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...

America’s Governments: Social Housing Needs You!

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American government: point that urgent finger at yourselves. Your citizens need YOU to recreate a public housing program! Articles like the one linked below have been scarce to nonexistent in...

Toronto: Affordable Housing For Anybody But The Rich . . . And The Poor.

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Arguments can, and are, being made that national housing crises do not exist. Some simply reframe a generalized idea of 'affordability' to suit the argument. One from the United...

Driving 100 Years Down The Road With Low Income Housing Tax Credits

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Quoting from an excellent, detailed article on the implementation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits in West Oakland, Pittsburg, PA: "With 9% LIHTC alone, the city would need...

A Crisis Of Shoes, Ships Or Sealing Wax? Florida Housing Money Can Fix It

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In a time of growing housing crises, what possesses a state legislature to use its housing trust fund as a reserve to tackle other urgent matters, not once but...

Acquiring Land for Affordable Housing? Scrap That Idea!

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Governments, for all their supposed powers, are clearly at a disadvantage when it comes to competing with private enterprise that has sniffed profit in the wind. Sandy Springs, a newish...

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

The Fuss About ‘Poor Doors’

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Okay, we were as aghast as everybody else that 'poor' doors had been installed in a publicly subsidized New York City building so that rich folks didn't need to...

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...

Inter-Governmental Wrangling: A True Menace To Affordable Housing?

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From the Right: eliminate onerous government regulations and the free market will build us all out of affordable housing crises, providing the necessary housing for ownership by the 'workforce,'...

Is The Marshall Plan A Model To Solve The Affordable Housing Crisis?

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Following World War II, the United States committed 12 billion dollars over 4 years to rebuild Europe. It was then quite a chunk of the country's annual budget and...

Time To Recognize The Need For A ‘Green New Deal For Housing?’

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At affordablehousingaction.org we've expressed some concern that climate change activists may find themselves competing for limited funding with affordable housing activistsTry: Saving The World One Tree? Affordable House? At...

London Mayor: Private Enterprise Can’t Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

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Faced with an affordable housing crisis in his city, the Mayor of London, UK, has pointed out the fatal flaw when it comes to using PPPs (Public Private Partnerships)...

With the State Paving The Way, San Francisco Plans A ‘People’s Bank’

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In April of this year, we featured a post on the City of Los Angeles's flirtation with the idea of a public bankPublic Banks: What Are They? What Might They...

Is It Affordable? Dodging About In London UK’s Hodgepoge Of Dodgy Definitions

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Bamboozled by dodgy definitions of affordable housing, the City of London somehow has recently managed to slither away from building any truly affordable housing at all. But that was...

Why A President Can’t Do More To Fix The Low Income Housing Crisis In America.

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This isn't a question of what President Trump would like to do, more the issue of what any President at this moment of time is actually able to do. Democratic...

Affordable Dream Or Investment Nightmare? SC Offers Low Earners Pot Of Gold To Buy Housing Rainbow

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A recent and superficially very generous offer to boost low-income South Carolina residents onto the housing ladder has been described as “One Of The Best Deals We’ve Ever Had."...

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...

Non-Market Permanent Affordable Housing: Practical Solution Or Pipe Dream?

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People with very low incomes face big hurdles when it comes to affording housing. With minimal resources, they have limited housing options and little control over their housing in...

Shelter For All: Most Governments Cower. India Tackles It Head On

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Following the landslide re-election for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, how is his hugely ambitious 'Housing For All By 2022' plan coming along? Not a slam dunk yet, but it...

Affordable Housing Dance Of The Seven Veils: Canadian National Edition?

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Finally! Over the past few decades it has seemed that when it comes to housing, the Canadian federal government was hiding in bed with the covers over their head. Then...

Die, P-P-Pie In The Sky! UK Affordable Housing Needs Huge Govt Commit Instead

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An unprecedented coalition of charities and activist groups are challenging the next UK Prime Minister to face up to reality. They are labelling as a total failure the public/private...

Tasmania: Today’s Social Fallout From Yesterday’s ‘Business’ Of Sheltering The Poor

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Nice little business you've got going for yourselves there, Australia. The Federal Government bankrolls a state — Tasmania — to build public housing. Too bad the state can't pay...

