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Posts with stories about housing that is available and affordable for people with low/no incomes at present.

Squeaky Wheel/Diplomat: What Is Needed For A Public Housing Voice

A sprinkling of encouraging notes from several countries might signal a sea change in the treatment of public/social housing tenants. The trend continues for fixing up more of the...

Is HUD Pimping Out Unoccupied Housing To The Private Sector?

It's a strange lawsuit on the face of it, Philadelphia low income housing activists taking on Marcia Fudge, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and her HUDThe U.S. Department of...

Public Housing: “Lean And Mean” Clashes With “Green”

American public housing over the last few decades has been an underfunded study in ignoring basic tenant health and safety. But with a growing outcry about everything from lead...

How Middle Class Miami Ran Over Public Housing On The Way Out Of Town

It was an unfortunate traffic accident. The American dream lay affordable and enticing in the suburbs. Middle America could afford cars to pursue it. Nobody gave thought to the...

Mediterranean Holiday Homes To Be Expropriated For Social Housing

Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera. Familiar names to holiday makers who flock there in summer. These are part of the Balearic Islands off the Mediterranean coast of Spain — just...

City of Toronto Helps Homeless-Loving Carpenter Follow in Famous Footsteps

In an age where social media allows everyone to preach the gospel of certainty for every possible lifestyle, social behaviour and religious belief under the sun, we wondered how...

Who Might Jesus Look Like In A Modern Canadian Winter?

The face of a Second Coming in today's modern world might be that of a man more effectively able to preach by what he practices, rather then practice his...

‘True’ Housing Affordability In A Private Enterprise World: Is It Possible?

Over the last few years, the term "affordability" when applied to housing has deteriorated to a match between seller's asking price and whatever you have in your pocket. And...

It’s A Bird . . . No, A Plane . . . No, A Bristol, UK Super Tenant!

In the United Kingdom, social housing has been loved and lost. Let us consider the national government over the last few decades as the lover, and the UK society...

Philadelphia Homeless Moms And Children Commandeer City Houses

Over the last few months, the saga of a Bay Area empty house occupied by homeless single moms with children has made national headlines in the U.S.TRY: Evicted Oakland...

Evicted Oakland Squatter-Moms Buy That Vacant House — Updated

Fabulous news for the evicted moms. A totally meaningless victory in a war that desperately needs to be fought against house flipping?

Short Term Rental Disease: Europe Uses COVID As An Affordable Housing Cure

Until the coronavirus pandemic, a rising number of world cities were suffering from affordable housing problems. In some cities, overheated housing markets have attracted investors acting from purely speculative reasons....

One Size Fits All Social Housing? Nope. Doesn’t Fit Seniors

Is the idea of mixed age social housing a clever attempt to build more complete (and therefore presumably healthier) housing communities? Or is it just a government slapdash cost-cutting...

Lisbon’s Answer To High Rents For Essential Workers

Lisbon is inviting short term rental landlords to get into the long term rental business. Concerned that there is no housing in the city that is affordable for essential workers,...

As COVID-19 Lingers, A Focus On Coming Landlord Vacancy Crises

A tsunami of evictions looms on the horizon for individuals and families who have suffered job loss in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. But every single eviction often...

A Different Way To Fight Housing Discrimination

On July 1, an English a court handed down a ruling to make it easier for people who receive social assistance to move to housing in the private rental...

Social Housing Evictee Death: Can A ‘Safeguarding Board’ Make A Difference?

What is it with governments and their agencies faced with a need to learn as they go? Even when they come right out and pledge to do so, they...

Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste: BC Low And No Income Benefit

Commentators around the world are totting up some of the previously unthinkable changes that COVID-19 has offered to low and no income residents. The response in British Columbia, Canada,...

Moving Day, Québec Leaves A Few Without Leases: Disaster Or Triumph?

A couple of weeks ago the Québec government stuck its neck out and resolved to shepherd that province's preponderance of rental lease renewals on July 1st every year. They...

A City’s Coming Homelessness Disaster, By The Numbers

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...

Federated To Death? When It Comes To Housing, I Pick Québec

State "A" thinks tenants should sink or swim on their own. Maybe you should move. Province "B" is handing out dollars, but stopped yesterday, you're too late. Nation "C"...

3D Printed Walls: Housing Technology That Plays Well With Others? Or Not.

3D Printers capable of creating sophisticated devices such as fireable guns have tweaked the imagination of dreamers. Those with housing on their minds are not only proposing, but actually...

In Barrie, Ontario, Cash-Strapped Students May Buy Housing With Chores

Social housing removes homes from the free market and so can provide an ongoing guarantee of truly affordable housing for low income and no income citizens. Unfortunately, there are few...

Four Kinds Of Affordable Housing That Can Work In A Democracy

Social housing has been largely abandoned by democracy. Or at least by those democracies that have participated most fervently in the East-West Cold War, where socialism became viewed in...
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