Electronic Canadian Eviction Adjudication A Sausage Factory For Homelessness

0
Canadians have a reputation of being bland and cautious, but you can be sure that we look for reasons to counter with smugness. Unfortunately, on the lookout to recast...

The Shift: Committing To Housing As Shelter For All, Not Investment Opportunity

0
Leilani Farha may no longer be the UN's Special Rapporteur on Housing,To check out the Special Rapporteur's mandate, see the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights: Special...

Updated – Domestic Abuse: Can/Should Social Landlords Handle It Better?

0
In the early days of COVID-19 we described temporary measures in Scotland to assist people experiencing domestic violence. Two groups led the design and the implementation of the temporary...

Minimum Wage . . . Living Wage. Will Ever The Twain Meet?

0
"Minimum wage" is a common name governments use in their quest for wage "fairness." It is the lowest wage legally permissible to pay a regular employee.Some categories of employment...

Updated – From Tents Without Rents To Sheds With Beds: “No Thanks” Either Way, Say Neighbours

0
Just over two years ago, we reported on tiny home communities that were being built in Seattle and other cities across the United States. Today, we're checking in again,...

How To Cut Financially Struggling People Off At The Knees: Let Me Count The Ways.

0
There is a significant range of views about social assistance, which provides emergency financial support. For some, the assistance is considered to act as a deterrent to getting a...

When The Little Engine That Could . . . Couldn’t. Public Housing in Singapore

0
Viewed by outsiders, Singapore has been remarkably successful in harnessing a social housing engine to pull its citizens to become world #1 in home ownership. Success has come about...

Multiple USA Crises: Could A New Public Housing Dawn Fix Them?

0
In the midst of a pandemic, Joe Biden has stepped to the plate. Could one powerful swing towards public housing renewal knock a series of national problems out of...

A Health Emergency On Top Of A Housing Emergency

0
Cynthia Puddu, who teaches at MacEwen University in Edmonton, Alberta, is calling for short and long term changes to housing and homelessness programs across North America. Before COVID-19, housing for...

Staying Permanently Housed in The UK: A Homeless Do-It-Yourself Version

0
The globally respected and successful Housing First program to help end homelessness could only be partially implemented in the UK's hurried Everybody In initiative over a period of two...

Poverty May Mean Hardship. Beyond Poverty, Destitution Is Life-Threatening

0
Poverty comes in many shades, from careful spending, through struggles to stretch limited income, serious belt-tightening and deeper into financial desperation. All the way to destitution. Destitution has been defined as...

Howling Wolves Outside? Sticks Or Bricks Housing Defines How You Cope.

0
Everybody knows that the older little piggies get, the more small-c conservative they become. Older piggies drift away from a youthful idealism and the need for change towards the...

Connecting Housing And Health – COVID Helps Provide Links

0
Chelsea, Massachusetts is a neighbour to Boston. Its level of COVID infections is 918/10,000, the highest in the state. Like other communities with high infection rates, Chelsea residents are...

Are Your Country’s Rents Ever-Increasing? Berlin Stops That Dead

0
Free market democracies offer little natural protection to their citizens when it comes to the "inalienable right" of gamblers to speculate for profit in life's essentials, such as food...

“A [COVID] Factor That Came Late To Public Attention: Ventilation.”

0
Ventilation came late to COVID 19 public attention? Really? Not in this writer's Canadian household, where stories out of East Asia early last spring described in diagrammatic detail how...

Aussie Feds Drop Social Housing Ball. Has Victoria, AU Picked It Up?

0
If noise in the press is any indication of public concern, then Australia's press over the last six months has resonated with cries from all quarters for the construction...

Greet Once-Employed, Now Homeless Hoards: No Salary, Not Even Tips

0
Good Value = Popular = Crowding = Exuberant Conversation = Infected Spittle-Spatter blown away in a patio wind, but sucked into deadly circulation when trapped indoors. The future of...

U.S. Evictions Tsunami? Still Looming As Some Hope To Cancel Rents

0
The U.S., like many countries staggering under the impact of COVID-19, is facing a hopefully-temporary crisis of individual and family poverty. One consequence has been an inability of a...

