A 12-Step Program For Woke Housing-Crisis Nations, Courtesy Of Ireland

Much of the world, if not all, is addicted to housing, even to the point of declaring it a human right. It seems to be part the natural human...

Millions of Europeans Suffering Common Affordable Housing Crises

The following article provides readers with an insight into the current state of national housing crises across Europe. For largely unilingual North Americans, the article is a window into a lot...

Rent Controls — Panacea Or Pariah?

Some governments are introducing rent controls as a response to the housing crisis. This is a hotly contested measure. Landlords and developers say rent controls discourage adding stock to...

Could Reviled Public Housing Beat Current National Affordability Programs?

Useful articles on the subject of public housing have been a rarity in mainstream American publications. "Not in our lifetime," has been a characterization of a date when the...

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

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...

Minimum Wage Hikes Can’t Touch Affordable Housing Crises

These days, a class of experts we'd like to call "People With Another Great Idea" have been pleased to point out that while housing costs are largely fixed, incomes...

How To Be Wrong-Headed About The Right Kind Of Affordable Housing Assistance

"I'm sorry, Mr. Brewster Twillingate-Smithers III, but I will not rent one of my apartments to you because your income is zero, not withstanding your weekly million-dollar subsidy from the family trust."

Charlotte, NC Explores The Other Side Of The Affordable Housing Coin

In a free market, affordability is transactional. It makes sense only if there are two sides to the transaction. A seller's price (fixed) is only affordable if a purchaser's...

Will Canada-wide Public Housing Wait Times Prod More Construction?

Too much to expect, we assume, for Canada to announce the arrival of a huge burst of actual housing on National Housing Day. Maybe some kind of national surprise...

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

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...

Is An Oregon Park Upkeep Proposal Really An Attack on Affordable Housing?

Leaf-shaded walks, flower beds in profusion, well stocked duck ponds: how does such an admirably eco-minded beautification plan get affordable housing activists calling 'fowl?' The answer lies in a proposed...

Philadephia Wants Affordable Housing ‘No Sale’ Except For Non-Profits

Housing investors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who've been taking the slow boat to free market profits may soon find themselves diverted onto an unwanted around-the-world cruise by city council. The slow...

Inter-Governmental Wrangling: A True Menace To Affordable Housing?

From the Right: eliminate onerous government regulations and the free market will build us all out of affordable housing crises, providing the necessary housing for ownership by the 'workforce,'...

British Council Housing, Born 100 Years Ago. Success? Failure? Somewhere In Between

Governments are vital agents of social and economic change, not foot-dragging deep state bureaucracies committed to interfering with visionary private enterprise. Really? Mariana Mazzucato, an American economist, has earned growing international...

Kudos To Chicago’s Striking Teachers. They Broke The Law To Kick Social Ass

Chicago teachers settled their recent strike in part by ignoring their legal requirement to bargain only for wages and hours and other strictly technical issues related to their employment...

Harvesting Humans For Profit In The UK

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...

Oopsy: Outdated U.S. Law Funnels Loans For Poor To Help Gentrify Houses Instead

In order to discourage the banking practice of redliningTry: Redlining: What Was It? And We Should Be Asking ‘What Is It?’ Because It’s Still With Us, And It’s Bad,...

England Housing Remains At Risk As Govt Heel-Drags On Revised Safety Regs

Outdated Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations have been identified as the culprit in the widespread corner-cutting of high rise construction that led to the tragic Grenfell Tower FireTry:...

Permanently Temporary: Sure Sign That Homelessness Solutions Are Becoming Part Of The Problem

Cities in more advanced countries have made do for decades with handfuls of emergency shelters for the homeless, their number expanding in the winters of harsher climates. In many...

Chicago Unaffordable But Union Must Talk Only Wages & Benefits. Teachers Disagree

Only a month or so away from the 100th anniversary of the journal edition pictured above, it's worth scanning the column of articles featured within it. The final one?...

Indigenous Housing Providers: A Source Of Strength For Affordable Housing

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) has just released a report about non-profit affordable housing that is provided and operated by indigenous organizations. The housing is spread across...

