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Moab Prof Proves It Can Be Done — Energy Efficiency AND Affordability

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Climate change is a new reality facing housing. But with heartfelt cries for housing affordability ringing in government ears everywhere, are costly climate-friendly houses forever to be at odds...

Bureaucracy Loves The Pros Though They Won’t Fix Housing Affordability

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Bureaucrats must sigh with relief when one of the half-dozen or so major homebuilders the United Kingdom walk through the door with a project proposal. The same sentiment is undoubtedly...

US Housing Vouchers Don’t Work. Time To Turn Back the Clock For A Better Idea?

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The following article begins with a personal adventure in attempting to utilize a Housing Choice (Section 8) voucher in order to rent an apartment. These vouchers were created in...

Evicted Oakland Squatter-Moms Buy That Vacant House

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Fabulous news for the evicted moms. A totally meaningless victory in a war that desperately needs to be fought against house flipping?

Welcome To A Magical Orlando Experience: For You, But Not Theme Park Workers

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The tourist industry is vital to the economies of many countries. Orlando, Florida is one of those places in the U.S. However delightful it can be for visitors, working...

How Canadian Landlords Skate Around Renoviction Laws

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There are legal renovictions and illegal renovictions. Many countries allow renovictions — a term that describes landlords throwing out renters in order to renovate rental housing.For more on renovictions,...

Little To Ask: The Simple Pleasure of Affording To Return Home

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Two recent in-depth articles in Shelterforce provide a snapshot of an unexpected argument that has come up, thanks to gentrification. Gentrification displaces long time inhabitants of a neighbourhood, particularly the people...

Repairs R Us: Habitat For Humanity Diversifies Onward

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In the free markets of today's democracies, housing is an investment, not a human right. To build housing in this commodified environment is to pursue profit, not to reaffirm...

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...

Resilience: What Is It? What’s It Got To Do With Affordable Housing?

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Resilience is a measure of how well a crisis, calamity, or catastrophe can be withstood. As the term is used in this blog, it comes in two flavours. Community resilience...

Canada’s Federal Housing Initiative: Dancing Booties On Feet Of Clay

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Faced with country-wide housing crises like much of the world, two years ago Canada claimed it was at last standing up to be counted, after decades of little or...

Harvesting Humans For Profit In The UK

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One of the currently most successful human harvesting activities in free enterprise societies can be found in the United States — private jailing. Because the collection and control of humans...

Three Takes On California’s Housing Crisis: Part 2

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Part two of a three part series on California's housing crisis published in the California Globe moves to Los Angeles to take a personal look at those most affected by the housing crisis — the homeless.

Wellington, NZ Modular Housing: Still Taxiing Towards The Takeoff Runway?

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On one hand, modular housing offers building techniques that can result in more affordable housing construction. On the other, homebuilders prefer to keep using construction techniques they understand which allow...

Homeless While Working: A Growing Urban Tragedy In Advanced Societies

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A widespread misconception about the nature of homelessness needs urgent correction. It is an understandable, and unfortunately highly convenient, misconception. It puts the focus on a small handful of...

Could Guaranteed Income End Accidental Evictions From Affordable Housing?

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My decidedly middle class in-laws recently received a small windfall inheritance. Their action? To splurge on a bucket list trip for Mom, Dad, and two kids to celebrate the...

Sweden Sniffs At Co-Living For Affordable Housing: Social Blessing Or Social Disaster?

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With housing becoming increasingly unaffordable, ingenious ways of reducing shelter costs abound. One trending fad featuring in the news media: co-living. A boon? A bust? There are two sides to...

Born Again Social Housing? Is It Possible? Scotland’s Done It

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America is where social housing went to die. Poisoned by the cold war that tarnished all things that remotely hinted of socialism or communism, social housing's slow death was,...

Affordable Shipping Container Housing: Comfy Microhomes Or Homeless Prison Cells?

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Quirky Architectural Think-Toy For an affordable housing solution? Or barely habitable concentration camp cage for homeless children? It would seem that shipping container housing can be both. Just as a pile...

