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Issues and events which impact directly on the people who need affordable housing

Keeping Up Appearances: How Much Does That Matter To the Unhoused?

Where to find answers the question posed in the headline above? If we were to depend on a 'scientific' approach to the answer, we might be waiting a long...

A Gateway To Homelessness In British Columbia And How To Close It

A quagmire is the word one authority uses to describe the process to access publicly funded supports that are due to Indigenous people with diverse abilities. Failing to navigate...

Will Finland Carry Through On Its Plan To End Homelessness By 2027?

The article linked to this post is about Finland's remarkable achievement in reducing homelessness. The success lies in its country-wide adoption of Housing First, an evidence-based program to end...

Rise In Minimum Wage In The UK Puts More Caregivers At Risk

The minimum wage has just risen in the UKYou can read more about this in Positive News: What went right this week: the good news you should know about....

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused: Kelly And Ron

Meet Ron and Kelly. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: 'Ron and Kelly were sitting...

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused: John

Meet John and his cat. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: I've met John before....

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin: A Case Study In Saving Homes To Build Community

Hospitals have discovered that there is more to the cost of demolishing houses than the demolition and disposal feeTry: Urban Redevelopment: A Case Of Failing To See Who’s There...

How Homelessness Squeezes Life Out Of You

Reading the article attached to this post might put you in mind of banging your head against a brick wall. The article is about a project to calculate mortality rates...

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused: Rod

Meet Rod. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: "I met Rod just south of Wacker...

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused. Willie

Meet Willie. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: Steve: '"Can I please have a blessing?"...

Unhoused? Why Shiver When Warm Emergency Shelters Await You?

City councils bring their own values and concerns to their decision-making. When it comes to the homeless, do those values, well-meaning or no, tend to mirror the opinions of...

Growing Racial Diversity Powers Social Housing Leadership In England

The Housing Diversity Network was founded in 2002 with a mission of supporting racial diversity. The Network supports organizations in England that want their board and staff teams to...

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused. Ronnie

Meet Ronnie. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: "Ronnie was on Michigan Avenue near Nordstrom's,...

Older Adults Leaving Big Cities To Escape High House Prices

Here are two reports that have significance for seniors living in England. The first report, prepared by Independent Age, analysed data about where seniors are living. The data is from...

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused: Wakili

Meet Wakili. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: "Wakili is a gentle soul who reminded...

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused: Jessica

Meet Jessica. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: "Jessica was walking near the northeast corner...

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused: Calvin

Meet Calvin. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: 'Calvin was on the southwest corner of...

Young and Unhoused. No One Has Fewer Resources To Survive And Prosper

Surely, the problem is beyond managing! We're talking about the growing number of older teenagers and young adults who are unhoused in the United States. Some no longer have family...

Helping America’s Unhoused Clean Up Their Act

Daily living is challenging for people who are unhoused: Where will I sleep tonight? Where can I get something to eat? Where can I get a shower? Is...

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused: Michelle

Meet Michelle. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: 'Michelle was on Wacker, near Madison Street....

Does A Past Life Unhoused Destroy Your Future Parenting Abilities?

Growing up poor culminated in homelessness as a teenager for Ava Truckey. Today, with a child of her own, has her capability as a parent been permanently damaged by...

An Invitation To See The Faces Of People Who Are Unhoused: Albert

Meet Albert. Affordablehousingaction.org can make this introduction thanks to the fine work of Steve McKenzie, a portrait photographer. Steve's portraits come with notes: "Albert rolled up in his wheelchair and...

Does Compact Middle Class Housing Threaten More And More Unhoused?

The New York Times, which is paywalled, offers up a witty headline: The Great Compression. The headline is a 21st century take on The Great Depression, which refers to the...

Feet – The Foundation For Anyone Who Walks

Have you ever had a foot injury? If you have, you will know how it can limit your mobility. Now imagine that the only way you have to get around...

Living And Working With Grief And Loss In Emergency Shelters

Consider everyone who comes in contact with emergency shelters, whether staff, residents or volunteers. They all experience grief and loss. Shelter residents often arrive at shelters with multiple losses. A...