The Really Grand, Super Exciting Canadian Housing Strategy Currently Leaking Hot Air

In 2017, the Liberal Government in Canada announced a comprehensive new Canadian Housing Strategy, designed apparently to bring the Canadian government back into the housing game after years of...

Affordable Housing Crisis Spin-Doctors Deliver A Faulty Prescription

Let's take the following media declaration at face value: "4 Out Of 5 Americans say there is a housing affordability crisis." Based on a sample of 20,000 people that's...

America’s Non-Housing Crisis Spreads To Infect The United Kingdom

Recently, America has produced a couple of entertaining "There Is No Housing Crisis" stories, one from the left and one from the right. On the left, a Mother Jones article...

Affordable Housing Not Your Problem? Think Again.

Build more affordable housing? Go right ahead, but not with your tax dollars. You don't need affordable housing. Maybe you're a homeowner, don't have to hunt through unaffordable listings, looking...

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. Unaffordable. A Tale of Two City States, Singapore & Hong Kong

City states have a unique advantage over cities that exist within a hierarchy of governments, where they seem to inevitably occupy a position of authority towards the bottom. City states...

World Population Bubble Burst: Who Will Be Left Holding The Empty Housing Bag?

In terms of birth rate, the world's population may already be falling. Declining world population statistics are to some degree masked by the ongoing increase in longevity of those...

Why Canada’s Rental Housing Market Should Be An Issue In The Federal Election

The CBC recently reported that the high cost of living will be biggest issue for Canadians leading up to the federal election which is scheduled for later this year....

‘Schoolboy Economics’ Wrongly Validate A Housing Non-Crisis In The UK

We've seen several articles recently that address a conspiracy-theory notion of an affordable housing 'crisis'. Note in the previous sentence how the quote marks around affordable housing 'crisis' tend...

Non-Market Permanent Affordable Housing: Practical Solution Or Pipe Dream?

People with very low incomes face big hurdles when it comes to affording housing. With minimal resources, they have limited housing options and little control over their housing in...

Institutionalizing Homelessness: Bangor, Maine, Hands Out Tents

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

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...

Affordable Housing Dance Of The Seven Veils: Canadian National Edition?

Finally! Over the past few decades it has seemed that when it comes to housing, the Canadian federal government was hiding in bed with the covers over their head. Then...

Lefties Brainwash Governments With Outrageous Fallacy: Non-Profits Build Better

From Self-aggrandizement via Red Herrings To Fake News, a Forbes commentator solves our unaffordable housing crisis by snorting his way through a Niagara Falls of information to discover that...

Housing Co-Operatives: What Are They And What Are They Good For?

What Are Housing Co-operatives? When you start to look into housing co-operatives, you might be struck more by their diversity than what they share. Their contribution to a country's housing...

What is NOAH? Does NOAH count? Minneapolis Thinks So.

NOAH stands for Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing. Not naturally occurring like crabgrass, springing into existence year after year, no matter how you try to stop it, but Naturally occurring in another sense: nobody planned for NOAH to be there, be habitable, and be affordable. But there it is, hallelujah!

Sidewalk Labs’ Proposal For Affordable Housing On Toronto’s Waterfront

Earlier this week, Sidewalk Labs released its long awaited proposal to develop a site on Toronto's Waterfront. It's called Toronto Tomorrow. There are proposals in for affordable housing, so...

Just In Time For Canada Day

Very happy to report that Canadians now do enjoy a human right to adequate housing. The campaign, which affordablehousingaction.org has been faithfully covering, ended when the National Housing Strategy Act received Royal assent.

Council’s Affordable Housing Duplicity: You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

So we're shining the sweat-inducing perp spotlight on some badly behaving city council. Which one, in which country? Consider this a blanket indictment of too many municipal councils facing affordable...

Footsteps Towards Canadians’ Right To Adequate Housing

Canadians do not currently enjoy a human right to adequate housing, but there’s been a concerted effort over the last year to change that.See these earlier posts on the...