Tough Times For Landlords: The Shoe Remains Stuck On The Other Foot

0
In Ontario, Canada, a landlord can't even book a hearing for a juicy above-guideline rent increase, such is the demanding backlog facing the Landlord Tenant Board as it begins...

Enhanced Mental Health For Seniors In Public Housing

0
Patrick Raue is using his research to help seniors to stay connected. It is proving helpful to tenants living in public housing. At any time, it's important to keep connections...

COVID-19 & The Full Granular Horror of Public Private Housing Partnerships

0
Years of public housing destruction in the U.S. have been justified by a faith-based principle: that private enterprise can spend public money more efficiently and effectively than governments to...

Internet Connections Broaden The Definition of Housing Infrastructure

0
New housing salesperson to prospective buyer, "Wait a minute! Now you say you want electricity brought right into your home! That will be special order, and cost extra." Not a...

Rough Sleepers Just The Tip of Australia’s Homelessness Problem

0
A recent report for the Australian Homeless Monitor attempts to find a prescription for future action by making sense of Australia's homelessness problem as it has evolved over the...

Who Might Jesus Look Like In A Modern Canadian Winter?

0
The face of a Second Coming in today's modern world might be that of a man more effectively able to preach by what he practices, rather then practice his...

Calls For Public Housing: Part Of A UK Economic Recovery Plan

0
In the early days of COVID-19, Guardian reporter Laura Spinney asked if COVID was a consequence of the economy, and not the other way round.Try: COVID-19: Brought To You...

Sure, Farm Workers Can Social Distance Between Rows Of Tomatoes, But . . .

0
This summer, Ontario approached a limited control of the spread of COVID-19 and began to consider phased modification of its largely voluntary lockdown. But part of the population of...

COVID-19 Adds To The Impact Of Historic Discrimination

0
America's widest circulation newspaper, USA Today, has used its resources to find out who is being hit hardest by COVID-19 in the US. Picking six areas where there was...

A COVID Count Of Zero?

0
The BBC has uncovered a remarkable piece of news that has yet to be widely covered in the Canadian media: there have been zero cases of COVID-19 in Canada's...

New And Deadly Activist Now Calling For Homelessness Action: Winter

0
Worldwide, prompt government pandemic action has swept people experiencing homelessness into shelter. The effectiveness of these actions has been greeted with both praise, but also surprise. After years of...

Successful Capitalist Welfare State Singapore Plans Tomorrow’s Benefits For All

0
Perhaps you're a go-along-to-get-along free market apologist for the poor treatment that your nation metes out to the elderly, the poor and the unwell. Possibly you've drunk the koolaid about...

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

0
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...

Be Ready For COVID: Useful Advice From A Hard-Struck Indigenous Community

0
Roughly 2% of the Canadian population has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus to date. But in La Loche, Saskatchewan, an outbreak attacked more than 7% of the village,...

“For Your Own Good” Pandemic Lockdown An “Assault On Human Dignity”

0
In a classless society, presumably all are equal and deserve to be treated that way. Exceptions are presumably allowed when some disadvantaged group needs extra care and attention. This...

COVID-SARS-2 Prohibits ‘Business As Usual’. Posties Know Why

0
Coronavirus Futures: COVID-SARS-2 virus, first wave...second wave...third wave...nth wave. Will we still call the pandemic COVID-19, years after its year of appearance? Or will we declare successive waves as...

Do Tourists⬇ + COVID Homeless Shelters⬆ = Longer Term Opportunities?

0
Will the tourist industry rebound? Sooner or later, COVID-19 will degenerate into one more everyday menace to be avoided (e.g. everything from catching the flu to falling overboard from...

‘Land Of The Flee!’ Everyone Else Is Using This Quip, So Why Us?

0
Because we're not so much commenting on 'fed up' New Yorkers suddenly rediscovering the joys of suburbia. More, we're wringing our hands over the disruption COVID-19 is causing to...

Domestic Violence And The Poverty Trap

0
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...

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

0
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!...

COVID-19: Not Everyone Loves Hotel Rooms, Not Even The Homeless. But Some Do.