Irrational Fears About Homeless Werewolves That Prowl A Nation’s Streets

The unhoused! Would you be more accepting of them if they weren't so horrible? But then, perhaps you should pat yourself on the back. You are already cool, calm...

Dipping From The Well of Knowledge About The Right To Adequate Housing

We're Canadian and have published posts about Canadian Leilani Farha during the time she held the position of Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing. As such, we've...

New Tools To Add Housing That Meets Local Needs

The Fair Housing Alliance (the Alliance) recently published a statement that identifies holes in the housing supply in Ontario, Canada. In round numbers, 640,000 homes are missing in the...

A Landfill Diversion Project With Multiple Benefits

"Charlie? These windows don't fit!" This situation unfolded recently at a construction site in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The windows the contractor had ordered for a row of new homes weren't...

Welcome To Our City! Here’s Your Eviction Notice

A first year teacher who is Black moved to a new city to start his teaching career. During the first month of his tenancy, he was evicted by his...

A New Home In Nunavut – A Sign Of Something Bigger?

Nunavut Territory is in the far north of Canada. It is home to about 10,000 households, according to the last census. And its housing stock is in need of...

Receivership: A Tool That Could Serve Communities Better?

In Chicago, property owners are responsible to maintain their properties in liveable condition. When a building develops a leaky roof or its foundation is damaged, or the plumbing backs...

U.S. Public Housing: A Century of Barren Landscape? Or Rich Culture?

Pardon us if affordablehousingaction.org has displayed a particular fascination with the U.S. National Public Housing Museum. Public Housing in America was born to fail. Not of course in its earliest...

Aging? Be Afraid! Your Day Of Financial Reckoning Has Been Miscalculated

In a world of self-reliance, the Baby Boom (postwar) generation is aging out self-care. The future has arrived. Your retirement planning, if it even exists, was locked in during an...

How To Get The Press To Notice The Unhoused? Become The Press

Outside The United Kingdom, you've quite likely not heard of the newspaper called The Big Issue. Why should you even bother? One explanation comes courtesy of The Big Issue...

Universal Basic Income: Opportunities For Recipients And The Community?

Wales is in the middle of a pilot project that aims to help young adults who have been wards of the crown to avoid homelessness. Guaranteeing a basic income...

Homelessness: Nothing To Fear Except Poor Leaders?

Modern Western countries are slipping rapidly towards a housing crisis unmatched since the Great Depression in the 1930's. How might we take heart from this circumstance, particularly those less...

Munching Cheez-Its: Tent Encampment Sweeps As A Spectator Sport

54-year-old Tracy Bennett's story plays out from the other side of the road in San Diego, courtesy of a Tucson Sentinel article. Tracy munches Cheez-Its with a couple of...

Gavin Turns The Other Cheek — Repeatedly — For Xmas Charity Dinners

The news that UK actor Tom WilkinsonTom Wilkinson: The Full Monty actor dies at 75  recently died has, for affordablehousingaction.org, provided not only a sadness that, but also prodded...

Chef: Just A Modest Local Ambition? Not If You Are Ebru Baybara Demir

'Food is a tool for change': that is an opinion, as well as a concept that frames the life experience of Turkish chef Ebru Baybara Demir. Demir grew up in...

The Hurricane Is Over But The Emergency Has Just Begun

We're all familiar with the damage that a hurricane can leave in its wake. People with damaged properties scramble to get temporary accommodation. Repairing and cleaning a property can...

Offering Health Care That Is Safe For People Who Are Homeless

About 1980, this writer attended a presentation by a physician from El Salvador. He talked about practising medicine in a civil war. He spoke about his patient who needed...

Homeless Musical Chairs Where The Music Never Stops?

"So . . . let's run these homeless leeches out of town. Surely it can't cost more than following them from park to park, sidewalk to sidewalk, in order...

Social Housing Architecture Apostles: Why Nix It When You Can Fix It?