Lifting The Hood On Affordable Housing ‘Red Tape’

Red Tape: Everybody hates it. Nobody needs it. When it comes to affordable housing, red tape is taking the blame for high costs. It is being disparaged by many actors...

Queuing For The Social Housing Ark. Who Gets In? Theory And Practice

As the flood of unaffordability sweeps across nations, humanity queues up (not necessarily two by two) for a chance to stay high and dry under social housing shelter. Not enough...

Jobs-Housing Linkage Fees — What Are They? How Can They Help Affordable Housing?

New businesses often require new business buildings. New business buildings become populated with new business workers. New business workers create a demand for new housing. The logic that tracks from new business...

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

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...

Sell Surplus Land: One Way Small Govt Policies Can Fit Affordable Housing Needs?

Conservatives in power? Recent history in the Province of Ontario suggests that 'small government' will be the order of the day. Divest, download, promote private initiatives, anything to shrink...

IRS Cranks Up The Curtain For Another Peek At The Land Of OZ

Back in the day, there was the plain not-so-old Opportunity Zone (OZ), which has now become a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) . . . doing so apparently 'just beQOZ.' Not long...

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...

Affordable Housing Path Forward: Don’t Assume Shelter & Investment Are Compatible

Affordable Housing discussions in modern capitalist nations begin with a faith-based assumption: that the human need for shelter can be compatible with the capitalist right to invest in a...

Housing Vs. Environment: Early Skirmishes Signal All-Out Battle To Come

Consider the American housing sector, together with its political and activist support, which is concerned with building both market rate and affordable housing. Needless to say, it prefers to...

‘Housing First’ Programs To End Homelessness Are Challenged By Boom Economies

Rapid housing and client choice are two of the hallmarks of Housing First programs. For an introduction to Housing First, try: What Is Housing First? Why Is It So...

Public Housing Tenants, Private Landlords, HUD: A Circular Firing Squad Shooting Blanks?

Before World War II, America never had the political will to allow low-income employed persons to live in public housing. Unfortunately, by immediately turfing newly employed wage-earners out, the federal...

Canada Squeezes Human Right To Housing Into Omnibus Budget Bill

Canada would seem to share an enthusiasm with its more populous neighbour to the south: cramming all kinds of goodies and baddies into omnibus bills. You might think that acknowledging...

Adrift & Engineless, AU City Councils Waggle Affordable Housing Rudders

Many Australian communities still lack serious affordable housing strategies. But even those with the vision and the will to tackle the problem can do little without a healthy shove...

Santa Monica Truly Affordable Housing Trickle? Nix. Not This Way.

What do you call a council decision to actually ban the inclusion of truly affordable housing in the city's approved housing projects? (By truly affordable, we mean housing within...

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

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...

“I Felt Like A Criminal,” Says Airbnb Client. Sympathy For The Devil?

For anyone involved in the hunt for affordable housing, it's hard to work up tears for short term rental (STR) clients forced to skulk around pretending to be long-lost...

Vancouver Students Go Luxury To Beat The Affordable Housing Blues

The housing industry in North America has been reminding us ad nauseam for the past few years that it can't afford to build affordable housing.The American Housing Industry’s Addiction...

Amsterdam To Plug Loopholes That Gobble Up Affordable Rental Housing

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...

Reflected In The Shiny Mirror Of Capitalism, Third World Poor See Themselves Without A Roof Overhead

If capitalism is ever to successfully embrace and uplift the third world poor, it will have to reinvent its understanding of land ownership and human shelter in a slow...

Housing First Or Homelessness Prevention? Stop! You’re Both Right

There are plenty of media reports that homelessness is growing. Point in time counts document the rise in the number of people who are living outdoors or emergency shelters...

A Constitutional Barrier To Public Housing Approvals In California

Institutional racism at the highest level is not at all distant in America's past. Earlier this month (February 2019) Virginia's governor admitted to a youthful yearbook appearance in blackface....

