Socially Rented Homes And A Green Recovery

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Public housing in Scotland is leading the way to a green recovery, at least according to two people who work at Shepperd and Wedderburn, a UK law firm. Andrew...

Albany Housing Authority Is Ducking COVID News Sensationalism — Plans To DIY

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The housing authority in Albany, New York, is apparently fed up with the cacophony of amplified voices providing changes in direction, advice and best practices from moment to moment...

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...

Landlords Vs. Tenants: The New Warm Is Cold

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The US is suffering the effects of climate change along with many other countries. Like those countries, it has taken literally centuries before both landlords and governments have come...

Suffering From Illness? Take One Tiny House and Call Us When You’re Better

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Imagine that a member of your family has a contagious disease, and your home is too small to protect other family members from the risk of infection. No problem!...

Delaware Experiment: Can Open Door To Public Housing Keep Former Felons From Reoffending?

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For many years, U.S. governments at every level have been determined to provide no "free ride" for those newly released from various prison systems. One incredibly self-defeating consequence of these...

Clever Designs for Tomorrow’s Hobo Jungles

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Does a spontaneous camp of the starving homeless profit from design or planning? There are architects who believe so. Applying the thought to past hobo jungles of the Great Depression...

Nanaimo BC Activists Want Social Housing As A Neighbourhood Feature

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A new article about Nanaimo, B.C. affordable housing is an example of growing sophistication by activists who weigh in on truly affordable housing proposals for their local neighbourhoods. The traditional,...

UK Tenants and Landlords Propose Government Assisted Sharing Structure For COVID-19 Losses

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OMG, landlords and Tenants are getting together to put forward a comprehensive plan that will share the burden of COVID-19 with the government. Brilliant! Can this be a signal...

A Call For Change As Promises To Build Social Housing Fail To Deliver

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The government of Western Australia recently announced plans to build 15,000 units of green social housing units as part of its COVID-19 recovery strategy.Try: WA COVID-19 Recovery Plans Include...

Is Belle Park On Its Way To Becoming A Land Trust?

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Last month, we shared a story about a homeless encampment at Belle Park in Kingston, Ontario.See: Homelessness Underfoot: Grey Problems For Black And White Decision-Making As of today, the...

Could Remote Working Herald A Transit and Housing Revolution?

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The internet has had a remarkable impact on human life, creating powerful new ways in which people can interact. But business has been reluctant to abandon itself to the...

Keys To Ending Homelessness

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A team of 15 researchers across Canada wanted to find out what services helped people experiencing homelessness who are living with a mental illness. They reviewed every published study...

Women’s Experience Of Homelessness: What Are We Missing?

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A colleague of mine always asks two questions: what are we missing and who is being left out? These questions are especially important in an era where funders and...

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...

Social Housing: A Lifeline For Vancouver’s Oppressed And Overburdened

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Jen St. Denis, a journalist in Vancouver, British Columbia, is investigating the triple whammy of high housing costs, COVID-19 and the current stock of social housing. In 2019, the city...

COVID-19 And A Tested Program That Helps Tenants To Pay Rent

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This is a shout out to the Rent Assist program, which operates in the province of Manitoba. It helps all tenants with low incomes to pay their rent and...

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...

Canada’s Alternative Budget Urges Feds To Step Up To The Social Housing Plate

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives issued its 2020 alternative budget just as the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives/Centre Canadien De Politiques Alternatives is a...

English Tenants Earn The Right To Kick The Tires On Housing Rentals

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In the midst of the COVID-19 uproar, a new law benefiting English tenants crept into being with little fanfare. Tenants and landlords have for 35 years been 'protected' by the Landlord...

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...

What Can Be Done About Criminality Linked to Housing Instability?

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Housing insecurity and criminality are linked. How, and why? For decades in North America, many were quick to answer. People who are housing insecure — low and no income tenants...

COVID-19: Staying At Home To Stay Safe From The Virus May Be The Least Of Your Worries

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Being at home may avoid COVID-19, but it's not safe for people who live with a partner who is violent. The French media outlet MTV found that reports of...

Better Late Than Never? Credit Reporting Public Housing Tenant Rental Data

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A recent study commissioned by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduces the issue succinctly: "HUD subsidizes the rent of nearly one million very low-income households who...

Australian Researchers Call For Social Housing To End Homelessness

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In a recent report from Australia, researchers studied the assistance that is offered to people who are homeless and living with a mental illness. The report recommends changes to...

Finding The Path To Belonging

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Researchers based at Calgary's Elizabeth Fry Society have completed a report about how indigenous elders and knowledge keepers help people to forge paths to leave homelessness. The report focusses...

How Screwed Are You, Young Adults? The New Statesman Has The Stats

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In the 1970's, 2/3 of Britain's renting population lived in social housing. Not surprising then, that this form rent geared to income living particularly suited young people. Low rent...

Is Waiting 1.5 Centuries For Social Housing Good For UK Business?

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Business-friendly governments in both the United Kingdom and America cling stubbornly to the notion that mixed income housing developments can build enough truly affordable housing to ease national housing...

Indigenous Women’s Report About Housing Conditions In Canada

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada recently issued a research report about the current housing conditions of indigenous women in Canada. Individual communities may declare a state of emergency...

City NYCHA Dependence Highlights Fundamental LIHTC Weakness

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One less-than-obvious but by no means less-than-important takeaway comes from a New York City report on Homelessness just released. That is the inherent weakness of Low Income Housing Tax...

Co-Living: It Can’t Be All Bad, Can It?

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This is for those who have never been a starving student sharing a home space with one or more 'might-one-day-be-friends', but not if they carry on the same way. This...

Choices For Indigenous Women Seeking Safety In Remote Communities?

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has recently published a report about intimate partner violence in remote communities. The report reviews existing academic research and arranges it thematically.The themes...

Social Housing Dignity From The Ground Up

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The California Town of Santa Clarita is a world away from the 2017 social housing inferno that killed so many in London England. Grenfell Tower residents were ultimately victims of...
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