American Activists Prepare For Tsunami Of COVID-Caused Evictionsc

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In America, COVID-19-triggered eviction moratoriums — where they exist — are bandages over open wounds. Those who continue to be unable to pay their rent continue to fall further...

Will Pandemic Essential Workers Become Homeless After COVID-19?

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The government in Australia offered free child care during COVID-19. In the years preceding the pandemic, the government had refused to increase public subsidies for child care services, so...

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Collected Artist, And Homeless For Years

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No, you don't have to be one of life's failures (and therefore deserving of your fate) to become homeless. It can happen by simple economic accident in a world...

Renters Are Deer In Landlord’s Headlights. Banks Help Mortgagees Off The Road

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Once upon a time, no sensible, successful individual or family would own a home when it was possible to rent. After all, who needs to worry about leaky faucets...

How We Come To Use Data To Fight Epidemics

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Data is a big deal in COVID-19. This refers not to data plans, but the information that is collected, how it is analysed, how it is interpreted and how...

Aussie Rough Sleepers: Too Difficult To Deal With?

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A number of governments, mid-pandemic emergency, are congratulating themselves for erasing rough sleeping through a dog's breakfast of temporary shelter solutions that sweep this most visible manifestation of homelessness...

The Why And How Of Social Housing In The Now Of COVID-19

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People with very low and no income desperately need housing they can afford. That's old news, in far too many countries. Enter the COVID-19 pandemic. National responses to this crisis...

An Irish Social Housing Solution to Covid-19 Mortgage Failures?

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When it comes to social housing, some governments behave like Sherlock Holmes wannabes obsessed with the significance of 'the dog that didn't bark in the night.' Particularly in North America,...

A City’s Coming Homelessness Disaster, By The Numbers

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It's become fashionable these days for homelessness and housing activists to proclaim that once eviction moratoriums expire, 'many, many' will become homeless. Well, perhaps 'fashionable' is an inappropriate description...

Social Housing Needs To Be A Resource Of Everyday Heroes

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It's always heartwarming to get a lift from the exploits of those who've seen a need to help their fellow citizens in a time of emergency. A recent article...

COVID-19 And Montréal’s Musical Apartment Game

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July 1 has long been a banner day in Montréal. It's when many leases expire and a good chunk of the 500,000 renter households move house. This year's round of...

Like Moths To A Lantern, Homeless Victorians Pay To Flock Off To Paree

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How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?) These post WWI song lyrics describe the bedazzled homecoming of American troops. They also sum up...

Australian Report Enumerates The Poor By Their Species

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What does a poor person look like? In a society that dresses down, with billionaires lurking in hedges (fund, not privet) wearing t-shirts and trainers and backwards ball caps,...

Architects to Seek New Directions To The Top Of A Social Housing Tower

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To high-rise or not to high-rise? With increasing environmental pressures to put homes near jobs, the convenience of highrises is not just a once apparent fact for social housing,...

COVID-19 Rent Relief In Social Housing: Not For Tenants With Income

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There were huge sighs of relief in Scotland recently when the parliament decided against giving every tenant in social housing a rent holiday during COVID-19.Social housing tenants with income...

The Greening of Cities: Social Housing Can Play A Part

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Many recent articles in this age of COVID-19 are touting new building. It's often considered one of the most, if not the most, important engine of an urban economy. Reflecting...

Past Pandemic Rent Strikes. Can They Inform Our Current Crisis?

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Rent strikes occurred in New York City during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic. There are reflections in those events of current conditions that have triggered calls for rent strikes...

COVID-19 Relief For Private Rental Housing?

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Evidence is growing that millions of unemployed renters in many nations have neither the money to pay their accumulating back rent, nor the ability to save and pay that...

Foundational Provision: What Is It? Why Must We Reinforce It Post COVID-19

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Imagine the sunlit figure of a merchant leaning anxiously in an open shop doorway. Perhaps it is the proprietor, pleased with a government small business grant that has helped...

Social Housing Management: A Little More Of the Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing, Please

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Decades of 'thatcherite' austerity government on both sides of the Atlantic have promoted the narrowest vision of housing for the most vulnerable: while its existence may be an objective...

COVID-19 Sheltering Action = Homelessness Job Done? Hardly.