Should ‘Sacrosanct’ Middle Class Bleed Affordable Housing Dollars From Truly Needy

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In North America, there is a growing pressure at all levels of government to find subsidy dollars for housing the middle class. That's the 'sacrosanct' middle class, according to...

Kingston, ON, Pinpoints Today’s Affordable Housing Crisis . . . 50 Years Ago

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Affordable housing? It's déja vu all over again in Kingston, Ontario, as the local paper compares the current affordable housing crisis to the one the city was suffering in...

Public Investment In Australian Affordable Housing Pays Off

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It's an old story which still holds. You have to spend money to make money. A consortium of non-profit, government and industry groups found this out after they commissioned study...

A Day Late And A Dollar Short: Looking The Microsoft Gift Horse In The Mouth

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A recent pledge of $500 million to help build affordable housing in Seattle led to excited buzz about private enterprise stepping up the the plate for affordable housing, when...

Need Affordable Housing? What ‘Big Government’ Could Do For You.

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Way back when, remember Big Government? Oh. You think Big Government is still with us, a bloated zombie from a failed twentieth century socialist experiment, still hard at work draining tax...

True Danger But Not On The Southern Border As Trump’s Shutdown Threatens Millions Of Renters

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Unlike Trump, it would seem that the majority of Americans do not see hungry latino refugees arriving at the southern US, border as a serious threat to the country....

Affordable Housing Shell Game: How Canadian Federal ‘More’ Becomes Regional ‘Less’

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Federal Government interest in affordable housing for Canadians peaked after World War II and then steadily declined into indifference and neglect that has characterized that government's attitude over the...

North American Senior’s Housing: Stealing Humanity For Profit, Or By Government Neglect?

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Population aging in a number of countries has shone a nasty new light on the limitations of public/private partnerships in fulfilling the promise of affordable housing. Why? Because the affordable...

PPP Can’t. The Government Won’t. Can Non-Profits Fix The US Affordable Housing Crisis?

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Public private partnerships (PPP) for developing and managing affordable housing have demonstrated a powerful allegiance to profit before public good in several western countries. Indeed, everywhere you look these...

New Zealand National Affordable Housing Strategy? Or Bandaids, Blowing In The Wind?

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Any citizen of a modern democracy who has weathered a change in government will be familiar with the sudden evaporation of campaign promises made by the victors. The incoming government...

In Georgia, Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Affordable Housing That Isn’t Any Longer

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Affordable housing financed by tax credits doesn't really become unaffordable when the tax credits expire. That's because the housing never was affordable in the first place. Tax credits help...

Kenyan Affordable Housing Plan: How To Resist Inevitable Funding Outrage?

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A proposed Kenyan affordable housing tax offers an interesting perspective on human nature and whether precise information on government taxation can be too much information. Consider the funding of a...

Windsor, Canada Points To Affordable Housing As A Cause Of Local Homelessness, Must Therefore Sit On Its Finger

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Windsor, Ontario believes that it has become a magnet for homeless people because newspaper reports either accurately or inaccurately rate the city as one of the most affordable in...

Housing Industry Fears ‘Meddling’ Giants? Fear Too, Meddling Midgets Like Alberta’s ARDN

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The warnings to watch out have been echoing within North America's conventional housing industry. Take the idea expressed in an industry magazine Builder article earlier this year: that successful construction industry...

Does Every Big City Need A Modular Affordable Housing Factory? San Francisco Leads The Way

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The shoemaker is sticking to his last. For 'shoemaker' read 'the conventional housing construction industry.' Their 'last'? Market rate and luxury housing. Hard to blame them. That's where they're...

Arkansas Affordable Housing Trust Fund: A Funding Stream Not Optional But Essential

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Like a majority of American States, Arkansas has created a Low Income Trust Fund to help it build affordable housing for those most in need. Unlike a majority of American...

A Call For Creative Housing Solutions In Charleston Flat-Out Dismisses The Only One Which Ever Worked!

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The Charleston, SC, author of an opinion piece on the need for imaginative housing solutions waxes nostalgic about his upbringing in a neighbourhood of purpose-built affordable housing. In the midst...

