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“. . . . just build more housing.”

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The headline is a conservative reaction to the annual publication of American housing affordability statistics by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Nothing wrong with the headline from a progressive point of view, either. The affordability statistics are predictably grim. Read more from CNBC: No Full-Time Minimum-Wage...

New Age Hippy-Dippy Communes? It Is A New Age, Take Out The Hippy-Dippy & Enjoy Affordable Ownership

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Cheek-by-jowl living but not necessarily partnership? A little cooperation can turn a collection of cash-strapped couples and singles into homeowners, without the need of waiting lists, agency approval, out of reach mortgage down payments, affordable housing grants, subsidies, or tax credits. If you're just such...

Wuh-up Dawg? Are You a Cool Cat? Intergenerational Homeshare: Dawgs & Cats Living Together

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At a recent national mayor's conference in Boston, that city shared some of its current experiments in the creation of more affordable housing. Read more in The Bay State Banner:  City shares creative housing ideas with mayors nationwide Out of four projects that were presented,...

Chronic Unaffordability — An Unintended Marvel of Mixed Use Planning?

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Those city planners! Give them a bee to put in in their bonnet and they'll ride into the sunset, happily swatting their hat. The latest mainstream planning 'bee' is the notion that a successful modern city demands dense residential and commercial mixed development. But does...

Modular Affordable Housing In Canada: Evolving To Fit The Bill

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Getting on for 20 years ago, Peel Region (next door to Toronto) contracted with a private business to build an emergency shelter on a municipally owned site using modular construction. Funding was approved in July, 1999 and the shelter began operating seven months later....

Non-Marriage Of Convenience: Affordable Housing For A Redefined Family

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Partnership and family have long been a first stepping stone into adulthood, whether a formal or informal union, plus or minus children. But a conventional 'Rush to Marriage' today no longer dominates the aspirations of many UK youth and young adults. With more and more...

The Affordable Housing Blues . . . or Cheap Housing: Crabgrass On The Manicured Lawn Of Human Desire

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Don't gimme shelter. Gimme neighborhood slow-taxiing housing values finally lifting off the runway into the free market stratosphere, dragging my house along with with them. I'm stuck in a down-market, turn-up-your-nose nowheresville 'burb of trash-filled vacant lots hawking a large-lot tear-down starter home perfect for...

Amazon’s Boot On Seattle’s Neck Tells All You Need To Know About Public/Private Partnerships

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Amazon, currently ranked the third most valuable company in the world, will not find the dollars to show leadership in a civic, state, national and world affordable housing crisis. Nor should it. It's a corporation with first allegiance to its shareholders. Read more in The...

Prison Inmates Learn To Challenge Luxury Home Builders

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There is a certain smug complacency in the U.S. home-building industry. "We can only afford to build luxury homes" is the battle cry of an industry focussed on the largest possible profits, and doesn't care who knows it. Of course, the availability of luxury...

American Cities Need Public Banks That Make Local Investments Where Private Banks Won’t

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Community activists in New York City are pushing for the establishment of community-oriented banks that can be counted on the reinvest a community's financial resources into local endeavours, such a affordable housing. The idea of a 'community bank' is a fine one, but the name...

Actions, Intentions, Attitudes: The Lynching Of U.S. Public Housing

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In the war on American public housing — and, yes, it is a war — the term 'collateral damage' moves closer to home. The victims are not remote inhabitants of unpronounceable villages in faraway lands, but Americans, living in American cities. They are poor,...

Arts Platform Aims To Curb Gentrification

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Groundstory began tackling the precarious work and housing situations faced by the arts community in Ontario in 2017. Groundstory is billed as a collective action of the arts that aims to understand how artists and culture workers are affected by gentrification and to figure out...

Right-To-Buy Program At Risk. Well Duh! What Would You Expect, If Only 1/3 Selling Price Stays in Housing.

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So the brilliant Margaret Thatcher era scheme to buy your UK council rental home is unravelling. Really, it only ever could unravel. With only a third of the sale price returning to fund future council housing, only cynical public housing unbelievers could imagine that one...

How Library Systems Can Help Address Affordable Housing Crises

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Increasing density seems the only option for building affordable housing in the downtown core of many cities. Even smaller homes in higher towers may only temporarily be affordable, if the rising cost of land cannot be controlled. One possible way of controlling land costs is...

In USA ‘. . . the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice. . .’

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A more complete and damning quote from a new United Nations report: ". . .in a rich country like the United States, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power." An accurate assessment of U.S. political will and might?...