Oregon Puts The Boots (Though Soft Velvet Ones) To Landlord Bottoms

Needless to say, we applaud the state of Oregon, which has passed a state rent control bill, the first of its kind in America, at least in the recent...

Affordable Housing Econsplaining: No More Persuasive Than Mansplaining?

Be calm and patient, ditzy little person, and try to follow my baby step explanations of Econ 101. Yes, that would be Adam Smith Econ 101 — the LAW of...

High Income Earners Add To Affordable Housing Rental Woes

Apartment List has just published a report documenting an explosion of higher income renters in the United States. Rental households earning more than $100,000 (US) increased by 48% from...

Cornwall Self-Hugs Itself Towards Affordable Housing Success

It's official! (Well, somebody's version of official anyway.) Cornwall does it better. Delivering affordable housing, that is. Based on its affordable housing completions — never mind the type of...

UK Affordable Housing Targets: You Can’t Fool All The People, All The Time

The UK government has entirely oversold its public/private scheme in which Private Enterprise Saves the Day. For a couple of decades now, or so the fable goes, the broad shoulders...

National Irish Success At Building Social Housing Matched With History Middle Class Housing Support

The government in the Republic of Ireland will shortly unveil new plans for affordable housing. While waiting, The Irish Times offers a review of the state's role in housing over...

Irish National Newspaper Toys Cautiously With A Fix For The Nation’s Affordable Housing Crisis

It's an era when most responsible senior governments are scrambling to come up national initiative to tackle a global disease: the affordable housing crisis. (We'll leave aside the U.S.,...

Human Right To Housing? Canada Sneaks In A Class Test And A Means Test

Canada is a signatory to the UN-backed International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This document recognizes “adequate” housing as a right. That's left many Canadians wondering when Canada...

Canada’s ‘Progressive’ Party Blue-Sky’s Massive Affordable Housing Election Promise

Through the lens of current U.S, politics, Canada's dyed-in-the-wool 'progressive' party is heading for rock star status. Not that the New Democratic Party (NDP) has apparently noticed how its...

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

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...

Ontario Housing Minister: Axing New-Unit Rent Controls Will Flood Rental Housing Market With Fresh Building

Yeah, Sure. In a warped example of 'those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it, the Conservative Party currently forming Ontario's government hasn't learned, so Toronto renters...

From Vancouver, BC: Housing Unaffordablity From A Human Rights Perspective

In North America, the bragging rights for "Most Disgustingly Expensive Big City to Live in" are hotly contested. A perennial frontrunner in the competition is Canada's Vancouver, long a...

Canadian Campaign To Make Housing A Human Right

Canada's national government issued a National Housing Strategy in 2017. The strategy is founded on a commitment to housing as a human right and Canada's obligations as a signatory...

Aging National Populations Now Face Unique Affordable Housing Challenges

Some 70 years ago, a number of nations put their other national priorities on hold while sending a large segment of their young male population off to fight World...

Ontario’s Evergreen Lets You Play Affordable Housing Financier

So Evergreen has this great online video game out in Beta mode. My 9 year old and my 11 year old have gone at it for hours, game after game,...

Trendy YIMBY Affordable Housing Activists Are Sheltered In A House Of Straw

YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) should more appropriately be named a finger-pointing Yes In YOUR Backyard, as YIMBY activists between the lot of them are unlikely to have enough...

Play It Again Sam. Cape Town, South Africa Reinvents Unsustainable Social Housing

In pretty much all the countries in the world that have climbed into bed with a social housing experiment, an unsustainable model has been chosen for the management of...

Can Crowd-Funding Solve The Affordable Housing Crisis? East Malaysia Thinks So.

The Government of East Malaysia is taking steps to implement a world-first peer-to-peer funding mechanism that more or less cuts conventional lenders out of the financing of affordable housing....

In Georgia, Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Affordable Housing That Isn’t Any Longer

Affordable housing financed by tax credits doesn't really become unaffordable when the tax credits expire. That's because the housing never was affordable in the first place. Tax credits help...

Why Are Palatial Dreams Not Downsized In Densely Populated Bangladesh?

