The Selective Seduction Of Adult Homework: For Whom The Siren Doesn’t Call

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This scribbler, having been one for much of his adult life, has always enjoyed the benefits of working from home. Also suffered some of the consequences — it's not...

Rentierization: Landlords & Speculators With Their Foot On The Gas Burning Your Dollars

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What exactly is 'rentierization' (aside from being this year's Grand Loser in the catchy word creation contest)? An newly-published study by the University of Sydney and the University College London...

The Hunt For Green Social Housing On A Shoestring: Wales Edition

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Handfuls of social housing have been built as a nuisance requirement of any free-enterprise housing project in the UK. The failures of this coercive social housing program are many....

A New Deal That Thinks Big For Social Housing

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Marvin L. Mitchell calls for a "new deal" to construct millions of affordable homes for the African American population in the United States. Mitchell, an African American who teaches...

Aussie Trash Talk Blights Social Housing Future. Why Does It Happen?

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Propaganda is an effective tool for stigmatizing social housing. Governments trade in propaganda, swaying the view of their citizens for cynical reasons that range from a political ideology of...

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...

Social Rents Reduced — Comeuppance for Newham Pontius Pilate Performance

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In the UK, there at last seems a limit to washing your social housing hands. To be sure, the national government continues to get away with its scheme of...

Historic Affordability: Dancing-Lady Sweat-Equity on Houses Wearing Silly Hats

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For an unlikely look at how the past can inform the future, see and read how plastics can be replaced by seaweed that is everywhere, how multi-ton roofing can be...

Students Pitch In To Build Housing For People Who Are Homeless

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The foremost affordable housing charity in the world proved the method: unskilled volunteers can be enticed to pay to travel to another continent, make a cash donation, then contribute...

Health Services In US Supported To Use Housing First Treatment

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The evidence supporting Housing First continues to pile up. The Community Preventive Services Task Force in the U.S. compared results from studies of Housing First and Treatment First and have...

Can Partnerships, Not Legalities, Solve Kamloops’ Social Discord Problems?

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Social discord between businesses, neighbours, social service agencies and their customers seems to be an inevitable feature of modern urban life. Chronic nuisance, perceived or actual, is often the target...

What Is The Faircloth Amendment? How Is It Crippling Social Housing In America?

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The Faircloth Amendment, passed in 1999, attempts to freeze American social housing in time. Now and in the future, cities may destroy public housing. Cities may neglect public housing...

Can A Public Trust Help Solve NYCHA’s Multi-Billion Dollar Repair Woes?

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With years and years and billions and billions of dollars worth of government neglect lying heavily on its shoulders, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is understandably grasping...

Good Housing You Deserve? Not Possible By Capitalist Speculation

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The ultimate degradation of the term 'affordable housing' has been reached by returning it to a strictly individual expression. Pat YOUR pockets. Is it affordable to YOU? How much...

Social Housing Policy And The Art Of Do-Nothing Apologetics

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In a 1946 essay, George Orwell proposed that “In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.” Surely the lack of truly affordable housing for...

Hotels For Houses

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Vacant hotel rooms have been identified as a potential source of new housing on a large scale. These particular rooms are in the Los Angeles area, where as many...

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...

Charitable Housing Associations Step Up

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Housing associations in and around London, England have been increasingly frustrated in their efforts to build housing that is affordable for households with low and very low incomes.Try: UK...

Canary’s Song: Australia Needs Social Housing, Other Big Construction Projects

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Australia went at COVID-19 'hard and early'. It is now moving on to recovery schemes well in advance of countries such as the United States, which continues to struggle with...

Architectural Design For Care And Well-Being

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Pretty much everyone is hearing about the poor quality of life for seniors that has been exposed by COVID-19. Care conditions have been held to blame, but the roots...

Tips For The Willing — Building Support For Social Housing

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When Alexander von Hoffman at Harvard penned History Lessons for Today’s Housing Policy, he was writing in 2012, during the Obama administration. What possible relevance could that have for...