Public Housing Failure: Who Is To Blame? A Seattle Microcosm Of That Question

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While public (a.k.a social) housing has been extremely successful in some European nations, it survives and prospers against a small 'c' conservative attitude that financially poor tenants are both...

Public Banks: What Are They? What Might They Offer Affordable Housing?

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Public banks — those are the ones that are open to the public, right? Yes . . . and no. Although people may casually refer to a 'public banking system',...

Unaffordable Housing? Some Other Dude Did It. Guilty Fingerpointing From The Housing Market

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Public transit takes the fall in an awkward, defensive article about the housing market in Toronto by one of Canada's top business newspapers. Toronto, for many years overly-conscious of becoming a...

While UK Business Developers Disappoint, Hope For Community-Led Affordable Housing

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Small 'c' conservative hopes are waning that the private sector can fix the affordable housing crisis. In America, Low Income Housing Tax Credits are becoming a scandal as developers...

Stubborn Persistence Wins Support For Self-Help Housing In California

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When finished, 41 households in Patterson, California, will move into affordable homes that they will help to build. Self-Help Enterprises is the sponsor of the project. The US Department...

America Has A Bogeymen Under The Bed: Social Housing. Austria Sure Doesn’t!

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However 'winning' the Cold War benefited America, reflections on the history of this period are gradually exposing costs incurred by the stoking of public fear. Today, a new generation of...

Sydney, Australia, Wants Affordable Housing Cake While Eating It

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In an era when a global housing crisis demands leadership from national government, it seems reasonable to expect that local government would be one hundred and ten percent onside,...

Jersey City Council Goes For Ownership And Master Developer Control Of $180M Bayfront Plan

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Jersey City would seem to have lost patience with real estate developers who just can't squeeze enough affordable housing into their proposals for a new housing development. Expected to sell...

American Cities Need Public Banks That Make Local Investments Where Private Banks Won’t

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Community activists in New York City are pushing for the establishment of community-oriented banks that can be counted on the reinvest a community's financial resources into local endeavours, such...

Actions, Intentions, Attitudes: The Lynching Of U.S. Public Housing

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In the war on American public housing — and, yes, it is a war — the term 'collateral damage' moves closer to home. The victims are not remote inhabitants...

Right-To-Buy Program At Risk. Well Duh! What Would You Expect, If Only 1/3 Selling Price Stays in Housing.

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So the brilliant Margaret Thatcher era scheme to buy your UK council rental home is unravelling. Really, it only ever could unravel. With only a third of the sale price...

A Growing Case For Big Government: Corporations Preach Survival Of The Fittest

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On one hand, we have a world-wide casino that uses the basic need for shelter for gambling chips — housing. The result in America?  According to an admittedly self-interested...

United Kingdom Civic Housebuilding – History Shows How To Build

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Shelter, a UK based charity, published New Civic Housebuilding 2017 to present an approach to building affordable housing using strategies used successfully in the past. The report argues that developing...

New Zealand’s Kiwibuild ‘Affordable’ Housing Stumbles Out Of The Starting Gate

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In the spirit of promising all things to all people, The New Zealand Labour Parliament's Kiwibuild initiative is progressing from an election promise to a government program. It began...

Finally: Canada Has An Affordable Housing Program

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In November 2017, the Canadian government released details of its funding plans to support affordable housing across the country. See the Coast Reporter: Feds Announce New National Housing Fund....

Top UK Housing Developer: Public / Private Affordable Funding Is Crazy!

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A nationally respected housing developer has decided to tell it like it is: the huge financial burden of affordable social housing cannot be born alone by one business sector...

How Adjusting HUD’s New Raise-The-Rent Proposal For The Very Poorest Could Work

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In America, public housing history helps to bridge the gap between 'don't be cruel to the very poorest' (accompanied by conservative eye rolling) and 'help the poor lift themselves...

Social Housing In Three Nations: Three Recent Government Attitudes on Display

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From the left: The United Kingdom At least some people in Britain, including those who vote labour, are looking forward to leader Jeremy Corbyn's regular promises of 1,000,000 new units of...

Need A Million Houses? UK Labour Party Wants To Revive Social Housing In A Big Way.

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With American conservatives pouring poison down the social housing well at a fearsome rate, the world — or at very least the North American continent — has been brainwashed...

