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Atlanta: Having Your Affordability Cake And Eating It, Too

Housing crises worldwide are demanding responses on a scale that transcends free market developer interest (We'd rather build luxury homes!) as well as low hanging fruit (Make granny flats...

The Extinction Rebellion Vs. Affordable Housing: Adversaries Or Soul Mates?

These days, a great deal of visionary thinking is being applied to newly appreciated human concerns such as Climate Change, the Green New Deal, the Extinction Rebellion and other...

Housing Crisis? Who Cares In The UK? Apparently The People But Not The Politicians

During the 2016 American pre-election campaigns we noted that affordable housing was an 'elephant in the room' — something that politicians were presumably aware of, but nobody was discussing.See:...

Affordable Housing Crisis: Miami Hits The Bad Times Big Time

If your city is looking to become world-class these days, unaffordable housing looks to be a promising way to get there. Sooner of later, your metropolis may have a...

Foreigners Needed To Buy Canada’s World Class Unaffordable Housing

'And the least shall be greatest. And lo, in the fullness of time, the least did indeed become both least and greatest. And they most thoroughly wished that they...

American Police Take On Ugly Role As Eviction Advocates

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...

‘Grannie Flat’ Boomlet Is About Affordable Housing And . . . Grannies!

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are separate living suites within a principal residence, or standing alone somewhere on the property of that residence. A recent report from California has suggested...

Can You Get There From Here? Plugging Low Income Americans Into Affordable Housing

An individual or an agency interposes itself between you and your objective and offers to help. Sure, you can hope for convenience, but hardly ever a cost saving. Help when...

Student Housing Woes: Worthy Of Worry Or Wrong-Headed Whining?

To an American student complaining about unaffordable housing, a sensible college administration might point out that earning a degree can well add an extra million dollars or so to...

Hey Mistah Barista! You May Be Able To Afford the World’s Most Expensive Cities!

We're taking a little excursion into the housing affordability stratosphere today. Not because we wish to wallow in the land of unaffordable living. We're bringing a little comfort to...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Moving

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...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Parking

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...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Application Fees

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...

Vancouver B.C. Podiums Second In This Year’s World Unaffordability Steeplechase Cup

Number One? That would be perennial favourite Hong Kong, admired universally in a class of its own when it comes to unaffordability. The Unaffordability Steeplechase silverware is permanently installed...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Public Transit

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...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Access to Banking

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...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: The Bay Area’s ‘Pay By Distance’

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...

Churning: A Preposterous Reinvention Of NYC Public Housing Problems

A recent article in CITYLAB features a pundit with a narrow vision of New York City's public housing problems: he feels there's just not enough churning. Churning? It's a rental...

The Middle Class Unaffordable House: Are There Middle Class Income Solutions?

Most explorations about the affordability crisis in a nation seem to turn on the cost of housing. Ever more expensive building materials are assembled by ever more expensive labour...

Affordable Housing Details You Might Not Have Considered: Food

Once, 'affordable' meant not more than 20% of gross income spent on housing. Above 20%, individual or family health and welfare was threatened. These days the threshold has been...

Domestic Violence Victims: Out Of The Frying Pan And Into A Bureaucratic Housing Fire

The Guardian has recently explored how domestic violence victims in the UK are assisted in escaping their misery. A somewhat surprising conclusion is that many of them are further...

Iowa Considers Prisoner Training To Support Affordable Rural House-Building

Rural municipalities in Iowa are talking with prison officials about building low cost housing. With profitable higher densities and numbers, housing projects in cities attract most or all of...

Arts Platform Aims To Curb Gentrification

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...

In USA ‘. . . the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice. . .’

A more complete and damning quote from a new United Nations report: ". . .in a rich country like the United States, the persistence of extreme poverty is a...

Ugly Consequences When Housing For Vulnerable Populations Goes Unregulated

Three unrelated stories point to the importance of regulating or monitoring affordable housing for vulnerable populations. In America, there is a federal requirement that cities and states provide housing and...

U.S. Government Needs To Subsidize The Middle Class. Which Middle Class?

The housing development industry on both sides of the Atlantic has succeeded in an enormous propaganda campaign to redefine the middle class based on a need for more luxurious...

Car Living Skyrockets In Seattle. Is It Affordable Housing Or Homelessness?

What significance might be attached to a January 2018 discovery that there was a huge increase in the number of Seattle's homeless found living in vehicles? Thanks to a...

From Unaffordable Here To Affordable There: American Migration Today

Why do people move? Mobility in the United States has historically been driven by employment. Unlike an old world tendency to stick to a home city, town or village,...

Death On The Streets

How many homeless people spend cold nights on the streets of your community? How many have no shelter to go to? How many sleep rough because they cannot cope...

Small And Self-Sufficient: An Affordable Housing Solution For First Nations Homeless Men

Where the road meets the water at the end of a long British Columbia fijord, the magnificent scenery of Bella Coola is little comfort for indigenous men from the...

The Repeal Of Net Neutrality: Communications Disaster Or Potential Benefit For Affordable Housing?

America's repeal of net neutrality has been greeted by much handwringing, and the spectre of giant telecom companies upping prices and limiting options for customers. But there is another way...

Web Access: Trivial Pursuits? Or As Essential To Affordable Homes As Running Water?

Two recent stories from Axios neatly frame the issue. For years, housing the needy in ghettos remote from a city has been a non-starter. Without a job, what hope for...

Housing Supports: Cuyahoga County Department Of Unintended Results

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...

Released British Prisoners Escape Unaffordable Housing Crisis By Committing Suicide

A new British report by the NAO (National Audit Office) suggests that prisons now drive 90 per cent of inmates mad, or turns them into drug addicts, or both....
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