America’s Public Housing: Born To Die

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In Vienna, a sizeable portion of the population lives in public (social) housing. We're not talking just low and no income folks, but a wide range of middle class...

“Public Housing Saved My Life.” From Racist Abuse To Aussie Senator

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Critics focused on the failure of public housing find it convenient to blame its woes upon the collective inabilities of its residents. This dismissal has been much easier to...

Making The Prevention Of Homelessness A Priority: The Role Of Social Innovation

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Homelessness is not something to wish on anyone. This is especially true for young people. Instead, we should put a priority on preventing young people from experiencing homelessness in...

Prefab: A History of Hope For Truly Affordable Housing

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Over the last few years, the free market home-building industry has demanded various forms of government bribery in order to shift its attention away from its preferred profitable activity,...

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...

Social Housing Vs Social Home: A Meaningful Difference

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From a likely source: how to squeeze the last drops of profit from the design and construction of a social housing project. The result is housing, but only the...

Isle Of Eigg And The Tale Of Two Landlords: When ‘Us’ Replaced ‘Them’

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Does your government really work for you and all the other people who share your corner of the world? Or does it really serve itself, and grant its grace...

Homeless Sabrina Bags One of Society’s Childhood Dream Jobs

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It's so dreadfully convenient to be able to dismiss the social tragedy of homelessness by harping on about the losers of society who have been condemned by fate to live...

Empowering People With Experience To Prevent Homelessness

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If we are ever going to end homelessness, we need to prevent it from happening in the first place. Getting to prevention requires changes to multiple systems, services and...

Homelessness Underfoot: Grey Problems For Black And White Decision-Making

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This post is about a homeless encampment in Kingston, Ontario that is operating with permission from the local council. It is about the people who are part of the...

Green New Deal Without Buddies And Beer And Football? Forget It!

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For many, a Green New Deal is founded on new forms if human living that respect the balance of life on our planet, a life once assumed to be...

Don’t Rebuild, Build Anew: Progressive Formulae For Post-COVID Canada

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Canada is a polite country and it's sometimes possible for progressives to get a word in edgeways without a nuclear blast of scorn from the centre and right. That's...

New And Old Pandemic-Inspired Architecture For Future Social Housing

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Architecture inspired by pandemics? Who knew? Serious architecture students, no doubt. But both the broad idea and the detail behind architecture that helps homeowners to cope with a pandemic...

Prejudice And Zoning Convenience: Lower Classes Can’t Do Community?

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Decades of government-abetted shaming in North America have turned social housing into a monster. Its enduring image is one of menacing towers, either filled with the malignant detritus of...

Social Housing: Finding Middle Ground Between Managers & Tenants

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Recently we've been exploring necessary steps that will need to be taken in order to allow future social housing communities to flourish. In this regard, we are not giving...

Could Social Housing Kickstart COVID-Stalled Building Industries?

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For decades, many governments inclined to goose their housing industry have favoured assistance to new homeowners, rather than stimulating the economy by supporting new rental housing construction. Australia has...

Housing Ombudsmen: Whose Ombuddies Will They Actually Be?

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The ever-growing low-income housing crisis is largely due to the uncontrolled free-market commodification of housing that raises rents and purchase prices beyond the reach of those with small, or...

The West Has Elevated Nations Of Millions. Why Not Its Own Homeless?

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A must-watch Ted TalkThe Best Stats You've Ever Seen uses global statistics in an extraordinary animated way that is highly visual and actually understandable! The talk and its attendant animation punctures the...

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...

From Australia, A 2-Step, Costed, Plan To House EVERYONE

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Without any true desire by governments to make the changes needed to end homelessness, the problem has been growing towards a crisis in many nations. That was before COVID-19. Now,...

What Is Social Exclusion, Anyway?

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Imagine three sets of people who are asked to describe their housing search: The first set are one person households looking for a one bedroom apartment. One is employed,...

Homeless Services For Indigenous People In Canada Get A Boost

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A group of researchers in Canada has just issued a guideline for those assisting Indigenous people experiencing homelessness. This assistance is most timely, as Indigenous people are eight times...

