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

Philadelphia Homeless Moms And Children Commandeer City Houses

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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...

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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