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Musical Chairs: When The Chairs Are Homes, No Fun When The Music Stops

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How close is your bum to a seat when the music stops? Musical chairs is all about a lack of choice — shared by all the contestants in the...

A Study, Not Just Speculation, Links Poverty In Maryland To COVID Infection

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A constant theme of pandemic reporting worldwide has been the greater number of COVID-19 cases in poorer neighbourhoods, compared to those which may be close by, but at least...

Are Housing Costs Eating Away At You?

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How does spending more than 30% of income on housing affect households with low incomes? How does it feel to borrow money to buy food so that your loved...

Good Census Sense: Sharing Wealth By Standing Up To Be Counted

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People have been collecting census data for at least 2000 years. What began as simple head count has become quite sophisticated today. Why should we be counted? What good...

COVID-19 Recovery: Reversing Decades Of Labour Discrimination

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Olugbenga Ajilore cautions that the national unemployment rate may not be the best measurement for planning the U.S.'s economic recovery from COVID-19. Ajilore, a senior economist at the Center For...

Intimate Partner Violence: New Directions For Programming

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Governments looking to ramp up their programming to help people living with intimate partner (aka domestic) violence have a new resource to help with their planning. Anova and Changing Ways...

Urban Redevelopment: A Case Of Failing To See Who’s There

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Shelterforce has just published an article about local residents opposing development in their neighbourhood in Camden, New Jersey. Far from being the typical NIMBY story, where people with money...

Right Housing Concept, Wrong Clientele?

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Here's a senior's housing project in Portugal with a different approach to its personal alarm system. Retirement residences and nursing homes commonly have buttons for residents to push or...

Welcoming A Tidal Wave Of Battlefield Migrants To Europe’s Pre-Existing Housing Crisis

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The BBC has compiled a kaleidoscope of compelling voices to describe the incredible impact of a European migrant crisis that has changed how countries worldwide relate to their underclasses. In short...

Can Solar Power Be A Cost-Saving Retrofit For Social Housing?

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In some countries (America in particular), decades of neglect to social housing has presented an overwhelming mountain of repairs for many local housing authorities.Try: Can A Public Trust Help...

Domestic Violence And The Poverty Trap

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In Australia, COVID-19 has dealt a double blow to people who experience domestic violence. The lockdowns have made it much more difficult to leave and/or avoid violent partners. At...

Eviction Reprieve For UK Tenants?

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Private sector tenants who are in arrears in the UK have been given a reprieve from eviction until September 20, 2020. The tenants learned of this decision just two...

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?

Praying To Protect Renters In Britain

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Two members of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom have resorted to prayer to protect tenants who are at risk of being evicted. Skeptical about the power...

As the COVID Wolf Lurks Outside, Evictions Will Soon Push Millions Out The Door

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What happens in a country like XXXX when YYYY renters are evicted? The Big Question is being asked in many countries around the world. Meanwhile, governments proceed as if...

Poor Folk Get Connected As COVID turns Homework Into Schoolwork

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For several years now, it's been clear in America and other countries that internet access is growing in importance for providing individuals, old as well as young, to equal...

Will New Large Social Housing Projects Become ‘Food Deserts’?

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For those low and no income residents lucky enough to win a lottery and move into one of the handfuls of subsidized housing, finding food will not be a...

Abrupt Endings: The Child Welfare System

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Instant adulthood. That's what's expected of youth in Ontario's child welfare system. The idea behind the child welfare system is to provide stability for young people as they grow...

Housing Commodification Weakens Social Reproduction: The Undoing Of Cities?

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Is social reproduction a suitable topic for an affordable housing web site? In the hands of David Madden, definitely. The term 'social reproduction' incorporates the activities and the processes that...

Energy Cost Of Home Shelter Suggests Urban Development Policy Options

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Why does COVID-19 discriminate? In the U.S, the Centre for Disease Control reports that Black people — some 13 per cent of the total US population, accounts for close...

Youth: Tomorrow’s Recovery From Today’s Pandemic Wolf At the Door

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Like the three little pigs who are inclined to stop shaking with fear when they no longer hear the wolf huffing and puffing outside their doors, we are slowly...

Preventing Homelessness Takes More Than Imagination

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In the article linked below, researchers in Wales report about how strategies to prevent homelessness can be undermined, rendering them imaginary. Iolo Madoc-Jones and colleagues wanted to investigate the effects...

A 12-Step Program For Woke Housing-Crisis Nations, Courtesy Of Ireland

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Much of the world, if not all, is addicted to housing, even to the point of declaring it a human right. It seems to be part the natural human...

King County, Washington Faces Up To The Real Cost Of Truly Affordable Housing

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Two years ago, the consulting firm McKinsey & Company delivered a controversial report to King County, Washington. It called for spending a quarter of a billion dollars a year...

Guardian Public Service Awards: Good Housing News From A Great Paper

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Before getting into The Guardian Housing and Public Service Awards, an affordablehousingaction.org Top Affordable Housing Newspaper award to The Guardian itself. The Guardian is right up there in quality with the top handful...

Will Canada-wide Public Housing Wait Times Prod More Construction?

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Too much to expect, we assume, for Canada to announce the arrival of a huge burst of actual housing on National Housing Day. Maybe some kind of national surprise...

Canadian Cities Want More Balanced Federal Affordable Housing Strategy

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When Canada's sleeping giant (in this case, its federal government) finally awoke to a variety of housing crises in 2017, it did so with a 10 year, 40 billion...