Political Shaming Has All But Killed Social Housing In America

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Whatever the many reasons behind the collective government destruction of social housing in America, the mechanism of that destruction was straightforward — shaming. Shaming those who lived in social housing...

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...

A Chorus Calling For Social Housing In Victoria, Australia

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Over 250 individuals and groups have given input to an Inquiry Into Homelessness that is being conducted by the Victoria state government in Australia. Public housing is prominent among...

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,...

Gender Responsive Standards For Housing, Please!

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A groundbreaking meeting was held recently between two UN bodies, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Women (UN/Women). The two groups are talking about developing...

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...

American Public Housing? Thumbs Down! Social Housing? Thumbs Up!

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In North America there are two ways of dealing with the term 'public housing.' One, which we've chosen of late, has been to blur the distinction between it and...

US Public Housing. Learning To Avoid It? Or to Build It Better?

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Three decades or so ago, it suited the political times to declare American social housing dead. If not entirely gone and forgotten, still-remaining projects have ever since been treated...

Winning Housing Crisis Whack-A-Mole With A Social Housing Mallet

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Axios.com has received wisdom from realtor associations, builder associations, and renter associations in order to frame a case for social housing. No, they haven't noticed what they've done. But they've done...

Ivory Towers in Montreal, Quebec: Elevated Beyond Housing Responsibility?

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Congratulations to housing activists from Comité d’action de Parc-Extension in the city of Montréal, Québec, where rapid gentrification and a new campus extension of Université de Montréal are driving...

Lloyd George Doesn’t Know My Father. It Shouldn’t Matter

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A silly, satirical British song was still sung by drunken rugby players more than forty years after David Lloyd George served as British Prime Minister in World War I...

Green Social Housing: Impossible Dream Or Old News?

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One way or another, many feel that social housing is too expensive for America, even as many other nations find ways to utilize this truly affordable form of housing....

Post COVID-19 Twofer? Tackling Unemployment And A Housing Crisis

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In North America, the green parties are still a public curiosity rather than the muscular political force that they have become in Europe. In the fiercely two-party United States,...

Colorado Considers Coming Late To The PPP Dance. Should It Bother?

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20 years ago, the Colorado Supreme Court decided that classic public private partnership (PPP) 'inclusionary zoning' projects were a form of rent control, expressly forbidden by legislation. This year, housing...

New York City Housing Plan Refocuses Towards ‘True’ Affordability

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New York City has broken some important ground with the release of a new report "Housing We Need." The City, at least from a reporting perspective, is apparently no...

L.A. Eminent Domain Fight Exposes Fatal LIHTC Affordable Housing Flaw

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The American Federal government's biggest tool for the creation of affordable housing is designed to help developers have their cake and eat it — building subsidies today, and free...

Public Housing Revisited: Just Who Was Disrespecting Who?

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How do you rationalize a responsible management position that impacts human lives and health when, thanks to an inadequate budget, you can't do your job either effectively or humanely? If,...

‘Socialist’ An Insult Right Up There With ‘Yr Mother Wears Hockey Socks’

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In America, aging red state populists are the last survivors of the good old Cold War days when anybody who was anybody checked daily for Reds under the beds. In...

Speaking The Unspeakable: New Public Housing In L.A.

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Aussies Target All Income Levels In Build-to-Rent Project Planted On A Land Trust

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Tax credit and subsidized affordable housing projects need not be be solely based upon an ownership model. However, it seems that many developers would much prefer to avoid build-to-rent...

British PM On Unaffordable Housing: Land Bankers To Blame

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In a recent speech committing to more British affordable housing, Prime Minister Theresa May was quick to find culprits everywhere, but not so much on her own doorstep. The...

Right Of First Refusal: Government Interference Or Affordable Housing Savior?

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For all of its physically attractive qualities, gentrification of inner cities is becoming a barrier to affordable housing world-wide. In North America, government action is limited by 'hands off...
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