Role Models

Those who toil with particular distinction in the crisis world of affordable housing

Housing Opportunities In The Midst Of Extreme Poverty In Texas

Brownsville, Texas borders on Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico. It sits in the delta of the Rio Grande River. It is low and flat, floods regularly and "gets...

Darn! Another Unexpected Public Housing Good News Story

Happy to be happy? Or happy to be miserable? This writer was most likely enjoying the latter state of mind just a few days ago. He was pacing around...

Gump Is Dead But Anonymous Donors Aren’t, Thank Heavens!

From abundance fifty years ago, the Christmas Island Forest Skink is now extinct. Gump died. She was the last of her kindTry:Extinction obituary: the sudden, sad disappearance of the...

Homeless, Too Young To Be A Mother? Sahana Has Your Back

How can you help if you're only fifteen? Suppose you became aware that some fifteen-year-olds are both like you, and profoundly NOT like you, because they are already mothers...

Bristol UK Social Housing Bootstraps Wind Power

The world is scheduling the abandonment of gas and petroleum power. So bring on electricity! That demand is being energized by activists and, increasingly, by government. And when governments...

Feeling Pissed About We The Police? Have A House On Us.

In North America, we're accustomed to Police Associations as reactive. Defending this officer or that from allegations of this or that. Lobbying this jurisdiction or that to prevent reduction...

The Big Issue: Rewarding UK’s Lived-Experience-In-Chief

It's only taken, what? — 900 odd years or so to make the change, but the United Kingdom has converted at least some corners of the National Office of...

Human Rights And Disabilities – 40 Years of Action

Jan Grue has Muscular Dystrophy. He is a professor at the University of Oslo in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography. Grue was born in 1981, the International Year...

How Much Can A Single Person Help The Homeless?

Americans near one of the world's longest borders as well as Canadians (indeed, most of the country's population), share the same winter weather. The homeless are the most vulnerable...

Hamilton Ontario: Defunding? No. Re-Thinking, Rearranging The Cost Of Policing

A city such as Hamilton, Ontario, with a population of 560,000, fields an emergency call whose sketchy details suggest it might — just might be — triggered by a...

Video: Spanish City Neighbours Help Evictees Find Shelter

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, is one of the densest cities in Spain and lies just southwest of Barcelona. It's suffering from a serious crisis of housing price rises followed by...

Clothes Come Out Of The Closet, Helping One Itty Bitty Step At A Time

Homelessness will be solved, nation by nation, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, as individuals are sufficiently moved by this tragedy to actively add their efforts, however small. to the collective will....

Feeding/Sheltering The Homeless: Leave It To The Good Will of Children?

Here's a thoroughly heart warming piece of good news straight out of a child's storybook with a storybook's tearfully happy ending. A young boy with a serious disease is...

WI Family Homeless Crisis: For Some, Gone Today, Here Tomorrow

The COVID-19 pandemic initiated a scramble to protect both communities and residents who were homeless. Some of the actions have been shown to be well-intentioned but wrong-headedTry: Shelter “Option”...

Working For “The Man” Can Be A Heavy Burden, Unless “The Man” Is You

For those of us who are on the lower end of the income scale, it's critical that we extract the best value for the money we spend. This principle...

How Much Can A Street Corner Market Stall Skew A City’s Future?

If you live in a large city anywhere, it's not hard to put eyes on the dominating concept for the municipal change: "top down" city development. Just gaze on...

Fiercely Dependent! Reporting The News The Way YOU See It

Fiercely Dependent? Well, it certainly makes a change from the more usual journalistic pronouncement: "Fiercely Independent: Reporting the news the way WE see it." The Halifax Examiner is looking for a little...

Growing Non-Market Housing Programs With An Eye On Equity

Advocates and community organizations are calling attention to inequities in the housing market in the United States. The burden of COVID-19 (who gets sick, who has to go to...

Building Kinship To End Homelessness: Connecting Through Construction

This post is part of a series about ways that people provide support to those who experience homelessness. The idea that "we treat everyone as kin" resonates through the...