Tiny countries, such as Singapore, Monaco and Bermuda, dominate the list of most densely populated countries in the world. Below tenth in that list, the first sizeable country shows...

Kenyan Affordable Housing Plan: How To Resist Inevitable Funding Outrage?

A proposed Kenyan affordable housing tax offers an interesting perspective on human nature and whether precise information on government taxation can be too much information. Consider the funding of a...

UK Universal Credits + Pathetic Rollout = Homelessness Disaster For Many

On the surface, the United Kingdom's Universal Credit plan appears to streamline government support credits and income supplements by rolling them into a single credit. That 'universal' credit replaces some...

Windsor, Canada Points To Affordable Housing As A Cause Of Local Homelessness, Must Therefore Sit On Its Finger

Windsor, Ontario believes that it has become a magnet for homeless people because newspaper reports either accurately or inaccurately rate the city as one of the most affordable in...

Negative Gearing: What Is It? How Does Make Housing Less Affordable?

Sections below with a light blue background are excerpts from an Australian Labor Party publication entitled Positive plan to help housing affordability Negative gearing Negative gearing refers to the situation where...

Public/Private Affordable Housing Partnerships: A Spoon Too Short For Supping With The Devil?

'Therfor bihoveth him a ful long spoon/ That shal ete with a feend,' thus herde I seye.' (Canterbury Tales: The Squire's Tale, c1386). In more up to date English:...

A Landlord Slurry Of Awfullness Floods Untouched Over UK Preventive Barriers

Somewhere out there at the end of the renter rainbow, there exists a landlord pot of gold. Nobody has ever reached it. Most likely nobody ever will. It's a...

Who To Blame For The Absurd Notion That Private Enterprise Does Affordable Housing Best?

Who to blame, indeed? The 'neoliberals,' apparently. For those living in countries with political parties called 'liberal',  the root of neoliberal is at least somewhat familiar, if not always...

India to Share Innovative Affordable Housing Technology On The Web

India has announced that it will establish a web-based 'knowledge lab' to share developments in affordable housing technologies with states and local governments throughout the country Why is this important,...

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

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...

Helping To Repeat UK History: Meet MAIDIC

MAIDIC came into being in 1841 to build affordable housing for the working classes. By 1900 it owned and rented more than 6000 dwellings in the London, England area....

A Call For Creative Housing Solutions In Charleston Flat-Out Dismisses The Only One Which Ever Worked!

The Charleston, SC, author of an opinion piece on the need for imaginative housing solutions waxes nostalgic about his upbringing in a neighbourhood of purpose-built affordable housing. In the midst...

Right to Adequate Housing: What Is it? Who Is Promoting It? Why Will The US Likely Be Last...

All humans have the Right to Adequate Housing. Housing is not somebody's magnanimous gift, or a privilege, or a right that somehow must be earned. If you are human,...

Affordable Housing: Can A City Be Both An Advocate And An Honest Broker?

Edmonton, Alberta likes the idea of doing its own online video channel to promote the programs that City Council has approved. However, a recent opinion piece in the Edmonton Journal uses...

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

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...

California Votes Yes Or No On Rent Control. Ontario Went Both Ways: It’s A Useful Perspective

The second to last time the Province of Ontario tinkered with rent control, it galloped madly off in all directions. All right, it galloped madly off in two directions,...

Toronto Election Promise – 100,000 Affordable Housing Units In 10 Years

Just hours before the registration deadline, Jennifer Keesmaat entered the race for Mayor of City of Toronto, scheduled for October 22, 2018. One of the reasons for her decision?...

Why Can’t Municipal Government Stay Out Of Rental Housing Regulation?

Municipal governments in Canada's larger cities are starting to pay attention to rental housing. A low vacancy rate is the incentive for a market rental policy in Richmond, British Columbia....

India Leads The World In Affordable Housing Dreams. But Are They ‘Castles In The Air?’

India is not just dreaming about affordable housing. They are making a staggeringly-expensive nationwide drive to provide 'housing for all' by the year 2022. And they are doing so...
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