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issues and events related to the prevention or hindering of access to affordable housing based on race, skin colour, religion, health, income, age, gender, sexual orientation and/or other identifiable characteristics of individuals and families

Affordable For All: The Challenge For New U.S. Housing Secretary

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Recently, we posted a storyTry: Biden-Harris: Timely Dawn Of A New Day For Public Housing? Unlikely that assessed the chances that Public Housing would see a revival in America...

Updated – A Different Way To Fight Housing Discrimination

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A recent investigation by the BBC in England shows that landlords are continuing discriminatory practices against people who receive social assistance. A court decision on July 1, 2020 (reported...

Defund the Police? Why Not Just De-Militarize Them?

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Uniformed police are an inescapable symbol of White prejudice and oppression in Black America, a searing image, which will not be erased in a single lifetime. Less obvious is...

Can Two Lame US Public Housing Substitutes Limp Effectively Together?

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Neoliberal "small" governments over the last 50 years have developed low- and no- income housing support that was designed to replace "big government" hands-on public housing. These solutions have, by...

Would A Spoonful of Superiority Help the LGBTQ+ Community Go Down?

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Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), formed to create affordable homes, have been justifying their existence over the past few years by extolling the superiority of mixed income housing. It's an...

Step Back From Bad And Ugly Of Public Housing To Celebrate The Good

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The demonization of public housing residents in America has been a price paid by "small government" beliefs that the public purse has no role to play in either the...

10,000 L.A. Public Housing Units That Didn’t Get Built

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A recent article in Mother Jones recounts a story from Los Angeles about 10,000 units of public housing that were never built. The article is about Frank Wilkinson, who worked...

Flicking A Broken Switch to Turn Off US Public Housing? Doesn’t Work

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Much of what affordablehousingaction.org publishes about social/public/council housing could in the US be considered palliative care for a dying industry and its long-suffering tenants. American public housing has been...

Administrative Challenge To Black Housing Reparations In The US

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By now, most people concerned about institutional discrimination in the United States have know about redliningSee more on the history of redlining here: Redlining: What Was It? And Should...

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

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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

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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...

Call A Public Housing Tenant Criminal Without Evidence? New Jersey Will Sue.

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ThatcheriteA term named for United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, much admired in conservative circles for introducing drastic curbs on government social welfare spending. governments have for several decades...

Yonkers, NY, Traces Yesterday’s Past Black Discrimination That Now Kills Today

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Recent protests in the US have focused on current discrimination against Blacks, as well its deep roots in American culture and society since Emancipation. The unrest has triggered calls...

Black Reparations? Housing Opportunities As A Suitable Direction For Action

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California's 'woke' politics help it to be one of the first out of the gate with at least a lukewarm endorsement of long overdue Black reparations. It's a refreshing...

Update — Is Segregation Actually A ‘Progressive’ Political Tool For Retaining Power

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An article linked below by a housing advocate from the US calls out progressives who suggest they are the political force most suitable for ending the race discrimination that...

Is Segregation Actually A ‘Progressive’ Political Tool For Retaining Power

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This following article by a housing advocate from the US calls out progressives who suggest they are the political force most suitable for ending the race discrimination that has...

Laws Against Housing Segregation? Not Anymore, If HUD Gets Its Way

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Some decades ago, The U.S. federal government outlawed overt segregation. The Veteran's Affairs directive that forbade government housing assistance to returning black WWII veterans is one example.For more about...

Could Reviled Public Housing Beat Current National Affordability Programs?

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Useful articles on the subject of public housing have been a rarity in mainstream American publications. "Not in our lifetime," has been a characterization of a date when the...

Pittsburgh Plays God With Poor Folks. Feds and State Leave Them No Choice.

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A slightly more fast and loose post, ranting completely understated

How To Be Wrong-Headed About The Right Kind Of Affordable Housing Assistance

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"I'm sorry, Mr. Brewster Twillingate-Smithers III, but I will not rent one of my apartments to you because your income is zero, not withstanding your weekly million-dollar subsidy from the family trust."

Housing Racism: The Diseased Underbelly Of The American Dream

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A new book written by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surfaces how the American Dream of homeownership has played out for black people. Early in her career, Taylor worked as a housing advocate....

How Affordable Housing Might Add Substance To Talk of Segregation Reparations

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Democratic candidates for the U.S. federal elections in 2020 have broached the subject of reparations for the continued mistreatment of black Americans that followed emancipation. So far, while there...

Distracted Politicians — Beware Generation Rent!

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UK politicians are distracted. An opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph, inadvertently tells us just how distracted they are. The article itself is behind a paywall, but the headline and...

Oopsy: Outdated U.S. Law Funnels Loans For Poor To Help Gentrify Houses Instead

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In order to discourage the banking practice of redliningTry: Redlining: What Was It? And We Should Be Asking ‘What Is It?’ Because It’s Still With Us, And It’s Bad,...