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The UK's kickass national government decision to house all homeless people in the face of COVID-19 has not been 100% successful. But it has come pretty darn close. It...

Hiding Rough Sleepers From COVID: Not Quite A Crackerjack Blessing?

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One contemporary way of dismissing the crisis of homelessness: "They actually prefer living outdoors." Well, COVID-19 has come close to making truth out of that nonsense. But not necessarily in...

A Fifty Year 0ld Pointer Towards Both A Renewed Environment And Global Health

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In a new/old Treehugger article, The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment: a late review, author Lloyd Alter pokes fun at his reaquaintance with an article some 50 years old. That...

COVID-19: Getting To The Bottom Of The Nursing Home Story In Ontario

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In Ontario, Canada, there have been two COVID-19 stories: one in the community and one in long term care homes. The number of outbreaks, and higher frequencies of COVID-19...

COVID-19: Together Is Coming Apart

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We're all in this together. This sentiment is expressed by children and adults in the posters and signs that are going up to help us get through COVID-19. If...

Homes For The Homeless: Mission Impossible Or Impossible Missionaries?

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In the United Kingdom, COVID-19 has demonstrated the awesome power of a government with a clear objective and the means to achieve it. Under the direction of the national...

Let Banging On Pots Be A Brief Stand-In For A Gift Of A Fine Social Home

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A group of UK housing associations are proposing a 'Homes For Heroes' housing initiative modelled on the social housing drive following World War I. Banging pots in appreciation daily...

COVID-19 — England Steps Up Fight Against Domestic Violence And Sexual Slavery

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The National Government in England has joined other countries in announcing additional funding for programs to assist people who experience domestic abuse, which has risen significantly during the COVID-19...

Australians Resist COVID-19 Path To Eliminate Homelessness

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Lucky (or well-managed) Western Australia with its flattened COVID-19 caseload curve. It is no longer freaking into the air — a startled cat — like all the rest of...

The Question Of Handouts For . . . Evil? . . . Essential? Landlords

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For anyone who is a renter (as this writer is) there's never any difficulty to finding some transgression, small or large, over which to gnash teeth. (For example my landlord's...

Scotland: COVID-19 Is Bringing Modest Good News To Some Renters

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At the price of losing what may be an all-important local industry — tourism, renters in holiday destinations are seeing the impact of dramatic economic changes upon landlords. This is...

COVID-19 — Government Killed Work. Should It Kill Rent, Too? If So, How?

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Shelterforce takes a lengthy look 'from the left' at the plight of renters without income to pay their rent. It focuses on rent cancellation for the duration of the...

Staying Home Is Not The Centre Point Of All COVID-19 Responses

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Governments in Canada's far north have taken a different approach to the COVID-19 epidemic.  They are encouraging residents to resume traditional practices of living on the land, rather than...

A New Yorker Update On The Slow-Rolling Rent Non-Payment Disaster

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Shades of a long-gone American social safety net, shredded away in an 'every man for himself' world of modern profiteering where no human necessity is safe from predation. Ideas of...

COVID-19: Nursing Home Care — A Tale Of Two Provinces

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Meet Laurie and Kim. They are over 80, and need help with activities daily living and the care of a nurse. They both live in privately operated nursing homes...

Tracing NY COVID-19 Death: A Broken Trail Towards Housing?

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New York is suffering a tragedy befitting a country, not a city. This small, though densely packed, corner of the United States has the dubious honour of being harder...

COVID-19: Brought To You By Bats & Pangolins . . . Or. . . Inequality?

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An intriguing article in The Guardian dares to turn the cause of pandemics on its head. It offers historical evidence that, whatever 'bug' might trigger an outbreak of illness, the...

Government Will Protect Your Homes When . . . What? Evicted Already?

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Are you encouraged by national and regional government crisis measures to forestall evictions and mortgage foreclosures? Think again. There seems to be an inclination to believe that, by stalling the inevitable,...

Rent Strike ‘Cause We Gotta: Is It Just Lipstick On A Pig?

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April 1 arrived with a whimper from renters. Across the U.S., COVID-19 related circumstances meant that at least 30% of renters could not pay rentSee in CNN: New Data...

Learning From The Past: Historic Housing Design For Health And Safety

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From the trivial to the profound, from in-house to community-wide, here's a small collection of historical building and community design features from the past that might inform housing and...