Explaining First-time Homelessness Rise In Boise, Idaho

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According to some, there is no housing crisis in AmericaTry: Turn Menace Into Myth: How To Bigfoot An Affordable Housing Crisis. It takes a pretty blinkered view of housing events...

Institutionalizing Homelessness: Bangor, Maine, Hands Out Tents

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On one hand "Make India Great" is coming close to providing true housing for an entire population of one and a third billion over a span of 7 years.Try:...

American East Coast Liberalism, A Dogma For Preaching, Not Practice

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Let's take a most 'Christian' (supposedly charitable) interpretation of a certainly-Christian teaching: 'Ye shall know them by their deeds.' (Mathew 7:16). Use it as a lens with which to...

California Homelessness: ‘Housing First’ Masks A Greater Problem

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Housing First is a much respected world wide housing program. It has been so successful in helping individuals who are chronically homeless to leave the streets that its approach...

Australian Journalism Inspires A Rumination About Rooming Houses

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Traditional boarding (or rooming) houses are NOAH, and they suffer for it. They cannot be barred by NIMBY activists, because they are already IN the neighbourhood. Yet they offer affordable housing in an era of affordable housing crisis. And though rooming houses invariably add to neighbourhood density, they do so in a relatively nonintrusive way, unlike a high-rise sun-blocking apartment tower.

UK Supreme Court Rules On ‘Intentional Homelessness’

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In 2011, Terryann Samuels, a mother of four in England, was faced with a difficult decision. She could 'top up' her public rent assistance with £150 of her basic...

Affordable Grannie Flats Are ‘In.’ Flop Houses? In Minnesota, Not so Much… Yet.

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Simple solutions have a way of finding themselves. Some reports suggest that at ground zero of the affordable housing crisis — the state of California — grand schemes for generating...

South Bend Inconvenient Truth: More ‘Red Tape’, Not Less, For Affordable Housing

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Our headline misuses the term 'red tape.' That usage falls in line with the way affordable housing interest groups such as the homebuilding industry are complaining about 'red tape.'...

Housing First, Helsinki Style

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The Guardian has just published a story about Finland’s remarkable success in lowering the number of people who are homeless in the capital Helsinki. We’ve covered stories about Finland’s success...

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...

The Stubbornly High Number Of American Women In Jail: Is Eviction A Factor?

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It seems that the lucrative harvest of quasi-felons that enriches the American jailing industry is growing disproportionately female. Further, the lack of affordable housing may play a significant role...

Hospitals Still Spending Millions Treating People Who Are Homeless

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In 2006, Malcolm Gladwell penned the story of Million Dollar Murray, a veteran who found home in the streets of Reno, Nevada. He also spent a good deal of...

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

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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...

Affordability Through Homesharing Can Be More Positive Than You Think

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Room sharing, flat sharing, or house sharing by students can be a delightful experience. Still, stories abound of horror-show partnerships that mar this often-necessary college-age adventure. The misfortunes of a...

Homeless And School Association: Wisconsin’s New Normal?

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Faced with low wages and unaffordable housing, people become homeless. Some have children. School districts find themselves struggling to accommodate students who are homeless. It's a predictable problem, and...

Never Mind ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Where’s Charlie? Not In The Hospital Again!

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Sometimes a personal perspective is the best way to bring statistics to life. This is particularly true when activists connect two complex situations together in a useful way. For...

Amsterdam To Plug Loopholes That Gobble Up Affordable Rental Housing

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Build on surplus city land! It's an idea growing in popularity in different countries as a way of addressing the world-wide affordable housing crisis. That crisis reflects an ever-decreasing stock of...

Developers Discover ‘Missing Middle’ Housing Possible Without Subsidies

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Thanks to housing industry lobbying, the affordable housing crisis that requires government subsidies has expanded upscale from traditional definitions of affordability. The gravy train of subsidies everywhere encompasses 'missing middle'...