0
In Western Australia, officials reacted with dismay and annoyance when a number of people who were experiencing homelessness "looked the hotel room gift horse in the mouth" and abandoned...

A Peculiar, Militant Source of Vancouver Homeless Support. Is It For Real?

0
Vancouver B.C. neighbours have recently invented a compassionate new way of saying NIMBY to the homeless. Forget the old, "I hate you. I don't care where you live as long...

Blacks In Tampa, Florida Seem Less Likely To Contract COVID-19. Why?

0
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the Foundation) recently shared stories about COVID-19 responses in nine locations across the US.They include: Tacoma, Washington; San Juan County, New Mexico; Finney County,...

Students Pitch In To Build Housing For People Who Are Homeless

0
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...

Poverty + Overcrowding = COVID-19 Infection? Not In Vancouver, B.C.

0
Infectious disease specialists know that poverty and overcrowding as well as chronic health conditions are likely to produce increased numbers of infections in a epidemic or pandemic. In the case...

Will Aussie ‘Vertical Cruise Ships’ Founder Upon A ‘Generational Catastrophe’

0
A recent pandemic-centred article from Australia paints a lurid vision of a not-so-brave new world in which downtown high-rise tenants and owners retreat to the suburbs where they 'feel...

COVID-19: Public Support To A Special Group Of University Students

0
Young people who are wards of the state achieve instant adulthood when they reach the age of majority and "age out of care".Here's a US based post on this...

Can Floods Of Lawsuits Prevent Homeless Camp Bulldozing?

0
Casual notice of commentary on legal matters leads most Canadians to believe that the slightest American disagreements inevitably result in lawsuits, compared to our more occasional, sober and civilized(?)...

How “Minor” Bureaucratic Delays Magnify Into An Eviction Life Crisis

0
COVID-19 has meant less work or no work at all for too many people. National governments have stepped in with emergency financial assistance. In England, two million people had...

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

0
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...

Everyone In? Not Really.

0
England's Everyone In program drew a lot of attention. On Mar 27, 2020, the national government gave local Councils 48 hours to find housing for everyone who was sleeping...

Energy Cost Of Home Shelter Suggests Urban Development Policy Options

0
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...

We’ve Been Taught How To Map Overcrowding. Let’s Fix It.

0
The COVID-19 pandemic can be mitigated by social distancing — maintaining a healthy distance between any pair of people in order to prevent one passing on the infection to...

In A Pandemic, How Unreliable Are Social Housing Tenants?

0
These days, myth-making in America seems to be an approved government function from the top on down. One myth, which has been fashioned and matured over many years, is the...

American Activists Prepare For Tsunami Of COVID-Caused Evictionsc

0
In America, COVID-19-triggered eviction moratoriums — where they exist — are bandages over open wounds. Those who continue to be unable to pay their rent continue to fall further...

Will Pandemic Essential Workers Become Homeless After COVID-19?

0
The government in Australia offered free child care during COVID-19. In the years preceding the pandemic, the government had refused to increase public subsidies for child care services, so...

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Collected Artist, And Homeless For Years

0
No, you don't have to be one of life's failures (and therefore deserving of your fate) to become homeless. It can happen by simple economic accident in a world...

Renters Are Deer In Landlord’s Headlights. Banks Help Mortgagees Off The Road

0
Once upon a time, no sensible, successful individual or family would own a home when it was possible to rent. After all, who needs to worry about leaky faucets...

How We Come To Use Data To Fight Epidemics

0
Data is a big deal in COVID-19. This refers not to data plans, but the information that is collected, how it is analysed, how it is interpreted and how...

Aussie Rough Sleepers: Too Difficult To Deal With?

0
A number of governments, mid-pandemic emergency, are congratulating themselves for erasing rough sleeping through a dog's breakfast of temporary shelter solutions that sweep this most visible manifestation of homelessness...

The Why And How Of Social Housing In The Now Of COVID-19

0
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...

An Irish Social Housing Solution to Covid-19 Mortgage Failures?

0
When it comes to social housing, some governments behave like Sherlock Holmes wannabes obsessed with the significance of 'the dog that didn't bark in the night.' Particularly in North America,...

