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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