Models

Articles discussing models for building and operating housing that is affordable to households with very low or no incomes.

Poverty For Profit: REIT Hard At Work In the Homelessness Mines

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This post is a tale of two viewpoints. From the bastions of free enterprise? Confirmation that there is literally nothing on earth that cannot, with good conscience, be turned...

More Housing In Suburbs Need Not Be A High-Rise Horror Show

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Alan Mallach recently poked a hornet's nest with his article published in Shelterforce that strongly questioned the affordability benefits of "build any kind of housing, anywhere." That movement identifies...

Beating Affordable Housing Out Of Cities. After the Carrot Comes The Stick.

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With the coronavirus pandemic has come a remarkable downturn in tourism. This has crimped the style of high-flying Short Term Rental (SRT) landlords, who have over the last few...

A New Building Solely For Social Housing Tenants?

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A Vancouver based developer is proposing to consolidate social housing units in a single building, rather than spreading them across multiple buildings. What should we make of this? These days, public-private...

A Missing Chapter: Housing Development In The Global South

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If you’ve been reading affordablehousingaction.org for a while, you might wonder why there are so few stories about housing in the global south. There hasn't always been much to...

Green Social Housing – New Source Of Pride For Local Councils

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The Royal Borough of Greenwich recently showcased a pilot project of four new homes. The homes are built to meet exacting emission standards and will rent to people with...

Baltimore:  Healthy COVID Cynicism Creates a Care Home That Really Cares

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February 28, 2020 was a memorable day for the staff and residents of the Maryland Baptist Aged Home. It was the day President Trump said that COVID-19 was a...

100 Year Old Experiment in Social Housing — Ignored — Can Inform Us Today

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In 1920, one of the world's best known architects, Le Corbusier was funded by a French altruist to create a social housing complex for industrial workers in Pessac, France. It...

Social Housing Typology: What Works. What Doesn’t. A Personal View.

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Australia, with its eyes locally focused but with a continuing awareness of developments around the world, has tackled social housing in a variety of ways. However well-meaning, some have...

WA COVID-19 Recovery Plans Include Green Social Housing

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What an opportunity to kick-start the national housing industry by building much needed social housing! There is a great deal of activist push for this COVID-19 inspired recovery program....

Black Or White, There’s Real Power in Cooperation And Community

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How to compete with aggressive land developers, particularly in the largely unshackled competition of free-enterprise nations such as the United States? Land developers have pockets lined with cash to outbid...

From Vienna, Social Housing Designed With Social Purpose In Mind

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Social Housing as nuisance/necessity for the human scrapings at the bottom of the income barrel? Not in Austria (and particularly Vienna) where social housing is the housing of choice...

The Slow Drift Back To Toxic 19th Century Urban Life & Housing

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Everywhere, higher levels of COVID-19 sickness and death are being associated with urban regions of low income, overcrowding and substandard housing conditions. These regions often contain, or are exclusively...

Students Create Financing Model To Protect Affordable Housing From Market Forces

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HUD (the US Department of Housing and Urban Development) sponsors an annual affordable housing competition. The competition is open to university students across the country. The site chosen for this...

Homeless-Built Homes: From A Tiny Start To A High-Rise Tomorrow?

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Anyone can learn to do-it-yourself (DIY), even this writer's corporate-lawyer father who turned foot-wide biscuit tins into lamps that never fell over. An intriguing project in Oakland California is assisting...

Building Better Tenant Experience

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Moving to new housing is a very big deal. This is something that community based agencies, non-profits and charities understand well. As the housing market has changed, community agencies...

New Life For 100 Year Old Buildings?

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Climate change research has identified a number of emission culprits. One of those culprits is older housing stock. A team in Glasgow is setting out to figure out how...

Low And No Income Housing: Putting Lipstick On The Pig In The Middle

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On one hand, the horrorTry: America Has A Bogeymen Under The Bed: Social Housing. Austria Sure Doesn’t! and gloryTry: Project Towers Reboot: Let’s Dump The Bad Attitude of social...