COVID’s Economic Effects Come Home To Roost

Across Canada, we're somewhat envious of the Maritime provinces, which have managed to keep their COVID infection numbers to a minimum. However, COVID's economic effects are definitely being felt...

Building Kinship To End Homelessness: Connecting Through Archeology

This post is part of a series about ways that people provide support to those who experience homelessness. The idea that "we treat everyone as kin" resonates through the...

Building Kinship To End Homelessness: Connection Rooted In Faith

This week, affordablehousingaction.org initiates a series of posts about projects where people provide support to those people who experience homelessness. The inspiration for this series draws from an indigenous definition...

Public “Housing Of Last Resort” Offers Advice on Community Rebuild

It's easy to dismiss the ideas and perceptions of those who live in "housing of last resort." Barricaded in poorly maintained apartments, crunching across needles strewn in hallways, harassed for...

A Thousand Tiny Points Of Sawdust Help Home Schooling In Decatur Public Housing

There is nothing new about the need to support education for lowest income families. Schooling is seen everywhere as the ticket out of poverty. Alas, in the US three...

Housing Conditions In Canada’s Far North: Bad Enough To Make You Sick

When compared with Canada as a whole, people in the Territory of Nunavut are four times more likely to live in a home in need of major repairs. Homes...

‘The Soo’ City Councillor Hammers Home Affordable Refurbishing Scheme.

Can't get elected as a city councillor in The Soo?The Soo is the nickname of Sault (pronounced 'Soo') Ste. Marie in the province of Ontario If you're a carpenter...

America, Too, Please Note: London UK Mayor On the Value of Public Housing

The Mayor of London is himself an example of the benefits of public housing, largely abandoned as unworkable in America. He grew up in one, takes pride in the...

Hodan, Please Don’t Go Back Where You Came From. We Need You Here!

Let's talk about a kick-ass Somalian from Minnesota, a new member in the House Of Representatives. We must mean Ilhan Omar, the new member of the U.S. House of Representatives,...

Local Governments & Businesses Plan To Push For Fed Affordable Housing Leadership

At the latest Group of Seven(G7) get-together in Biarritz, France, Trump and his aides made it clear that official federal policy, regardless of the views of the American people,...

Affordability To The Rescue Of The New Marxists. Who Are They? The 1%, Of Course.

Marx was a classical economist who predicted that capitalism would self-destruct, then offered some predictions about what might replace it. It was Lenin, not Marx, who proposed putting capitalism...

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

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...

UCLA Launches New Program For Affordable Housing

If you are someone toiling in the trenches to develop affordable housing, you'll know it's a complex business, with a fair bit of learn-as-you-go. You've probably seen enough professional education...

Finding Ho-Hum: Good News Stories And Affordable Progress Vs. NIMBY Nastiness

NIMBY almost inevitably marred a recent heart-warming Toronto tale of a single family's selfless gift to homeless women. A family purchased a mansion-sized house on a five lane commuter corridor...

Billie Vaughn Breaks Down Barriers to American Affordable Housing

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...

Karl Marx: Renaissance Bound?

Perhaps you know Karl Marx as the spawn of the devil who invented the Soviet Union, winner of the free world's Top Evil Empire Prize year after year for...

Squat To Own: Impossible? Not So, Call The Expert Who’s Been There.

Squatter's rights: hard to believe they have any. But they do, along with a host of wrongs, such as trespass. Ask Steven DeCaprio. He's been there. A squatter living in the...

The View From Hobart: Booming Economies Swell Jobs, Shrink Homes

In the United States, the current Republican-dominated congress, the president, big businesses and wealthy cronies have dined out on a 1.5 trillion dollar tax break which will supposedly more...

You Can Be A Big Time Real Estate Developer. And You Don’t Need To Get Rich!

Are you friendly and outgoing? Shrewd, with a head for financial details and nose for business? Driven and hard-working? A team player with management skills necessary to effectively harness...
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