Do you remember Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, who in 2021 won what's considered to be the 'Nobel Prize For Architecture' — the 2021 Pritzker PrizeTry: Public Housing, “Reverence...

Where Canada Needs To Go Next On Its Journey To The Right To Adequate Housing

Last month, we shared the work of FRAPRU, a organization made up of 80+ national, regional and local organizations active in the Province of QuebecFRAPRU aligns with the organization's...

An Early Start On Reading To Break Out Of Poverty

The COVID pandemic drew our attention to housing issues. It also highlighted gaps in the education system. This put students who were homeless at a double disadvantage. Enter Phoebe Grant-Robinson,...

Responses To Housing Emergencies That Put Housing Access In Local Hands

This post is about two remarkable women who are reframing how we think about housing emergencies. Yasmeen Lari and Marie McGregor Pitawanakwat are from different parts of the world....

Who’s Standing Up As UN Right To Adequate Housing Falls Flat In Canada?

North America's growing rental housing housing crisis can be found expressed in its three major languages, English, Spanish and French. The third language, French, is prevalent in the province...

A Denver Experiment To Improve Access To Food And Generate Electricity

Have you heard of the three sisters? They are the corn, beans and squash plants, which have been grown together in indigenous gardens for centuries. Each one helps the...

Scottish Commissioner: Housing Children In Hotels Violates Their Rights

Scotland has a Children and Young People’s Commissioner. The position existed prior to 2014 but could only reach out to protect groups of children. After 2014, the Commissioner could address...

A Christmas Song Honouring Prince William’s Support For The Unhoused

The Christian celebration of Christmas has long involved music. But over years, decades, centuries, that music has evolved beyond hymns of praise to the birth of a Lord. Nowadays,...

Poor City Mice: Unaffordable Housing For Nearly All Social Classes?

If, as the experts suggest, we have advanced from the Millennial Generation to Generation Z, how sorry should feel be for those born into this shiny new cohortFor some...

Remote Workers (From Home) Can Move To Make Housing Affordable

For several years now we've been noting the burden of high housing costs on various industries that have been forced to bite the bullet and either hunt down or...

Food: Everybody Needs It For Survival. How About For Community Interaction Among Seniors?

There are no definitive answers yet from a new Bournemouth University project in association with the UK's United St Saviour’s Charity. The LEMONADE Project intends to ". . . provide multigenerational...

NIMBY? Lower Sackville Nova Scotia Neighbours Promote Pure YIMBY Towards The Homeless

An event is taking place in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, which is quite extraordinary in North America. That community is largely one of single family homes — a suburb...

NYC Homeless Shelter in Trouble After 40 Years. The West Coast Wants A More Permanent Fix

Many countries have looked to America as a world leader. Not surprising then that people expect the United States, as the wealthiest country in the world, would be the...

Too Grown Up To Be Granted A Right To Education?

Does a Human Right to Adequate Housing include education? COVID-19 offered a meaningful perspective on this question when the pandemic schooling shifted away from the traditional 'school-house' approach. Thanks...

Dealing With Major Housing Disasters: The United Nations Has A Recipe

The 'first world' consists of all those countries which, while pleading poor (don't they all?) consider themselves arrived in the land of advanced civilization. Their self-importance is often iron-clad....

McKinney-Vento Meets The Right To Adequate Housing

An article in The Conversation about the McKinney-Vento Act set off a lengthy discussion at the editorial table of affordablehousingaction.org: does McKinney-Vento connect with the right to adequate housing...

Massachusetts Temporary Shelters Overflow: Is It A Shelter Crisis Or A Housing Crisis?

A right to temporary housing? Sorry, Massachusetts is all full up with its existing responsibilities to locals in distress. There's no room for incomers. The issue at hand in the...

UK Homeless Teens: Right To Adequate Housing? The Devil Is In The Details

It's easier to pay lip service to 'adequate housing' if you can drag the costs down. The issue arises for a government tasked with arranging a young person's care....

Housing Discussion Forums – Opening Pandora’s Box?