Ugly Consequences When Housing For Vulnerable Populations Goes Unregulated

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Three unrelated stories point to the importance of regulating or monitoring affordable housing for vulnerable populations. In America, there is a federal requirement that cities and states provide housing and treatment for veterans with health problems, including alcoholism. 'Sober housing' is therefore widely available. The...

Rent Controls Are Profit Controls: Stay Away, Landlords!

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A useful, if flawed, article in Forbes  (introduced below) enumerates the disadvantages of rent controls for investors. Written for real estate investors, it is against rent controls. (Full disclosure: the author has lived in a rent-controlled apartment and reaped some of its particular advantages for...

When The Housing Revolution Comes To America, Will It Be Armed?

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Revolution could mean 'radical change' or revolution could mean 'revolution' — the overthrowing of government via protests, disregard of conventional law, violence and even warfare. Which framework should we use to consider the idea of a 'housing revolution' in the United States? The answer is...

UK Affordable Housing Viability Assessments: Can Developers Abuse The Privilege?

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What happens when a UK developer, eager for a housing contract that includes a fat government subsidy, deliberately ignores the true cost of the housing and paints a too-rosy picture of how much of the housing can be affordable? Up until now, nothing much happens....

U.S. Government Needs To Subsidize The Middle Class. Which Middle Class?

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The housing development industry on both sides of the Atlantic has succeeded in an enormous propaganda campaign to redefine the middle class based on a need for more luxurious housing than they can afford. Developers and builders are quite transparent about their own interests: due...

Car Living Skyrockets In Seattle. Is It Affordable Housing Or Homelessness?

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What significance might be attached to a January 2018 discovery that there was a huge increase in the number of Seattle's homeless found living in vehicles? Thanks to a legal ruling last year, one possibility is that more than 3,000 homeless vehicle-dwellers are not...

NYC Housing Crisis: Regulators Overwhelmed As Rent Controlled Apartments Are Ground To Dust

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In a three part series, Unsheltered, the New York Times exposes the rapid and horrifying destruction of its rent controlled apartment stock. Gentrification in a red hot housing market has simply overwhelmed New York's weakened regulatory capacity. Rapacious landlords employ an arsenal of dirty tricks to...

You Can Invest In Affordability With A Manufactured Home REIT. A What?

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There are more than a few signs in North America that the hey-day of the much maligned North American trailer park is over. Try: ‘Naturally-Occurring’ No-Subsidy Affordable Housing. Too Bad It’s Dying! Say it ain't so! And guess what? The National Real Estate Investor is prepared to say just...

California Transit Hub Neighbourhoods May Soon Be Home to Non-Transit-Using Gentry

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California is Ground Zero of America's affordable housing crisis. Never mind just affordable housing, it is estimated to be short approximately a million houses that needed to be built over the last ten years in order to keep pace with swelling population. State Legislature Bill...

When The Affordable Housing Tipping Point is Reached, What Next? Does the City Die?

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Apologies for yet another California story. But since the state is ground zero for both affordable Housing and for homelessness, things may well happen here before anywhere else. On to the tipping point. Has it been reached in San Francisco. Or the Bay Area? Here's one...

‘Naturally-Occurring’ No-Subsidy Affordable Housing. Too Bad It’s Dying!

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In North America, it's a natural pastime to kick around trailer parks. Now playing on Netflix: 'Trailer Park Boys' — a festival of bumbling, lamebrain mishap-prone wanna-be criminals milking the laughs and getting on each other's nerves with their half-baked schemes. As for 'Trailer Trash'—...

Homelessness Crisis? Orange County Grand Jury To Local Governments: Pull Your Fingers Out and Cooperate!

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A recent U. S. District court decision caused government consternation and dismay at several levels in Orange County California as officials scrambled frantically for weeks to mitigate a crisis of their own making. The crisis? People living in a homeless encampment on the riverbed of...

Seattle Business Tax Angers Amazon To No Purpose Without ‘Up-Zoning’

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Seattle, with the third largest homeless population in the country, can be excused for generating money for affordable housing construction by levying a tax on big business. Amazon, one of the world's biggest business and headquartered in Seattle, acted in the interests of its...

Project Towers Reboot: Let’s Dump The Bad Attitude

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Consider the All-American Attitude towards Public Housing Project Towers. That's 'all', as in pretty much all government, all political party, all public opinion. And that Attitude is? Surviving American Project Towers are zombies. Dead, but they just don't know it yet. As to those already...

A Growing Case For Big Government: Corporations Preach Survival Of The Fittest

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On one hand, we have a world-wide casino that uses the basic need for shelter for gambling chips — housing. The result in America?  According to an admittedly self-interested industry — builders — land and housing has become so expensive that the private sector...
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