Groundbreaking Decision In Vancouver For People Who Are Homeless And People Who Are Two Spirited

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Tamara Loyer runs a drop-in for trans women in Vancouver. Loyer welcomed the announcement about a housing project that will be dedicated to people who are transgendered and people...

Are There Future Needs For ‘Emergency’ Social Housing?

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Architects are necessarily opportunistic guns for hire, with one project bid for and landed, only to be followed by another, and another. The events of COVID-19 have triggered a demand...

A New Irish PPP Approach For Meaningful Volumes Of Social Housing

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This website has been rather relentless in its criticism of social housing built by public private partnerships (PPPs), which tag a small social housing caboose onto the back end...

Reviving Adam Smith

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A researcher at University College London draws attention to Adam Smith's theory of economic rent. Smith is widely known as the the father of free market economics. The theory...

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...

Different Strokes For Different Folks: Social Housing Design Lab, Mexico

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Looking for a some rays of sunshine that reflect a better housing future for low income families? Different climates, different histories, different social and cultural communities: a Mexican 'laboratory for...

Proven Yet Abandoned: Lofty Public Housing Aspirations Can Be Regained

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In the final quarter of the 20th century, public housing on both sides of the Atlantic fell victim to 'Thatcherite' small-government philosophy. Governments don't belong in the housing business....

Hong Kong Social Housing: Different Strokes House 50% Of Folks

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During the 20th century, different nations found different reasons to develop different forms of social housing. Exceptionalist America more or less did theirs one way for one reason in one...

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,...

Home Sweet Social Housing Home

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Nostalgia for something never experienced? Such is the feeling of a Boston Globe article, which yearns for a form of housing never successfully taken hold in North America. The...

Social Housing Futures Confederation Takes Shape In United Kingdom

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For some decades, boots-on-the-ground UK local councils and housing associations have followed orders from national government generals hellbent on creating social housing more efficiently and cheaply by hiring mercenary...

Social Housing Future Challenge: Overcoming Decades Of Management Contempt

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With growing numbers of low income residents in North America paying more than half their income in rent, there's a pressing need for scalable housing solutions that do not...

Social Housing Reno: Service To Tenants? Or To Housing Industry?

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Local Housing Authorities are finding themselves in almost-impossible situations when it comes to selling long-suffering tenants on the benefits of repairs and renovations. Why are social housing tenants frightened about...

Visionary ‘Green to Last’ For Next Generation Social Housing?

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Those who have worked in the business of providing or maintaining social housing inevitably come up against a general public attitude that those in need of public assistance don't deserve...

From Wood To Brick To Wood Again. Could Low Income Housing Come Full Circle?

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A pair of photographs reflects a depression-era pattern: tumbledown wooden slums in New Orleans, LA, pictured above, replaced by sturdy brick government-built social housing pictured below. St. Thomas Street, New...

Can Housing Markets Co-exist? 10-Pin For ‘Haves’, Gutterball For ‘Have-Nots’?

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In that Great Big 'Bowling For Dollars' Industry that develops and builds housing, it's all just millions of happy families served by an unregulated industry that will build more...

What Is Remunicipalization? What Has It Got To Do With Affordable Housing?

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If you're interested in affordable housing, we'd like to 'water' down your experience for a few moments in service of one large word: remunicipalization. (You may need a sip...

Truly Affordable: Time To Stop ‘Tinkering at the Housing Margins’

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Two years ago, Homes For All published a report entitled Communities Over Commodities: People-Driven Alternatives to an Unjust Housing System. At the time American politics, particularly at the federal level, battled...

Still Hope For Public Housing: Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens Renewal Wins National Award

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According to free market conservatives, American public housing is dead. It was the victim of its socialist anti-free-enterprise roots and of the lower class inhabitants who, in fits of...

Forward To The Past. Unaffordable Homes Push Salford Towards Council Housing.

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What happens when the brave new affordable world of public/private partnerships meets only half the annual demand for affordable housing? What happens? It's obvious. The demand for affordable housing just...

Social Housing In Britain: History

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A nice little easy-read history of Social Housing in Britain from the BBC: A history of social housing
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