Against the Law: Unaffordable Housing

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Unaffordable housing: these days it works against the law, against nursing, against firefighting, against teaching, as well as other activities which are a foundation of any healthy community. The chief...

Ways To Kill Affordable Housing Action: Florida Trust Fund Looting

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Central Florida, once an inexpensive to place to live, has seen a dramatic drop in housing affordability. Fortunately in 1992, a bipartisan bill was passed in the Florida Legislature:...

Use It Or Lose It: Affordable Housing By Compulsory Purchase Order

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Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) emerged from a British 17th century need to assemble land in order to create canals. In the 19th century they were used the same way...

Tens of Thousands Stew In Sydney Affordable Housing Queue While Governments Squabble by Tens

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In 2014, when the Australian government sold 293 properties of public housing in Sydney’s harbour area, it promised to build 1,500 new affordable housing units. At the time, there...

Still Hope For Public Housing: Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens Renewal Wins National Award

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According to free market conservatives, American public housing is dead. It was the victim of its socialist anti-free-enterprise roots and of the lower class inhabitants who, in fits of...

Trust Your Affordable Housing, If You Can’t Trust National Government To Keep It

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Why does Lawford Village, Essex, need a housing trust? The answer begins with a proposed Labour government policy in 1959, one that would enshrine local council tenants the Right...

Dollars To Help Affordable Housing Buyers: Does It Quell The Flames, Or Pour Gas On The Fire?

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Financial assistance for home buyers can come in several forms. On the surface, government cash handouts or tax relief strongly appear to make housing more affordable. But those with...

Affordable Housing: Less Is More In Baltimore

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Many private/public partnerships to build affordable housing do not pass the smell test with their handfuls of affordable houses or apartments in projects numbering hundreds of market rate or...

British PM On Unaffordable Housing: Land Bankers To Blame

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In a recent speech committing to more British affordable housing, Prime Minister Theresa May was quick to find culprits everywhere, but not so much on her own doorstep. The...

Affordable Housing Rents are Affordable, Not Free. So Why Don’t They Cover Repairs?

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In a recent article, the Mayor of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island echoed a funding frustration that many lower level governments and non-governmental organizations face. Governments at all levels tend...

NJ Affordable Housing Horse-Trading Is Snookered By Judge

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New Jersey towns and cities have had a long history of trying very hard to wriggle out of affordable housing responsibilities, so hard in fact that the courts have...

Dying For Attention: A Seattle Business Tax To Fight Homelessness

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During recent Progressive Revenue Task Force public testimony, a homeless participant stopped breathing. Following many tense moments and an ambulance to hospital, his replacement explained that the recovering victim suffered...

Ottawa Homelessness: Bailing An Ocean, One Small, Futile Policy Step At A Time

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Everyone knows you can't bail out a sea. And yet, when it comes to homelessness, city councils behave like children on a beach staring at the water with a...

US Federal Tax Cuts Put the Squeeze on Affordable Housing Funding

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The recent great tax giveaway by President Trump and the Republican Party has provided long term delight for the wealthy. An insubstantial windfall will  blow very gently in the...

An American Public Housing Project: Failure Of Humanity? Or Failure Of Housing?

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The great American public housing projects have failed. They became lawless, violent, unliveable. The great unanswered question: did the needy, with their brutish, immoral, uncivilized and criminal ways, cause...

Forward To The Past. Unaffordable Homes Push Salford Towards Council Housing.

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What happens when the brave new affordable world of public/private partnerships meets only half the annual demand for affordable housing? What happens? It's obvious. The demand for affordable housing just...

You Can Control What is Yours. Communities Seeking Affordable Housing Consider Community Ownership.

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Municipal handwringing would appear to be the sole, and all-too-frequent, response to privately-developed affordable housing that doesn't quite deliver on its promise. One example: a widespread tendency under new...

Right Of First Refusal: Government Interference Or Affordable Housing Savior?

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For all of its physically attractive qualities, gentrification of inner cities is becoming a barrier to affordable housing world-wide. In North America, government action is limited by 'hands off...

Singapore’s Million Dollar Affordable Housing: A Public/Private Partnership Future?

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A recent development by Singapore's public Housing and Development Board suggests an alarming future for public/private partnerships in countries who may be helping the needy to find affordable housing...
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