Strange COVID-19 Bedfellows Press For Social Housing

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Who wants to build social housing? Not the housing industry. They've been quite upfront and vocal over the past few years about the housing they would prefer to build...

COVID-19 Exposes Glaring Weakness of PPP Housing Supplements

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A great leap of faith permitted 'small-government' politics to largely abandon responsibility for social housing. Supposedly, one way or another, private enterprise can do things more economically and efficiently and...

The CARES Act: Evictions, Foreclosures On Pause For Some. Then What?

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An article by three U.S. Law Professors explains how the federal CARES Act only momentarily addresses the threat of eviction and only for a select group of owners and...

Sure, You Could Afford The Rent, Just. Until COVID-19 Ate Your Veggies

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Food distribution in North America is a complex, sophisticated business that runs smoothly in all but the worst times. These ARE the worst times. What Has Food Distribution Got To Do...

Covid-19 Comic Relief: How’s Your Diphtheria?

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Okay, its a little off our usual topic but we note, courtesy of the The New York Times, that chilblains are the latest in a growing list of signs...

New Scottish End-Homelessness Recipe: 1. Find The Right Disease

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And it seems that in the United Kingdom including Scotland, the national government has found the right disease. Only COVID-19 found the government, rather than the other way around. Nevertheless,...

COVID-19 Offers A Way To Wrestle Land Out Of Free Market Stratosphere

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Investors grow cautious during global calamities. These days, land and housing prices will be falling, at least momentarily. Two articles from opposite sides of the Atlantic discuss the possible window...

Is The Foundation of North American Health A Hospital, Or A Home?

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Two hard core All-American values — Freedom of Choice (for those who have money) and Equal Opportunity (for those who have money) have been important philosophical bulwarks against leftist...

Health Crisis to Homeless Crisis: The U.S. Eviction Gathering Storm

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Yes, the American Congress has banned evictions during the COVID-19 crisis. A fine symbolic gesture for a legislature increasingly unable to pass legislation at all. But what good is...

COVID-19 Calls For Start, Not Stop, Of NYC Housing Health Initiatives

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Medical facilities are working overtime to preserve human health during COVID-19. Staff are putting their lives on the line to save others. Let's not lose sight of the basic foundations...

COVID-19: Building A Life Line For All Tenants

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A group of agencies have started a petition to help Canadian tenants during and after the COVID-19 response. Some provinces have placed a temporary ban on evictions during COVID-19. Regardless,...

Urban Changes During And After COVID-19: Sightline Does 15 Quick Takes

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Sightline Institute is an American think tank. Its mission is to make the northwestern United States a global model of sustainability — strong communities, a green economy, and a...

Lawbreaking Landlords And Agents Demand Renters’ Retirement Funds

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In the midst of a world-wide crisis, jobless and penniless Australian renters are encountering rottweiler landlords chasing a bite of renter 'super' (Aussie slang for superannuation). The government, having...

Canada’s COVID-19 Pandemic Triggers A Curtain Call For Social Housing

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The following article provides a clear and detailed history of one country's journey from some of the most affordable housing in the world, to some of the least. It reflects...

Domestic Abuse: Can/Should Social Landlords Handle It Better?

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The COVID-19 response draws attention to our homes and how we live together. Some issues that we were struggling to fix before have been made even worse. Domestic violence...

Rent Strikes: Could They Become An Antidote To COVID-19 Calamity?

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Governments and business interests have conspired over the last few decades to break union influence over workers and prevent costly strikes that drive up wages. Some might argue those efforts...

COVID-19 Tenant Defaults: BC Provides Relief, Not Just Delay

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The provincial government in British Columbia is implementing a program that will assist tenants in the private market to pay their rent. This program complements other measures including a...

US & Canada Forbid The Financial Waterboarding of Tenants. . . For Now

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The North American bioregion known informally as Cascadia presents a useful focus on how well the Canadian and U.S governments are handling housing stability in the face of COVID-19....

Evict Millions? Not Now, But Probably Tomorrow. Ilhan Omar Objects.

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There are a growing number of warnings about a gathering storm of tenant evictions unless some action is taken to move the focus of the American Congress away from...