A City’s Coming Homelessness Disaster, By The Numbers

0
It's become fashionable these days for homelessness and housing activists to proclaim that once eviction moratoriums expire, 'many, many' will become homeless. Well, perhaps 'fashionable' is an inappropriate description...

Social Housing Needs To Be A Resource Of Everyday Heroes

0
It's always heartwarming to get a lift from the exploits of those who've seen a need to help their fellow citizens in a time of emergency. A recent article...

COVID-19 And Montréal’s Musical Apartment Game

0
July 1 has long been a banner day in Montréal. It's when many leases expire and a good chunk of the 500,000 renter households move house. This year's round of...

Like Moths To A Lantern, Homeless Victorians Pay To Flock Off To Paree

0
How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?) These post WWI song lyrics describe the bedazzled homecoming of American troops. They also sum up...

Australian Report Enumerates The Poor By Their Species

0
What does a poor person look like? In a society that dresses down, with billionaires lurking in hedges (fund, not privet) wearing t-shirts and trainers and backwards ball caps,...

Architects to Seek New Directions To The Top Of A Social Housing Tower

0
To high-rise or not to high-rise? With increasing environmental pressures to put homes near jobs, the convenience of highrises is not just a once apparent fact for social housing,...

COVID-19 Rent Relief In Social Housing: Not For Tenants With Income

0
There were huge sighs of relief in Scotland recently when the parliament decided against giving every tenant in social housing a rent holiday during COVID-19.Social housing tenants with income...

The Greening of Cities: Social Housing Can Play A Part

0
Many recent articles in this age of COVID-19 are touting new building. It's often considered one of the most, if not the most, important engine of an urban economy. Reflecting...

Past Pandemic Rent Strikes. Can They Inform Our Current Crisis?

0
Rent strikes occurred in New York City during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic. There are reflections in those events of current conditions that have triggered calls for rent strikes...

COVID-19 Relief For Private Rental Housing?

0
Evidence is growing that millions of unemployed renters in many nations have neither the money to pay their accumulating back rent, nor the ability to save and pay that...

Foundational Provision: What Is It? Why Must We Reinforce It Post COVID-19

0
Imagine the sunlit figure of a merchant leaning anxiously in an open shop doorway. Perhaps it is the proprietor, pleased with a government small business grant that has helped...

Social Housing Management: A Little More Of the Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing, Please

0
Decades of 'thatcherite' austerity government on both sides of the Atlantic have promoted the narrowest vision of housing for the most vulnerable: while its existence may be an objective...

COVID-19 Sheltering Action = Homelessness Job Done? Hardly.

0
The UK's kickass national government decision to house all homeless people in the face of COVID-19 has not been 100% successful. But it has come pretty darn close. It...

Hiding Rough Sleepers From COVID: Not Quite A Crackerjack Blessing?

0
One contemporary way of dismissing the crisis of homelessness: "They actually prefer living outdoors." Well, COVID-19 has come close to making truth out of that nonsense. But not necessarily in...

A Fifty Year 0ld Pointer Towards Both A Renewed Environment And Global Health

0
In a new/old Treehugger article, The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment: a late review, author Lloyd Alter pokes fun at his reaquaintance with an article some 50 years old. That...

COVID-19: Getting To The Bottom Of The Nursing Home Story In Ontario

0
In Ontario, Canada, there have been two COVID-19 stories: one in the community and one in long term care homes. The number of outbreaks, and higher frequencies of COVID-19...

COVID-19: Together Is Coming Apart

0
We're all in this together. This sentiment is expressed by children and adults in the posters and signs that are going up to help us get through COVID-19. If...

Homes For The Homeless: Mission Impossible Or Impossible Missionaries?

0
In the United Kingdom, COVID-19 has demonstrated the awesome power of a government with a clear objective and the means to achieve it. Under the direction of the national...

Let Banging On Pots Be A Brief Stand-In For A Gift Of A Fine Social Home

0
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...

COVID-19 — England Steps Up Fight Against Domestic Violence And Sexual Slavery

0
The National Government in England has joined other countries in announcing additional funding for programs to assist people who experience domestic abuse, which has risen significantly during the COVID-19...