In Vancouver B.C. Affordable Housing Can Be A Doggone Shame In Every Sense

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A lot of people find emotional security from 'their special baby'. We're talking about the furry kind here, cats and dogs mostly, but not exclusively. They are important enough that...

Upzoning in America: A Map View of City Density Informs Future Housing Choices

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Urban sprawl is beginning to receive a technical analysis that threatens its existence. It is the very foundation of the so-called "American Dream" — a single house on a...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Application Fees

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Affordable housing is not just a collection of construction material and land costs. It's a purse that must stretch to cover a rental or purchase . . . after...

A Constitutional Barrier To Public Housing Approvals In California

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Institutional racism at the highest level is not at all distant in America's past. Earlier this month (February 2019) Virginia's governor admitted to a youthful yearbook appearance in blackface....

The Housing Undevelopment Department? How Rhode Island Helps HUD Devalue Section 8 Vouchers.

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A recent report from SouthCoast Fair Housing indicates that a Rhode Island resident who actually manages to obtain a Section 8 voucher will be shut out of 93% of...

The Sad Parable Of A San Francisco Teachers’ Slum

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In truth, it was a teacher's slum that never was, but a sad parable nonetheless. These days, stories abound of middle class workers essential to a community who are less...

Minneapolis Drives A Stake Into The Heart Of The American Dreamscape

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In a remarkably lopsided Council decision, Minneapolis, Minnesota has made American history by shafting detached-house zoning in every city neighbourhood, even the most upscale and exclusive. This comprehensive decision is...

Los Angeles Leans On Trustworthy Non-Profits To House The Homeless

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So why would a landlord ever want to rent a market rate apartment to a homeless person? It's exactly what you thought. They don't. Small and large studies in America show...

Finding Ho-Hum: Good News Stories And Affordable Progress Vs. NIMBY Nastiness

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NIMBY almost inevitably marred a recent heart-warming Toronto tale of a single family's selfless gift to homeless women. A family purchased a mansion-sized house on a five lane commuter corridor...

After Stringent Housing Choice Voucher Testing: Jury Still Out on Racial Discrimination

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An accepted weakness of the American Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is that it perpetuates poverty-stricken neighbourhoods with substandard schools, lacking local transportation and other social opportunities. Even without...

Portsmouth, NH. Work But No Workers: Affordable Housing Crisis Viewed From A Broader Context

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Long live baristas! Not only let them live long, but most importantly, let them live near by. Coffee shop workers are a convenient symbol of a community's house prices gone...

Can Intersectionality Pave A Pathway To Affordable Housing In Minneapolis?

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Intersectionality. Affordability. Big words to do battle with homelessness. But from the bottom of the deepest trenches in that battle, the individuals involved are aware of the very real...

Redlining: What Was It? And Should We Be Asking ‘What Is It?’ Because It’s Still With Us, And It’s...

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As elsewhere, private banks in the U.S. are profit-driven, with the interests of their shareholders first and foremost in their hearts. Because of this, they have traditionally been reluctant...

Hats Off To An Affordable Housing Builder Who Can’t Solve The Affordable Housing Crisis

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We'll leave our hat on first, an unusual act of mourning for the wreck of the USS Public Housing, driven quite deliberately onto the rocks. Conceived and capitalized as...

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...

From Art Inspiration To Social Justice Response: A Houston Single Mother Housing Support Program

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It began as an art project about racism, inequality and social justice. Six Houston artists renovated 22 row houses in Houston's impoverished and predominantly black Ward Three. Sculpting with...

Prejudiced America: The Latest Indignity — Caught Housing While Pregnant

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Smuggling a child-to-be into an apartment where management disapproves of children? Should be a snap if you're only a few months pregnant. Nowhere near as difficult as smuggling in...

Chinese As Well As Americans Share Contempt For The Affordable ‘Poor Door’

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'Poor Door' is a recently coined term. Already, there are opportunities to expand it. Over the last few years, apartment developments with affordable units in New York have come under...

What’s The Matta, Piñata? Affordable Housing, That’s What.

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Are you concerned about Affordable Housing? Start a blog — we did. Stage a protest — many have. Or, you could make a piñata . . . .? ....

Social Housing Paternalism Disguised As Efficiency = Discrimination

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The Australian federal government has a new scheme to streamline the management of social housing occupants. Using the convenience of electronic funds transfer, social housing occupants can automatically have...

Rooming Houses: Yesterday’s Blight? Or Tomorrow’s Housing Solution?

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Rooming Houses have inherited the prejudices of another era. Low rent, low class, catering to single, rootless, "ne're-do-wells", a festering sore on the backside of any upright community. But do...

Low Income Housing Must Be Designed Not Only For Economy, But For Human Dignity: Los Angeles Architects

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In a Los Angeles region of ten million people, homelessness increased substantially in 2015 to top 47,000 people. Recognizing that housing for people experiencing homelessness is a major architectural...
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