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Housing supports and other techniques, issues and events aimed at preventing at-risk tenants and owners from losing their housing

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...

Is Your Housing Is Affordable? Can You Keep It? Is It Crisis-Proof?

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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...

American Police Take On Ugly Role As Eviction Advocates

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Remember 911? That was the number you were meant to dial in an emergency if you wished to summon the police? These days, you need to be careful what...

Rent Banks — What Are They? How Can They Help Tenants Stay In Affordable Housing?

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Rent Banks are funds to help rent burdened tenants keep their housing and avoid eviction. Here's a current example of a proposed rent bank (along with nine other ideas) to...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Universal Basic Income

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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...

Housing First Or Homelessness Prevention? Stop! You’re Both Right

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There are plenty of media reports that homelessness is growing. Point in time counts document the rise in the number of people who are living outdoors or emergency shelters...

Reasons To Prevent Homelessness: Tales From New South Wales And North Tyneside

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The Premier of New South Wales has just announced that it will halve street homelessness in that state by 2025. The strategy? Partnerships of the best and the brightest....

Lessons From Homelessness For Affordable Housing

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Like affordable housing, homelessness has received its share of media attention and calls for action. Homelessness has also been the subject of innovative programming and research, which are influencing...

Preventing Homelessness: What’s The Big Deal?

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When Ben Franklin said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, he was talking about fires. It ought to apply to homelessness as well. Yet for...

How Government Shutdown Extinguishes 1,000 Tiny Points of Light

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'1000 tiny points of light' was President George H.W. Bush's famous description of a nation's charities. They could generously care for the needy, absolving 'big government' of any obligation...

5K Rough Sleepers, Or 121K Kids In Shelters? Fix Homelessness Only By Facing Its Reality

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For a great many people, the public face of homelessness is a dirty sleeping bag in a downtown doorway. But only a small handful of homeless people are in...

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...

‘Safe Parking’ Programs: Protect Your Affordable Tiny Home From Ticket And Towing

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Not everyone is as fortunate as Steven Long. He, like an increasing number of Americans, has been staving off homelessness by living in a vehicle. As far as he...

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...

Arts Platform Aims To Curb Gentrification

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Groundstory began tackling the precarious work and housing situations faced by the arts community in Ontario in 2017. Groundstory is billed as a collective action of the arts that aims...

Homelessness Crisis? Orange County Grand Jury To Local Governments: Pull Your Fingers Out and Cooperate!

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A recent U. S. District court decision caused government consternation and dismay at several levels in Orange County California as officials scrambled frantically for weeks to mitigate a crisis...

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...

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....

From Finland, A Way To End Homelessness That Really Works

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Housing is affordable if: •        a household is paying less than 30% of income for rent, or housing payments. •        the rent is in reach...

Short-Sighted Eviction Policies Profiting Landlords, Costing Tenants And The Nation

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Studies show that providing emergency shelters for the homeless people is far more expensive than housing them. But many, if not most, American communities do not invest in preventing...

Finland Has Ended Homelessness? Or Maybe Not. Still, The Finnish News is Good.

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One of the world's foremost English Language Newspapers, The Guardian, recently reported that Finland has ended Homelessness. Try: Finland Ended Homelessness, Thanks to Housing First. But Not JUST to Housing First! YLE,...

Homeless Need Homes. Instead, UK Enacts Legislation To Provide Only Scapegoats.

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UK homelessness got legislative support on April 1, 2018, with a homelessness act that places responsibilities those in the front lines on the war against homelessness—towns and cities that...

Wisconsin Activists: ‘Housing First’ Needs Vital Followup To End Homelessness

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Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness  has published a paper they hope will receive active consideration from the State Legislature. They point to the current interest in the respected Housing First concept as...

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...

US Federal Tax Cuts Spur Unprecedented Inter-City Housing Cooperation

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Cities in the American sunbelt bear a heavy brunt of the nation's homelessness, thanks to the easier living conditions for those condemned to a life without housing. Inheriting the...

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...

Youth Plan A: Homelessness. Bristol Counters With Plan B: Affordable Housing (Stay Home)

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Young and impatient. Fed up with childhood. At risk of abuse and assault. All are contributing to a youth homelessness crisis in Bristol, UK, a thriving city with an...

Housing Supports: Cuyahoga County Department Of Unintended Results

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Oops! Some of the best intentions don't pan out quite the expected way. Some twenty plus Cuyahoga County, Ohio communities have instituted what, on the surface, seemed to be a...

Low Income Renting: How Subsidies Can Soon Squeeze You Homeless

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Public housing, owned by the government, is relatively impervious to market forces, and in turn has historically insulated low-income renters from an affordability crisis that evicts them onto the...

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...

Studies By Public Private Partnerships: Can They Provide Credible Analysis Of The Affordable Housing Crisis?

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Much of the developed world is facing an affordable housing crisis. But the nature of the crisis, together with its hidden social and human costs, if any, remain the...
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