Outside the Box: Humboldt County, CA Thinks The Unthinkable

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Has Humboldt County California gone commie? Or maybe just half as sinful — socialist? The major purpose of government at all levels is to collect individual problems into solutions for...

The Cost Burden Of Pursuing Distant Opportunity: Unaffordable Housing

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Getting on the success bandwagon by upping stakes and moving to a new location has always been pricy. Whether it's anecdotal history from the gold rush, or more recent...

Explaining First-time Homelessness Rise In Boise, Idaho

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According to some, there is no housing crisis in AmericaTry: Turn Menace Into Myth: How To Bigfoot An Affordable Housing Crisis. It takes a pretty blinkered view of housing events...

Why Can’t California Super-Government Pass Affordable Housing Crisis Bills?

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In California, the Democratic Party owns veto-resistant super-majorities in both houses of congress, together with the governorship. American governments just don't get any more powerful than this! And yet, faced...

Creating A Tax-Foreclosure Free City: Why Bother?

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Most city spending is to the benefit of their citizens. Not surprising, therefore, that cities generally take a dim view of those who do not pay municipal taxes. For...

Many Youth Who Leave Foster Care Become Homeless. What To Do?

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Young people approaching the age of majority are in a time of transition: finishing high school, starting post-secondary education, or employment, leaving home. Young people aging out of foster care...

Unaffordable Housing Dooms Parents And Children To Domestic Violence, Or . . .

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A recent Australian study explains how the lack of affordable housing condemns abused parents and children to domestic violence or . . . Or? Or homelessness. Which would you choose? Put yourself...

Homelessness: Most of What You Believe About It Is Quite Probably Wrong

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There are not that many homeless people, but those few are persistent in putting themselves in our faces, sleeping in our city doorways, panhandling on our streets. Wrong. Young people...

Down And Out In Delaware: Some Hard Facts

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Like the meaning of 'affordable' housing, the meaning of 'homelessness' is frequently parsed or twisted by special interests (or by the ignorant) who wish to push one agenda or...

To A Business High Priest At The Altar Of Affordable Housing: A Little Research, PLEASE!

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A little research, PLEASE. This means you, Catherine Holt, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO and author of an opinion piece in the Victoria, B.C. Times Colonist. You have us in...

Fire-Bombing Banks In Ireland: A Warning For Other Nations?

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The Irish are quick to anger when the border with Northern Ireland is involved. Just recently, someone advised a Belgian bank to hire Unionist security people from the Republic...

Why Don’t We Plan For Slow-Rolling Emergencies When We Know They Are Coming?

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Unaffordable housing is, for an increasing many, an inconvenience. A major home life and work disruption, quite possibly. A temporary upheaval that may affect lifelong happiness, no question. But when...

Florida Hurricane Disaster Strikes Affordable Housing, Trapping Tenants In A Roofless Never-Never Land

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Hurricane Michael left half of Panama City's Housing Authority apartments destroyed, and other properties accepting Section 8 vouchers in a similar state. What happens to the rights of low...

Taking Urban Renewal By Storm: Climate Change Intensifies Affordable Housing Crisis

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North Carolina climate change deniers can no doubt point to other reasons for changing weather patterns over land as well as unusual storm surges at sea. But nobody can...

UK Universal Credits + Pathetic Rollout = Homelessness Disaster For Many

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On the surface, the United Kingdom's Universal Credit plan appears to streamline government support credits and income supplements by rolling them into a single credit. That 'universal' credit replaces some...

A Real Iowa Groundhog Day: Prison, Homelessness, Joblessness, Prison, Homelessness. . .

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In the comic movie fantasy 'Groundhog Day' a newscaster is forced to re-live the same event over and over again as punishment for his self-important arrogance. In the real life...

‘Affordable’ Expiry Dates: The Ticking Time Bomb Under US Affordable Homes

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"Public-private partnerships can build American affordable housing more cheaply and more effectively than the failed 3/4 century experiment in public housing." Is it possible that the above premise was on...

Who Gets Evicted And Why? Louisville Studies Its Ugly Housing Entrails.

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Evictions are a useful 'miner's canary' for the health of a city's rental housing. Instead of falling off the perch dead in a pocket of dangerous gas, the eviction...

Pro-Business Support for Sarasota County’s Commitment to Low Wage Earners

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It's unusual to see the business community commending politicians for their compassion and arguing for holding the line on taxes as a measure to prevent homelessness. Read more in...

From Problem To Crisis To Catastrophe: American Affordable Housing History

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Beginning with personal stories of today's deepening housing crisis, an excellent in-depth article introduced below traces a progression of American affordable housing problems and government solutions through the twentieth...

American Homelessness: Sorriest Urban Scene, Or. . . Not An Urban Scene At All

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Freedom of movement is the tiniest of advantages possessed by the unemployed and unhoused. Disparaged as ‘rootlessness’, whether exercised in ambitious hope of finding work, or for survival on...

Finland Ended Homelessness, Thanks To Housing First. But Not JUST Housing First!

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In a world plagued by a lack of affordable housing, and rising homelessness, the Finnish have seemingly achieved a miracle by eradicating homelessness in their nation. The 'saint' responsible...

Afraid of A Home Invasion? One That Never Ends? Imagine The Horror!

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It couldn't happen, could it, except perhaps in a creepy, frightening movie? A stranger suddenly invades your home, demanding, threatening, and turning your life into a nightmare day after...
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