Sorry American Renters, Banks Must Force You To Die Homeless

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Try not to be distracted by bank histrionics. They need you to die, not themselves. Die? Yes. There are solid statistics to back it up. Housing is a vital health...

COVID-19 Reveals Serious Flaws in Federal Systems of Government

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One of our writers (a renter), emailed her Canadian Federal Government Member of Parliament this past week. It was a personal concern: why had recently announced federal COVID-19 emergency...

COVID-19 Response: How To Make It So

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How long does it take to find housing for people who are living rough? Would you believe 48 hours? Faced with the COVID-19 crisis, the national government in England took...

COVID-19 Silver Linings? Not Without Some Changes To Our Cityscapes

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In between involuntary gorging on a feeding frenzy of bad news, some media outlets are searching for the silver lining in the current corona virus pandemic. Several stories have emerged...

Modern Urbanism: Hoods Without Neighbours

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Somewhere nearby, I can hear people beating on pans to praise health workers beset by COVID-19. From my balcony in urban Toronto, I can't see any of them. I...

COVID-19 While Living In The Land Of Second Class Citizens — Rental Housing

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Renter status? Over the last half century or so, free market renters have been viewed by governments, and indeed citizenry as a whole, as not-quite-ready for prime time. Not, of...

COVID-19 & Evictions: HUD Pokes Its Head Out Of The Foxhole

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In the midst of the world's COVID-19 pandemic, congratulations to HUD (The U.S. Department of Urban Development) for seeking legislative power to prevent evictions by state and local Public...

Business Tax Activists Forced Into Mercy Detour By COVID-19

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Seattle activists intent on forcing major businesses to share in the local housing burden are retooling their council proposal in the light of COVID-19. Just a few weeks ago, their...

COVID-19: Social Housing As A Fundamental Public Health Need

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With housing a vital containment against the spread of COVID-19, housing is finally receiving national public health recognition both needed and deserved. Shelter, along with food and clean water,...

COVID-19: Staying At Home To Stay Safe From The Virus May Be The Least Of Your Worries

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Being at home may avoid COVID-19, but it's not safe for people who live with a partner who is violent. The French media outlet MTV found that reports of...

COVID-19 + Social Housing + Fixed Income? Keep Paying Your Rent!

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A timely reminder comes from the Australian east coast. It is directed at fixed income social housing residents and their housing authorities. The advice works for social housing pretty...

COVID-19: Our Walls Of Defence Are The Houses Of Our Community

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Retreat to the castle, pull up the drawbridge, deny entry to 'others,' a.k.a. the enemy. We all know the drill for community defence. In this age it doesn't so...

COVID-19: Advice For Homeless Services

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The Homeless Hub in Canada has published a newsletter with articles and advice about protecting people who are homeless during health emergencies. Needless to say, it is particularly timely...

COVID-19: What’s Happening With Eviction In America?

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What's happening on the eviction front? We sure as heck don't have the resources to contact and compile all the many rapidly changing events around the world. Best we point...

COVID-19: Tenants Face Eviction And Infection

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April 1, 2020. In countries with a substantial share of free market rental housing, that is the first day that rent payments are due in the new and unnatural...

CA Landlords: 2 Birds In Hand Worth More Than 1 In COVID-19 Bush

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With renters in California, like the rest of North America, facing enormous COVID-19 uncertainty, at least moral assistance has shown up from an unlikely quarter. Landlord groups are advising...

Past Pandemics Have Improved Lives. Can It Happen This Time?

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Entire nations that have faced pandemics have momentarily paid a steep price in human lives as well as in social and economic collapse. But these disasters have often provoked...

Homelessness: Nothing To Do With You? COVID-19 Says Otherwise

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Concerned public health officials as well as those providing shelter and housing support are scrambling to help protect homeless people from the coronavirus pandemic.Here's just one of many examples,...

COVID-19 And Housing Policy – Looking Ahead In The US

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Three researchers have just published an article that proposes changes to housing policy, in light of the COVID-19 epidemic in the US. Ingrid Gould Ellen, Katherine O'Regan and Sophie...

America After COVID-19: Rental Housing Apocalypse For The Poorest?

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When America decided to abandon social housing for the nation's low and no income citizens, they overlooked a fatal weakness of their plan to encourage/coerce free market landlords to...
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