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From Problem To Crisis To Catastrophe: American Affordable Housing History

Beginning with personal stories of today's deepening housing crisis, an excellent in-depth article introduced below traces a progression of American affordable housing problems and government solutions through the twentieth and twenty-first century. Government subsidies in several developed countries prior to the First World War mirrored...

Airbnb Overstays Its Short Term Rental

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Possession of a home has long been associated with a range of rights. An owner may live in it, lease it, rent it, sell it, give it away. In many jurisdictions, at least some of those rights may be also exercised by a person...

Bristol, UK: Building Less Affordable Housing In Order To Build More

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A contradictory headline describes the dilemma of the City Council in Bristol, which is trying to move quickly to provide affordable housing for their community. The need may be urgent, but approvals must jump through regulatory hoops to piece land together, hold hearings, satisfy...

United Kingdom Civic Housebuilding – History Shows How To Build

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Shelter, a UK based charity, published New Civic Housebuilding 2017 to present an approach to building affordable housing using strategies used successfully in the past. The report argues that developing housing on land removed from the speculative market is essential to achieve the number of...

New Zealand’s Kiwibuild ‘Affordable’ Housing Stumbles Out Of The Starting Gate

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In the spirit of promising all things to all people, The New Zealand Labour Parliament's Kiwibuild initiative is progressing from an election promise to a government program. It began as a promise to build 100,000 affordable homes in 10 years. Now it is muddling...

Fake News Visits Workforce Housing Affordability, Kansas City Style

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Propaganda skills that were born and died with Nazi Germany are being been reborn in contemporary America. The term 'fake news' is attached to an endless, bewildering, contradictory parade of fact and fiction and ultimately undermines our ability to discern the difference between truth...

Weep, Affordable Housing Activists! Here’s A Practical Benefit To House Flipping

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The free market buying and selling of housing for profit (flipping) is the single greatest cause of today's affordable housing crisis world wide. Mom and pop flipping is bad enough, but when Wall Street does it, then that's positively the work of the Devil! Doesn't...

From Art Inspiration To Social Justice Response: A Houston Single Mother Housing Support Program

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It began as an art project about racism, inequality and social justice. Six Houston artists renovated 22 row houses in Houston's impoverished and predominantly black Ward Three. Sculpting with houses upon the canvas of a neighborhood was a unique and extraordinary artistic vision. Project Row...

Brandon, Manitoba Affordable Housing: Goldilocks And The Three Bylaws

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The housing in the first bylaw was too large. The housing in the second bylaw was too small. But the housing in the third bylaw was just right. Goldilocks ate that bylaw right up, and all her neighbours helped her do it. A Brandon, Manitoba...

Will There Ever Be A Second Hand Affordable Housing Boom? Charlotte, NC, Hopes So!

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Science grew out of the mists of time: potions and folk remedies to cure illness gradually analyzed and improved over the centuries, obsession from the middle ages and beyond about ways to transmute 'base' metals into glorious gold, centuries of cross-breeding plants and animals...

Private Developers Can’t Fix Affordable Housing Crisis: Tofino Mayor

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Tofino, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island's Pacific coast caters to a heady mix of surf bums, whale watchers, beachcombers, salmon fishermen and wealthy second home owners. Private housing developers are hard at work capturing stunning sunsets in the cathedral glass windows of more and...

Finally: Canada Has An Affordable Housing Program

In November 2017, the Canadian government released details of its funding plans to support affordable housing across the country. See the Times Colonist: Feds Announce New National Housing Fund. This is the first significant national funding since it transferred most responsibility for social housing...

Taking NZE (Net Zero Energy) Housing To Those Who Can Least Afford It And Most Need It

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The Net Zero Energy industry would have us believe that the those most in need of affordable housing are also those most in need of NZE Housing. And they have some facts on their side to back up their arguments. Traditional energy costs tend to...

A Non-Profit Develops City Owned Land: Good News For Affordable Housing?

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Imagine an NGO lifeboat offering to rescue Toronto and Vancouver, bringing news that they can help build the affordable housing that they so desperately need. The key is the land these cities own. Purchased in the free market, land dooms the affordability of anything built...