Australians Resist COVID-19 Path To Eliminate Homelessness

0
Lucky (or well-managed) Western Australia with its flattened COVID-19 caseload curve. It is no longer freaking into the air — a startled cat — like all the rest of...

The Question Of Handouts For . . . Evil? . . . Essential? Landlords

0
For anyone who is a renter (as this writer is) there's never any difficulty to finding some transgression, small or large, over which to gnash teeth. (For example my landlord's...

Scotland: COVID-19 Is Bringing Modest Good News To Some Renters

0
At the price of losing what may be an all-important local industry — tourism, renters in holiday destinations are seeing the impact of dramatic economic changes upon landlords. This is...

COVID-19 — Government Killed Work. Should It Kill Rent, Too? If So, How?

0
Shelterforce takes a lengthy look 'from the left' at the plight of renters without income to pay their rent. It focuses on rent cancellation for the duration of the...

Staying Home Is Not The Centre Point Of All COVID-19 Responses

0
Governments in Canada's far north have taken a different approach to the COVID-19 epidemic. They are encouraging residents to resume traditional practices of living on the land, rather than...

A New Yorker Update On The Slow-Rolling Rent Non-Payment Disaster

0
Shades of a long-gone American social safety net, shredded away in an 'every man for himself' world of modern profiteering where no human necessity is safe from predation. Ideas of...

COVID-19: Nursing Home Care — A Tale Of Two Provinces

0
Meet Laurie and Kim. They are over 80, and need help with activities daily living and the care of a nurse. They both live in privately operated nursing homes...

Tracing NY COVID-19 Death: A Broken Trail Towards Housing?

0
New York is suffering a tragedy befitting a country, not a city. This small, though densely packed, corner of the United States has the dubious honour of being harder...

COVID-19: Brought To You By Bats & Pangolins . . . Or. . . Inequality?

0
An intriguing article in The Guardian dares to turn the cause of pandemics on its head. It offers historical evidence that, whatever 'bug' might trigger an outbreak of illness, the...

Government Will Protect Your Homes When . . . What? Evicted Already?

0
Are you encouraged by national and regional government crisis measures to forestall evictions and mortgage foreclosures? Think again. There seems to be an inclination to believe that, by stalling the inevitable,...

Rent Strike ‘Cause We Gotta: Is It Just Lipstick On A Pig?

0
April 1 arrived with a whimper from renters. Across the U.S., COVID-19 related circumstances meant that at least 30% of renters could not pay rentSee in CNN: New Data...

Learning From The Past: Historic Housing Design For Health And Safety

0
From the trivial to the profound, from in-house to community-wide, here's a small collection of historical building and community design features from the past that might inform housing and...

Strange COVID-19 Bedfellows Press For Social Housing

0
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...

COVID-19 Exposes Glaring Weakness of PPP Housing Supplements

0
A great leap of faith permitted 'small-government' politics to largely abandon responsibility for social housing. Supposedly, one way or another, private enterprise can do things more economically and efficiently and...

The CARES Act: Evictions, Foreclosures On Pause For Some. Then What?

0
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...

Sure, You Could Afford The Rent, Just. Until COVID-19 Ate Your Veggies

0
Food distribution in North America is a complex, sophisticated business that runs smoothly in all but the worst times. These ARE the worst times. What Has Food Distribution Got To Do...

Covid-19 Comic Relief: How’s Your Diphtheria?

0
Okay, its a little off our usual topic but we note, courtesy of the The New York Times, that chilblains are the latest in a growing list of signs...

New Scottish End-Homelessness Recipe: 1. Find The Right Disease

0
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,...

COVID-19 Offers A Way To Wrestle Land Out Of Free Market Stratosphere

0
Investors grow cautious during global calamities. These days, land and housing prices will be falling, at least momentarily. Two articles from opposite sides of the Atlantic discuss the possible window...

Is The Foundation of North American Health A Hospital, Or A Home?

0
Two hard core All-American values — Freedom of Choice (for those who have money) and Equal Opportunity (for those who have money) have been important philosophical bulwarks against leftist...
Howdy,
Search exact
Search sentence

Recent Comments

    Meta