Homelessness: Not Only A Bigger Problem Than You Think, But Bigger Than Homeless Themselves Think

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A reasonably well dressed person walks purposefully past you on the street. Are they homeless? Why on earth would you think so? They aren't huddled in a doorway under a...

Legal Rooming Houses: Part Of The Affordable Housing Puzzle In Toronto

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The plucky Scarborough Community Legal Clinic is back in the news, reminding Torontonians about people living in rental housing that is illegal in most residential districts in the city:...

Say It Ain’t So! Missing Middle Gobbles Up Habitat for Humanity Homes

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Habitat For Humanity, the affordable housing fundraiser par excellence, the folks who perfected volunteer sweat equity, have thrown up their hands in California and cried 'uncle.' The bottom line: in...

For Rent: The American Dream

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No surprise, really, that the American Dream of single family home ownership in a nice neighbourhood has always been for rent (minus the ownership portion, of course). Homeowners can carelessly...

Cities Can Unite To Force National Government Action On Affordable Housing: An EU Perspective

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An intriguing, wide-ranging article from Ireland reports on a recent affordable housing conference for European Union cities. The conference was held in Vienna, Austria, which in itself is a...

Why Don’t We Plan For Slow-Rolling Emergencies When We Know They Are Coming?

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Unaffordable housing is, for an increasing many, an inconvenience. A major home life and work disruption, quite possibly. A temporary upheaval that may affect lifelong happiness, no question. But when...

Decline Of Business Resilience Linked To Lack Of Truly Affordable Housing

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Resilience is an important survival mechanism for individuals and families. Resilience usually implies not just enough to survive, but more than enough. When it comes to maintaining a roof...

Gentrification Has Killed Shared Housing. Affordability May Bring it Back, Complete With Benefits

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In Toronto, Ontario, shared housing hangs on stubbornly, like weeds in a well-kept lawn. Rooming houses, boarding houses, single room occupancy hotels and other forms of shared accommodation are...

Milwaukee’s ‘Worm Ouroboros’ (That’s The Snake Eating its Tail): The Affordable Housing Study That Ends Where it Began.

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Low incomes are the greatest barrier to affordable housing. This is the position of affordable housing reports from time to time. On this occasion we've felt compelled to comment. The...

Free Market Land Leaseholds. Can They Work To Keep Owned Housing Affordable?

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Owning a home on leased land? These days, most affordable housing discussions of this method of home ownership focus on community land trusts, where the home owner has a...

The Housing Ladder: Housing Prices + Down Payment + Student Debt = You Can’t Get There From Here

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Across the ocean or close to home the dilemma is the same: unaffordable housing is killing the chance of young people ever making it to the first rung of...

India->Trade Unions->Housing Co-ops->Thousands of Affordable Houses. Could It Happen Elsewhere?

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India is the world's second most populous country and it is rapidly developing. Luxury houses are no longer just the palaces of a backward feudal state. Modern sub-developments and...

‘My Way Is The High Way’ Brings Homelessness Prevention to Denver

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Denver is adding to its affordable housing programs by raising taxes from marijuana sales, beefing up a multi-million dollar fund to twice its original size. For other nations, states and...

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...

‘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...

The ‘Workforce’ Housing Demand: Could It Be A Miscalculation As Well As A Slap In The Face?

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The American housing industry, acting without doubt in enlightened self-interest, promotes the most profitable thing that you can be enticed to demand, so that they can supply it. Enter 'workforce'...

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...

Pull On A Pair Of Worn Shoes And Follow Families Down The Path To Homelessness

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Battles are fought for and against homelessness initiatives as well as affordable housing initiatives. These battles often play out in hearing rooms, committee rooms, legislative chambers, and particularly local...

Roots Of A Revolution: How Amazon Is Helping Build A New Socialist Movement

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The almost incomprehensible failure of Amazon to support the attempts of its headquarters city to build affordable housing has been the subject of ongoing posts on this blog. Given the...

Billie Vaughn Breaks Down Barriers to American Affordable Housing

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In every field of human endeavour, there are strong people with the courage and perseverance to overcome difficulties and achieve success. There are far fewer with the courage, compassion...
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