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Stories about paying for operations, new construction, repairs, maintenance, etc.

Good News For New York City’s Public Housing – A Long Time In The Making

The New York City Housing Authority, including its arms-length owner, New York City, have been caught between a rock and a hard place for many years now. The rock: an estimated...

Update – San Francisco Considers Paying The Price For New Public Housing

A lot of attention following the U.S. elections has been focussed at the national level, where counting continues slowly and painstakingly. Not so in San Francisco, where some of...

UK Pandemic Home Buyers Compete With Councils For Housing Deals

It is difficult to avoid shaking the head in disbelief. Some reports peg housing demand and housing prices as either stable or rising in the face of COVID-19.Here's a...

San Francisco Considers Paying The Price For New Public Housing

“The vision is that you can be a working class person who lives in San Francisco and pays a reasonable percentage of your income to rent.” It's déjà vu all...

Green Matters: No Single Colour Of Paint Covers AU Tenant Energy Hardship

Energy hardship is a natural outcome of treating rental housing as a commodity, rather than sheltering it under a human rights umbrella. In many modern countries, the owner of...

UK Housing Associations Are Teaming Up To Reduce Repair And Building Costs

Social housing providers have been teaming up to reduce costs by making bulk purchases for years. It's a tested method to reduce insurance, utility and financing costs for individual...

A COVID-19 Recovery Plan To End Homelessness

The mission of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is pretty self evident. These days, it’s making the case that ending homelessness should be part of Canada’s COVID-19 recovery...

Can The Private Sector Build Social Housing For Profit? No.

Can the private sector ever cost-effectively AND the profitably build social housing? A simple economics-101-multiplied-over-time argument might be that if they could, they would. But they haven't so they...

The Police Defund Refund. Not Enough, If Black Lives Matter

Only the wildest-eyed optimists imagine that defunding the police means abolishing crime prevention by creating a magical world in which the disappearance of police somehow creates an end to...

Financing Social Housing

In the years following WWII, national governments directly funded and built social housing that was affordable for people with very low incomes. The policies, programs and funding that enabled...

NYCHA Needs 6 Billion, Asks 2 Billion, Gets Nothing New From NY State

When governments mortgage the future to pay for the present, sooner or later the bill comes due. It arrived last year for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)...

Public Housing Failure: Who Is To Blame? A Seattle Microcosm Of That Question

While public (a.k.a social) housing has been extremely successful in some European nations, it survives and prospers against a small 'c' conservative attitude that financially poor tenants are both...
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