of Oanh Pham, 33, has residents of a converted church pondering her gifts.

U of M not alone in housing dispute
The manitoban, September 23, 2015
Other universities experience problems as enrolment growth spurs off-campus housing demand

New transitional house for refugees set to open in Winnipeg
CBC Manitoba, September 22, 2015
A church and its congregation in Winnipeg's inner city are answering the call to help more refugees by making a new transitional house on Ellice Avenue.

City councillor ramps up fight against illegal housing
The Manitoban, September 16, 2016
Community meeting seeks to address illegal rooming houses around U of M

Construction begins to convert Merchants Hotel into affordable housing
CBC News, September 16, 2015
Merchants Hotel on Selkirk to become $11M affordable housing, learning centre 

CANADA

Let's Make Affordable Housing a Federal Election Issue
October 1, 2015, Huffington Post (Art Eggleton OpEd)
Affordable housing is an enormous challenge -- but it's solvable if there is political will to do so. So why isn't more being done to keep existing housing affordable or provide new affordable housing? 

Homelessness policy must first do no harm 
Kingston Whig Standard, October 1, 2015
The government's endorsement of the Housing First model is a strong beginning to ending chronic homelessness, but whoever forms the next government must build on that foundation and resolve some unintended consequences.

Here's Where You'll Find Canada's Most And Least Affordable Homes
Huffington Post, September 28, 2015
The map below can be used to gauge just how (un)affordable housing is in Canada.

Big-city mayors looking for better housing promises
September 23, 2015 Toronto Star
Mayors from Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax, London and Kitchener are meeting to push federal parties on housing.

Over Half of Canadians Would Support a Political Party That Makes Affordable Housing a Priority, New Poll Finds
September 23, 2015, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (News Release)
The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), along with the Vote Housing For All Network, commissioned EKOS Research Associates to conduct a short survey of national attitudes towards affordable housing as an election issue in the current federal election campaign.

New Tool Links Local Candidates to Housing Policies, and to Voters 
The Tyee, September 23, 2015
Year-long journalism project yields a website dedicated to fixing what's broken in Canada's housing. 

Former Ontario housing ministers launch citizens’ campaign for public housing
Metro News, September 23, 2015
New advocacy group plans to lobby nearly 100 Toronto candidates from four parties on their housing commitments.

INTERNATIONAL

UAE The Rise of Affordable Housing in the Gulf
October 5, 2015, Bloomberg Business Week
 | 05-10-2015, 06:09 AM | UAE | The Rise of Affordable Housing in the Gulf  With a chronic shortage of affordable housing across the region, moves are finally being made to meet the demand

UK Crisis, what housing crisis? We just need fresh thinking
The Guardian, September 30, 2015
Here are the most damaging myths about the policy issue that’s on everyone’s lips – and a few brutal realities

USA Chicago Rule Change Encourages Affordable Housing
Planetizen, October 2, 2015
This month, changes to Chicago's Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) will go into effect, raising the in-lieu fees developers must pay to opt out of building affordable units downtown.

UK Labour considers biggest social housebuilding drive since 70s
The Guardian, September 28, 2015
Shadow housing minister John Healey says government could build 100,000 council houses and housing association homes a year.

GERMANY Affordable housing is Germany’s next ‘boom’ sector
PropertyEU, September 23, 2015
The German residential sector continues to offer opportunities for investors, especially in less obvious areas like student housing, microhousing and affordable housing, experts agreed at PropertyEU’s Germany Investment Briefing, which was held in London on Tuesday.

USA The Real Power of Public Housing
CityLab, September 22, 2015
“The story of American public housing is one of quiet successes drowned out by loud failures,” writes the historian Ed Goetz.

UK Better planning and more land needed to meet UK housing targets
PropertyWire, September 22, 2015
House builders across the UK say policy makers should boost resources for local authority planning departments, increase skills and training for the construction sector and step up the delivery of public sector land to help increase the supply of new homes.

USA For Renters, a Bleak Future
CityLab, September 21, 2015
America’s housing crisis will likely worsen during the next decade, with millions more struggling to make monthly payments.

CHINA Beijing’s Mousetribe: affordable housing in Mao’s underground air-raid bunkers
Domain.com, September 14, 2015
  I’m descending into a Mao era underground air-raid bunker in Beijing. This bunker has been converted into tiny rental dormitories with no windows and little fresh air. My two guides seem anxious and they talk nervously to each other with low voices, and in Mandarin.

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