Could The Affordable Housing Crisis Hollow Out American Cities . . . Again?

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In America, an affordable housing juggernaut is looming, sweeping in from the west. Read about the depth of the situation and the inadequate response in ctpost: San Francisco's housing crisis is so dire that nearly 7,000 people applied for 95 affordable apartments What happens next? A clue...

Public/Private Partnerships, Formal or Informal? Amazon Teaches Us Why Not

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Further to an article recently published here, Can Private Enterprise Ever Support Affordable Housing? Amazon Action Demonstrates Otherwise, the City of Seattle has now watered down its affordable housing tax on larger businesses to appease that city's world beating tenant — Amazon. Latest reports...

Yes, Corporations Focus On Their Bottom Line, Maui Edition

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The story: In 2001, Maui development company got fast-tracked planning permission, concessions on parking and other benefits, together with the equivalent of fifteen+ million dollars to build an housing complex that they guaranteed would rent at affordable rates for 50 years. The update: The development...

The Many Colors of NIMBY: Affordable Housing IS needed, Just Not Here

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed.

Report: UK Planning Deregulation + Defunding Is An Affordable Housing Disaster

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The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) have together released an annual report on the Affordable Housing Crisis in the UK to coincide with a Government consultation to revise its National Planning Policy Framework.  The report blames recent planning deregulation...

Back To The Future: An airbnb Solution to the Housing Affordability Crisis?

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Rent-a-bed housing! It's here! Check out airbnb listings worldwide. Book a bunk-bed in a dormitory and save. Best of all, stop thinking like a tourist. What if you want a long stay — say for a university semester? We're talking an affordable accommodation solution here, not...

Rooming House Reputation Rehabilitation Problem? Trendy Co-Living To The Rescue!

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For a city like Toronto, Ontario, amalgamated in 1998 from 6 separate municipalities, rooming houses are a festering affordable sore on the tender underbelly of urban housing. Pre-amalgamation Toronto regulated rooming houses. One of the other five cities also regulated rooming houses, a second...

Public/Private Partnerships: Where Affordable Housing Goes To Die

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Governments currently in power the United States and Britain have been dismantling social housing in favour of a starry-eyed vision: a publicly financed affordable housing vehicle with a high horsepower private enterprise engine under the hood. The private enterprise engine is presented as capable of...

Broken Promise: The Art And Artifice Of A Social Housing ‘Failure’

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Robin Hood Gardens is demolished now, making way for high-rise towers, and 5 times the amount of housing. Half of that will be 'affordable,' but not in a traditional social housing sense. Robin Hood Gardens' promise was once so great that it featured as an architectural...

Top UK Housing Developer: Public / Private Affordable Funding Is Crazy!

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A nationally respected housing developer has decided to tell it like it is: the huge financial burden of affordable social housing cannot be born alone by one business sector — the housing construction industry. Public/Private partnerships result in a modest government subsidy for affordable building...

Affordable? The Private Market And Public Intervention Conundrum

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So you'd like to think your country might one day have enough affordable housing? Think about it as a drug for a social disease which could be called Shelter-itis. So now that you're thinking about drugs, let's talk about drug prices in America. Consider a...

World’s Third Largest Builder Plans Affordable Housing On A Crisis Scale: Huge!

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Builders in western countries cry poor when it comes to building affordable housing. Without public support, the gap between development costs and reasonable profit margins are too great. Low end housing? Middle class housing? Just watch their open hands and twitching fingers work the...

Is San Diego On A Slippery Slope To Institutionalizing Homelessness?

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"Consider the advantages of outdoor life. Settle down for a while in the fresh sea air of San Diego, California. Or stay for a lifetime. Your belongings can be stored safely in a city locker. Enjoy our beaches, indeed all our public facilities, and...

Rent Controls Work. Removing Them Devastated California Affordable Housing

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'Incentivized' businesses are the pet unicorns of small-government conservatives.  Fewer rules, less government and less taxes, are all incentives for free enterprise serve the public. This part of the fable may indeed be true. But will businesses actually actually act on those incentives? Now there's...

