Not Married But Need To Share A House? Verantwortungsgemeinschaften!

Popular in the news at the moment? A means to afford ever more expensive homes when marriage and sharing doesn't seem the answer to the problem. Here are two...

Pressing Forward With Shared-Equity Housing In The United States

People who follow affordable housing issues in the United States will be familiar with the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). It launched in 1986. By 2024, LIHTC had...

Cohousing – A Model For Housing That Suits Older People?

The Silver TsunamiSilver Tsunami refers to the post world war II population bulge (the baby boom) which will continue to swell the population of seniors for the next decade....

Medieval Housing Could Be The Secret To Longer Life

A contemporary study of almshouses in the United Kingdom has found evidence that they may stretch an individual life expectancy by 2.5 years. How long have we known about...

Mommunes: Unique Ways of Averting A Housing/Support Crisis For Single Moms

Could a 'Mommune' be a better mothering support than a conventional nuclear family? It's entirely possible, even if this news might be powerfully upsetting to conventional family traditionalists. What exactly...

Singapore’s World Class Public Housing Faces A Shrinkage Problem

Somewhere in many housing activist minds there are secure thoughts of assurance for their interests: in one or two locations in the world truly successful public housing projects exist! Wall...

Ending Homelessness By Hooking Up With A Not-A-Soul Mate

Here's a story about how people can be badly misinformed about themselves, even when they know full well what their own qualities are. They are homeless, and anything but...

Co-Housing Benefits Beyond Student House Parties On The Cheap

"And who shall tidy this?" quoth the elders (not very old) their faces freighted with wisdom beyond their years. And lo, the others hung their heads and scuttled away,...

Co-Living: Necessary Economic Horror, or Cozy Social Benefit?

Numerous recent articles in the press have presented as a dropping of jaws and a slapping of cheeks in horror. The outrage: a forced trend of 'student-style' co-living, also...

Idaho In The Twenty-First Century: Wither The Bourgeoisie?

If the great social economist Karl Marx correctly identified the economic underpinnings of a 19th century world, the 21st century has surely morphed into an entirely new framework that...

Canada: How Many Angels Can Study On The Head Of A Pin?

Let us, for the sake of argument, assume that all university students are angelic and deserving of rescue from a current fate: unaffordable student housing. So you're delighted you've been...

Finding Housing Opportunities In Daily Life

Winning a lottery is undeniably an opportunity. The sudden change in circumstances comes with its own consequences, not all of them good. As well, most people don't win lotteries....

Repurposing Detached Homes – Gentle Density At Work

Oakville, Ontario's Norma Gamble is inventive. In existing single detached homes, she sees opportunities for shared living. And, with persuasion and an accommodating housing market, she's been able to...

New Housing Model For Seniors Set To Break Ground In The U.S.

From Colorado and Pennsylvania comes news of housing projects for seniors that will add to the existing housing choices for people as they age. Both are founded on evidence that...

Are High Housing Prices Contributing To COVID?

The burden of COVID-19 illness has fallen particularly hard on people with very low incomes and on visible minorities. Now, research from Toronto suggests that spiralling housing costs could...

Ireland: Teeny Tiny Homes Are Not Dead, Just Smushed Into High Rise Towers

The pro's and con's of co-livingFor a discussion of co-living and the potential benefits, see: Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother? have been receiving considerable coverage...

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

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...

Co-Ownership: Pride Cometh Before The Fall

Apologies for the doom-laden headline, but there's seldom a chance to use a pithy poetic-sounding phrase, particularly one that containeth that sophisticated 'eth' sound. After all, a sleazy single...

‘Don’t Stop The Financial Music’ And Other Conservative Affordability Fixes

Free market devotees are getting rather boxed into a corner these days when it comes to proposing solutions for affordable housing crises. There are still hopeful cries everywhere from the...

Vancouver, BC: ‘Hiving’ As A Resilient Affordable Housing Strategy

Vancouver, BC is the least affordable city in North America, with a high proportion of households with low incomes compared to Canada as a whole. As well, it's a...

Seniors Co-Living Benefits: A Recipe for Risky Business?

Affordable Housing through co-livingSee: Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother? tends to burst into the news with statements from folks delighted with the savings in basic...

Sweden Sniffs At Co-Living For Affordable Housing: Social Blessing Or Social Disaster?

With housing becoming increasingly unaffordable, ingenious ways of reducing shelter costs abound. One trending fad featuring in the news media: co-living. A boon? A bust? There are two sides to...

Indiana ‘Friendship’ Co-Living: Extra Challenge, Extra Reward

The search for housing affordability has recently focused attention on the benefits of co-living.Try: Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother? That co-living involves responsibilities as well...

Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother?

What is it? Co-living, in its broadest sense, means living with others. Since society has several traditions that involve co-living, not the least of which is the family, its currently...

Ungood: Looking Back At The Future Of California’s ‘1984’ Dormitory Life

George Orwell's novel, 1984, was published in 1949. It defined a category of science fiction which is today called 'dystopian' — the very opposite of life in some rosy future...

Affordable Housing Massaged By Technology: Benefits? Or Techno-nerd Hype?

Can government or charitable grants and subsidies fuel a housing revolution and overcome today's affordability crisis? If so, it's sure not happening yet, if ever. Alternatives? Turns out they're popping...

Affordable Grannie Flats Are ‘In.’ Flop Houses? In Minnesota, Not so Much… Yet.

Simple solutions have a way of finding themselves. Some reports suggest that at ground zero of the affordable housing crisis — the state of California — grand schemes for generating...

Affordability Through Homesharing Can Be More Positive Than You Think

Room sharing, flat sharing, or house sharing by students can be a delightful experience. Still, stories abound of horror-show partnerships that mar this often-necessary college-age adventure. The misfortunes of a...

Australia: ‘Generation Rent’ Is Fast Becoming ‘Generation Share’

Anyone who lives in a college or university town quite probably understands shared housing. Barf on the sidewalk. Beer-bottles perched on the front step. Grass a foot high. Six bicycles...

Canada’s NICE May Need A Naughtier Affordable Housing Project

In the spirit of its 'NICE' acronym, Canada's National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly is embarking on an admirable and extremely ambitious affordable housing initiative. The charitable...

New Age Hippy-Dippy Communes? It Is A New Age, Take Out The Hippy-Dippy & Enjoy Affordable Ownership

Cheek-by-jowl living but not necessarily partnership? A little cooperation can turn a collection of cash-strapped couples and singles into homeowners, without the need of waiting lists, agency approval, out...

Wuh-up Dawg? Are You a Cool Cat? Intergenerational Homeshare: Dawgs & Cats Living Together

At a recent national mayor's conference in Boston, that city shared some of its current experiments in the creation of more affordable housing. Read more in The Bay State...

Non-Marriage Of Convenience: Affordable Housing For A Redefined Family

Partnership and family have long been a first stepping stone into adulthood, whether a formal or informal union, plus or minus children. But a conventional "Rush to Marriage" today no...

Rooming House Reputation Rehabilitation Problem? Trendy Co-Living To The Rescue!

For a city like Toronto, Ontario, amalgamated in 1998 from 6 separate municipalities, rooming houses are a festering affordable sore on the tender underbelly of urban housing. Pre-amalgamation Toronto...

Marriage & Cohabition Has Been Downsized To Co-living In Nano Affordable Hong Kong

If you can't quite afford a Hong Kong microscopic (nano) apartment by yourself then why not co-live? So suggest enthusiastic Hong Kong realtors. Social conventions such as courting and...
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