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Affordable Housing terms, conditions and subsidies often play out through negotiations at several levels of government ranging from local through to national

“Thanks, But No Thanks:” Austin TX Scorns State Affordable Housing Bribery Cash

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The willingness of governments to scrape affordable housing responsibility off their plates finds an almost perfect match with 'small government' philosophy, founded on the idea that 'private enterprise can...

Freer Housing Is ‘Fairer Housing.’ Yowza!

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It's not often that we copy exact chunks of headline from an article we'd like you to explore. (Not the Yowza! That's all our own work.) But otherwise, the...

Crying Out For U.S. Federal Support Of City Affordable Housing Initiatives

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Two big U.S. city councillors write about some of the steps that cities across the country are trying to implement largely on their own, in the absence of meaningful...

War On Affordable Housing: UK Government Still Leading From The Rear?

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For a good chunk of the twentieth century, national governments in the UK and the US recognized a responsibility for ensuring that lowest-income citizens had adequate housing. Over the last...

Three Takes On California’s Housing Crisis: Part 1

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Part One considers the current clash of legal responsibilities between the two levels of government actively involved — state and local — focusing on Pasadena.

In London, UK, New Social Housing Projects Stand Up To Be Noticed

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The public face of much-touted public private partnerships (PPP) is a local county council. For several decades now, local councils have been expected to maintain rental housing stock for...

Canadian Cities Want More Balanced Federal Affordable Housing Strategy

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When Canada's sleeping giant (in this case, its federal government) finally awoke to a variety of housing crises in 2017, it did so with a 10 year, 40 billion...

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

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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,...

Affordable Housing In The Swamp: Raising Up A Pyramid Of Govt Ineffectiveness?

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Are higher levels of government too remote from the practical problems faced by cities? It's certainly a cause for worry in America, particularly when the subject is the affordable...

Tasmania: Today’s Social Fallout From Yesterday’s ‘Business’ Of Sheltering The Poor

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Nice little business you've got going for yourselves there, Australia. The Federal Government bankrolls a state — Tasmania — to build public housing. Too bad the state can't pay...

Kingston, ON, Pinpoints Today’s Affordable Housing Crisis . . . 50 Years Ago

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Affordable housing? It's déja vu all over again in Kingston, Ontario, as the local paper compares the current affordable housing crisis to the one the city was suffering in...

Ontario’s New Housing Plan Wallows in Happy-Clappy Possibilities, Few Promises

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The Ontario Government has just announced its housing program. The principal strategies? Building more housing and selling government assets. There is also a sweeping announcement about possible changes to...

Affordable Housing: How Do I Cheat Thee? Let Me Count The Ways . . .

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Amazon recently withdrew from its commitment to a new headquarters in New York City. The news was received as a tragedy by advocates of insatiable business growth as the...

Whodunnit? Flat-Foot Inspector HUD Says NYCHA Dunnit. Court Insists On Oversight.

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In the spirit of bumbling inspector Clouseau, Inspector HUD has turned its magnifying glass upon its own shoes, and found them . . . shiny. But Inspector HUD is not...

Strong Calls For National Affordable Housing Leadership On Both Sides Of The Atlantic

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At last! Solutions to the affordable housing conundrum have coincidentally been offered in both the United States and the United Kingdom that match the scale of this ever-widening crisis. The...

Affordable Housing Shell Game: How Canadian Federal ‘More’ Becomes Regional ‘Less’

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Federal Government interest in affordable housing for Canadians peaked after World War II and then steadily declined into indifference and neglect that has characterized that government's attitude over the...

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

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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...

The Housing Crisis Leadership Vacuum: U.S. States Step Up To the Plate

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Who can build what kinds of housing, and where can they they build it? Housing policies and zoning regulations have long been a municipal affair. However, managing the growing...

The Affordable Housing Crisis Spawns Irish Intergovernmental Sparring. A Sign Of Things To Come Worldwide?

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In a true crisis such as a war, leadership is hands-on from the top down. Only national governments have the power to find the funding and resources to make...

My Way Is The Highway: Toronto Renters & Buyers Losing Faith With Government, Consider Heading For The Hills

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In all housing matters affordable, Toronto has disappointed in recent years. The City has an affordable housing office that has studied the city's housing problem while churning out reports...

Social Housing In Three Nations: Three Recent Government Attitudes on Display

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From the left: The United Kingdom At least some people in Britain, including those who vote labour, are looking forward to leader Jeremy Corbyn's regular promises of 1,000,000 new units of...

Major California Housing Bill Dies In First Committee Hearing

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California, liberal as it may be, is ground zero for activist NIMBYites. They have made it difficult or impossible for communities to make progress in the face of both...

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...

Town Barks At Affordable Housing ‘Riff-Raff’: The Law Bites Back

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The minutes of a Massachusetts town meeting made the position of their Board of Selectmen quite clear: affordable housing dwellers are a class of riff-raff unsuitable for local gracious...

Opinion: Solving The Affordable Housing Crisis Requires Bad Planning

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We take our hats off to the commitment, enthusiasm and admirable intentions of Mayor Michele Martinez, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Santa Ana, Orange County, California and...

NJ Affordable Housing Horse-Trading Is Snookered By Judge

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New Jersey towns and cities have had a long history of trying very hard to wriggle out of affordable housing responsibilities, so hard in fact that the courts have...

Ottawa Homelessness: Bailing An Ocean, One Small, Futile Policy Step At A Time

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Everyone knows you can't bail out a sea. And yet, when it comes to homelessness, city councils behave like children on a beach staring at the water with a...

“Affordable Housing: The State Must Lead.”

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During World War II, housing was devastated across Europe, all the way from Britain to Russia. Elsewhere, in countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, the war...

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...

Affordable Housing Held Hostage In A ‘Two America’ Crisis

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Blue city in a red state. Two competing visions of tomorrow's America. One community is thwarted by a larger region, dominated by a deeply unsympathetic population. Because of the progressive...
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