The ‘Missing Middle’: Solving The Workforce Affordable Housing Riddle

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There are circumstances in which it is easy to pity the 'missing middle'. The term 'workforce housing' is increasingly used to describe accommodation for those above-minimum wage workers in the sometimes 'missing middle' who are essential to the health of any particular community. Luxury housing...

ADU’s+Tiny Homes+Mentors For Ex-Offenders? It Beats A Suicide Watch!

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Beginning on a sobering note, A recent British study outlined the dismally low percentage of success in finding housing for those newly released from the prison system. The most serious consequence was a high incidence of suicide. Try: Released British Prisoners Escape Unaffordable Housing Crisis...

NYC Comptroller’s Analysis Puts a Dollar Figure On Airbnb Damage To Affordability

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SRT (Short Term Rental) advocates — particularly renters themselves — are quick to dismiss suggestions that Airbnb and other SRT agencies have an impact on a community's long term affordable housing rents. However, feel-good articles from SRT industry cheerleaders are beginning to take a back...

High School? College? Can You Get There From Here, If Your ‘Here’ is Homelessness?

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America! That mythical land of equal opportunity. When opportunity is equal, if you aren't succeeding then you just aren't trying, or so some would have the rest of us believe. What is it like to get an education, when everyone around you has a home?...

Small-Cottage Common-Greenspace Suburbs: Affordable Cramped Necessity Or Attractive Community Future?

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The suburban dream did not begin with 2500 square foot (230 sq m) houses. Nestled towards the heart of many cities are modest houses on tree-lined streets, the suburbs of the 1940's and 50's, long swallowed up by urban expansion. Earlier suburban dream homes, small...

Ply Gem Attacks The Affordable Housing Crisis One Door And Window At A Time

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Ply Gem? A small town in Wales, we guessed when we first saw the name. Nope. It's a manufacturer and supplier of exterior housing materials based in Wake, North Carolina. Since 2016, Ply Gem has been on an affordable housing mission in nearby Raleigh. Nearly everyone...

How Adjusting HUD’s New Raise-The-Rent Proposal For The Very Poorest Could Work

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In America, public housing history helps to bridge the gap between 'don't be cruel to the very poorest' (accompanied by conservative eye rolling) and 'help the poor lift themselves by their bootlaces' (accompanied by progressive eye rolling). Where did it come from, the 30% threshold...

Can Private Enterprise Ever Support Affordable Housing? Amazon Action Demonstrates Otherwise

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Amazon, based in Seattle, Washington, and a seismic presence in that city, has taken issue with a new Seattle business tax. Naturally, that tax will cost one of the richest companies in the world. Amazon is threatening punitive action against the city — essentially withholding any...

Social Housing In Three Nations: Three Recent Government Attitudes on Display

From the left: The United Kingdom At least some people in Britain, including those who vote labour, are looking forward to leader Jeremy Corbyn's regular promises of 1,000,000 new units of social housing. Corbyn would go further and end the UK's Right to Buy program which continues to...

Seattle: Transit Supports Housing Affordability

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Seattle's Sound Transit have unveiled a plan they were required to develop by the state legislature. The agency will set aside 80% of any surplus station land for affordable housing. These days, affordability can mean many different things. Activists lobbied hard for 30% of median...

Prejudiced America: The Latest Indignity — Caught Housing While Pregnant

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Smuggling a child-to-be into an apartment where management disapproves of children? Should be a snap if you're only a few months pregnant. Nowhere near as difficult as smuggling in a hyperactive little yorkie with a piercing yap. But, it seems that in South Florida, some...

Karl Marx: Renaissance Bound?

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Perhaps you know Karl Marx as the spawn of the devil who invented the Soviet Union, winner of the free world's Top Evil Empire Prize year after year for somewhere between half and three quarters of a century. (To say nothing of Communist China,...

As American Poor Are Pushed Out To Suburbs, Mumbai Commits To Affordable City Core

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The flight of poverty in American cities has been towards the suburbs. Downtown affordable housing has evaporated in the face in urban renewal and gentrification. This has largely been an unintended consequence, as well as an unfortunate one, as the poor are pushed away...
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