If you are looking for ways to hold discussions about housing issues, you might want to check out the Housing Hangouts that are hosted by the University of North...

Wanted: A U.S. War To Support A Drug Too Valuable to Smoke: Affordable Housing!

It still remains (barely) possible that smaller communities suffering from a gradually increasing homelessness crisis can solve their problems at the local municipality level. Wanted: resources to quickly satisfy basic...

Feed The Homeless? Whenever You Say, God.

God, it seems, may have no sense of timing, at least as far as humans might assess the situation. Could this be a problem? Actually, it can be quite...

How Long Before Persistent, Growing Homelessness Demands A Final Solution?

When your country needs housing, it is both conventional as well as common to build houses for people who need them. A substantial number of the world's countries are...

Are American Schools Really Trying To Educate Children Who Are Homeless?

According to a US report from the Center For Public Integrity, "The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which protects the educational rights of homeless students, requires schools to identify and...

Canada Embraces Refugees With The Homeless Opportunites Of Full Citizens

In Canada, there is a certain smug satisfaction that we are handling refugees the 'right way.' By and large (but not entirely) there today remain more than just the...

Hamilton Churches: Picking Up The Pace Of Housing Advocacy In Canada

How do you get people on board with a program to build more housing for people who aren’t being well served by the private market? This question led the...

World Petrolheads Forever Impoverished By ‘Greening’? Can Luxembourg Help?

At the price of considerable criticism, United Kingdom Prime Minister Sunak has delayed the end of purchaseable new petrol power as a means of transport. It will be delayed...

US Architect Stepping Up To Build Deeply Affordable Housing

We recently reported an interview with UK architect Peter Barber. In it, Barber speaks directly about the need for much more housing for people with very low incomes. Try:...

Borrowed UK Perspectives: Helpful In Redefining New World Affordable Housing?

Here's a post based on material originally aimed at a United Kingdom market, but with most certainly a relevance elsewhere, particularly struggling North America. A winner of the UK's Neave...

Roma: Indigenous Peoples Needing Specialized Human Rights?

Roma are often linked in the English language to wanderers in the British Isles and Ireland, described as 'gypsies', 'travellers', or 'tinkers.' Are they Europe's indigenous people? It's a...

Raising The Flag For Public Housing Tenants And Their Homes

In the article linked below, Nasteho Said brings to life the experience of living in public housing in the US, UK and Australia. Said weaves three events together: ...

Gentrification In Roxbury, Boston: If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them

Six years ago Roxbury a neighbourhood in Boston, Massachusetts, was being eaten alive by the local tech industry. Roxbury residents were losing housing to well-paid tech employees who moved...

Education Technology Trips Up Students Worldwide During COVID

A UNESCO publication, introduced in UNESCO's own words: "A new book about experiences with educational technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications for the future of learning... "The COVID-19 pandemic...

Homeless School Children: Uncountable Numbers, Inadequate Education

It may seem strange to case the world for bad news, rather than good news, in order to tackle social problems. Education is one field where observing the trials...

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....

Employer-Provided Housing Sustains Elder Care Homes

The issue of workforce housing has been getting more attention. When local public servants (fire fighters, paramedics and police officers) can't afford housing, governments pay attention. The same is...

Better Bang For Your Buck From Renting? American Homeowner Dream Heresy!

Attention Denizens of Legendary Dogpatch, USA! Which of America's Biggest and Best Cities might entice you to buy in to the American Home Ownership Dream? If you are actually American,...

Study: Autistic Brains Are ‘Wired Differently.’ Housing and Social Support Suffers

A recent study from the United Kingdom reports that the 'differentness' of autistic people hampers their ability to take advantage of resources that support health, education, and housing. What is...

Doing More To Welcome People With Disabilities

When you hear the word disability in the context of housing, what comes to mind? ramps wide doorways roll in showers a place of your own an extra...

Trouble In Paradise: How Far Does NY Commitment To Shelter Actually Stretch

All right, we are exaggerating slightly, calling New York 'paradise.' But when it comes to that state's legal commitment to a human right to adequate shelter, there are some...

John Wheatley Cigarette Card: Never Hit A Home Run, Only Created Social Housing

Have you got a cigarette card of John Wheatley like the one above? Collecting cigarette cards of British politicians probably never had the the attraction of owning baseball cards...

Students In Vocational Careers That Help Homeless People

Not everyone imagines lifelong happiness with a string of fancy degrees (as well as a massive debt). Career? Maybe some kind of high powered financier, spiriting wealth out of...

Mining Schools For Adult Gold Needs ‘Company Town’ Housing For Teachers

By and large, children passing from primary to secondary school can go from uncontrollable but cute to controllable (barely) but poisonous. The presence of either category of child can...

Making More Homes More Accessible To People With Disabilities

Two of the links below are about housing projects that are under construction in America. A non-profit called The Kelsey is behind both of them. The Kelsey is dedicated to...

Introducing Affraudable Housing — Affordability Based On At Least One Piggy Bank

Affraudable housing is becoming more common these days. All that is needed is a bad attitude, some small math skill, and a willingness to pull the wool over hopeful...

Reserving Social Housing For Aging Teens – A Boost To Productivity?

The human right to adequate housing has been slowly gaining world-wide popularity. These days, most countries are prepared to pay at least lip service to the concept. But adequate housing...

UK Keeps The Flame Of Refugee Hope Alive . . . In All The Wrong Ways?

The United Kingdom's vulnerability to unwanted migrants has coughed up a range of solutions to an invasion of refugees — real as well as allegedly fake — who have...

In Search Of The Incredible Hulk

No, not the Jolly(?) Green Giant of comic book fame, but the floating military motel with roots in the Napoleonic Wars. And in Portland Harbour, United Kingdom, the Incredible...

The Origins Of The Modern Kitchen

Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky is not a household name. And yet, she was a vital presence in housing design for most of the 20th century. Following World War I, Schütte-Lihotzky was commissioned...

End Of Life Care For Homeless People

In bald terms, hospitals have a mission to patch you up and get you out the door. It is not an ideal environment for someone who is dying. This...

Affordable Homes For The Neurodivergent: A Profound Challenge Everywhere

People who are 'physically divergent' — different from the current physical norms — are often easy to spot. The person who carries out normal day-to-day activities in a wheelchair...

Bye Bye ‘COVID Safety’ For All. Hello ‘Pay As You Can’ From Parking To Electric Power

How does the current economic climate affect housing and homelessness? One direct effect is the wind-down of COVID emergency measures that saw "everybody indoors" safety measures which provided temporary housing...

The Postwar Baby Boom Is Becoming The Silver Tsunami. Is It Euthanasia Time?

It may seem a little harsh even for a socialist publication — the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) — to point the finger at mainstream health authority plans to...

Kwajo Tweneboa: Housing Activist Found Worthy Of A Medal, But Gave It A “No Thanks”

The United Kingdom housing activist, Kwajo Tweneboa, has apparently had his fifteen minutes of fame. But he has not quite retired into the fond obscurity that Google and the...

A Veterinarian Pioneers Trauma-Informed Care For Homeless Pets

Trauma-informed care takes account of the possibility that a person who is seeking services has experienced trauma. For people who are homeless, the possibility of experiencing trauma is much...

From Homelessness To Higher Learning: A Difficult Path Which Needs Caring Support

Some folks might want to help people who are homeless, but would like do more than sustain a seemingly never-ending parade of marginal existence and misery. For those keen to...

Privatization Of Illegal Homeless Encampments: A City-Provoked Trend?

City authorities across North America and elsewhere tend to bow down to their democratic masters: at least some portion of the general public, as well as lobbyists for business...

Does Regina, Saskatchewan Need A Shit-In? No, There’s No Misspelling In This Headline

Affordable housing activists everywhere are faced with an exasperating truth: only they, as well as people experiencing homelessness, understand that harassment solves no problems. Predictable cause and effect works...
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