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Posts concerning housing for people with very low or no income.  The housing is provided separately from the speculative private housing market on a permanent basis.

COVID-19 And Housing Policy – Looking Ahead In The US

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Three researchers have just published an article that proposes changes to housing policy, in light of the COVID-19 epidemic in the US. Ingrid Gould Ellen, Katherine O'Regan and Sophie...

In Barrie, Ontario, Cash-Strapped Students May Buy Housing With Chores

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Social housing removes homes from the free market and so can provide an ongoing guarantee of truly affordable housing for low income and no income citizens. Unfortunately, there are few...

Lloyd George Doesn’t Know My Father. It Shouldn’t Matter

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A silly, satirical British song was still sung by drunken rugby players more than forty years after David Lloyd George served as British Prime Minister in World War I...

America After COVID-19: Rental Housing Apocalypse For The Poorest?

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When America decided to abandon social housing for the nation's low and no income citizens, they overlooked a fatal weakness of their plan to encourage/coerce free market landlords to...

American Public Housing Authorities: Undertakers Or Futurists?

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American Public Housing Authorities, form into a great big circle. Now lean forward and pat yourselves on the back. Oh. You're already doing that? What a clever little group of social...

Vancouver B.C. Perfects Affordable Housing Shell Game With A Micro-Pea

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Leave it to a city which, by some measures, is the world's least affordable after Hong Kong. Leave what to them? Why, solving an affordable housing crisis without actually creating...

One Housing Standard For All?

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One school of thought holds that future social housing ought to be built to a lower standard than housing where a higher price will be charged. This kind of...

Less Is More: NYCHA Uses HUD Magic Math To Squander Public Housing

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The great equalities of the future as described in George Orwell's book 1984 are almost upon us. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. The last is a...

Green Social Housing: Impossible Dream Or Old News?

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One way or another, many feel that social housing is too expensive for America, even as many other nations find ways to utilize this truly affordable form of housing....

Finding The Path To Belonging

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Researchers based at Calgary's Elizabeth Fry Society have completed a report about how indigenous elders and knowledge keepers help people to forge paths to leave homelessness. The report focusses...

Social Housing Futures Confederation Takes Shape In United Kingdom

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For some decades, boots-on-the-ground UK local councils and housing associations have followed orders from national government generals hellbent on creating social housing more efficiently and cheaply by hiring mercenary...

How Screwed Are You, Young Adults? The New Statesman Has The Stats

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In the 1970's, 2/3 of Britain's renting population lived in social housing. Not surprising then, that this form rent geared to income living particularly suited young people. Low rent...

Homeless & Need Housing? Get A List Of Places You Can’t Afford From Your Local Gov

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Is homelessness getting your community down? You can stamp your feet, roll your eyes, express disgust, then play the blame game. In America, this technique of getting nowhere fast...

Post COVID-19 Twofer? Tackling Unemployment And A Housing Crisis

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In North America, the green parties are still a public curiosity rather than the muscular political force that they have become in Europe. In the fiercely two-party United States,...

Is Waiting 1.5 Centuries For Social Housing Good For UK Business?

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Business-friendly governments in both the United Kingdom and America cling stubbornly to the notion that mixed income housing developments can build enough truly affordable housing to ease national housing...

Social Housing Future Challenge: Overcoming Decades Of Management Contempt

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With growing numbers of low income residents in North America paying more than half their income in rent, there's a pressing need for scalable housing solutions that do not...

Would A Housing Industry Unchained Be An Emperor Unclothed?

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The North American housing industry's current battle cry? Unchain us from pesky regulations, and we'll mass-build nations out of their affordable housing crises. There would appear to be no brakes...

Indigenous Women’s Report About Housing Conditions In Canada

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada recently issued a research report about the current housing conditions of indigenous women in Canada. Individual communities may declare a state of emergency...

Social Housing Reno: Service To Tenants? Or To Housing Industry?

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Local Housing Authorities are finding themselves in almost-impossible situations when it comes to selling long-suffering tenants on the benefits of repairs and renovations. Why are social housing tenants frightened about...

The Mystery Of The Dog That Didn’t Bark — Social Housing

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'The dog that didn't bark' is an important clue pointing towards the solution of a famous Sherlock Holmes mystery. Likewise, the 'dog that didn't bark' can be considered a metaphor...

1 Housing Voucher = 1 Social Housing Home. True Equality Or A Macabre Joke?

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Housing support voucher programs suffer profoundly in the United States by being unacceptable to many — even most — landlords, whether landlords are legally allowed to ignore them or...

Visionary ‘Green to Last’ For Next Generation Social Housing?

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Those who have worked in the business of providing or maintaining social housing inevitably come up against a general public attitude that those in need of public assistance don't deserve...

Colorado Considers Coming Late To The PPP Dance. Should It Bother?

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20 years ago, the Colorado Supreme Court decided that classic public private partnership (PPP) 'inclusionary zoning' projects were a form of rent control, expressly forbidden by legislation. This year, housing...

New York City Housing Plan Refocuses Towards ‘True’ Affordability

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New York City has broken some important ground with the release of a new report "Housing We Need." The City, at least from a reporting perspective, is apparently no...

City NYCHA Dependence Highlights Fundamental LIHTC Weakness

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One less-than-obvious but by no means less-than-important takeaway comes from a New York City report on Homelessness just released. That is the inherent weakness of Low Income Housing Tax...

Co-Living: It Can’t Be All Bad, Can It?

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This is for those who have never been a starving student sharing a home space with one or more 'might-one-day-be-friends', but not if they carry on the same way. This...

Choices For Indigenous Women Seeking Safety In Remote Communities?

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has recently published a report about intimate partner violence in remote communities. The report reviews existing academic research and arranges it thematically.The themes...

From Wood To Brick To Wood Again. Could Low Income Housing Come Full Circle?

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A pair of photographs reflects a depression-era pattern: tumbledown wooden slums in New Orleans, LA, pictured above, replaced by sturdy brick government-built social housing pictured below. St. Thomas Street, New...

L.A. Eminent Domain Fight Exposes Fatal LIHTC Affordable Housing Flaw

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The American Federal government's biggest tool for the creation of affordable housing is designed to help developers have their cake and eat it — building subsidies today, and free...

What Is ‘Trickle Up’ Housing Affordability?

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Given it's name, 'Trickle Up' affordability would suggest the defiance of gravity. That's always a risk when using physical world metaphors for the financial workings of such as a...

NYCHA Needs 6 Billion, Asks 2 Billion, Gets Nothing New From NY State

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When governments mortgage the future to pay for the present, sooner or later the bill comes due. It arrived last year for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)...

Public Housing Revisited: Just Who Was Disrespecting Who?

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How do you rationalize a responsible management position that impacts human lives and health when, thanks to an inadequate budget, you can't do your job either effectively or humanely? If,...

Can Housing Markets Co-exist? 10-Pin For ‘Haves’, Gutterball For ‘Have-Nots’?

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In that Great Big 'Bowling For Dollars' Industry that develops and builds housing, it's all just millions of happy families served by an unregulated industry that will build more...

Affordable Housing Christmas In The Long Shadow of Scrooge

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Communities across the US are crowding towards the mistletoe for a chilly smooch with uncle HUD,HUD — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development celebrating the late Christmas...

What Is Remunicipalization? What Has It Got To Do With Affordable Housing?

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If you're interested in affordable housing, we'd like to 'water' down your experience for a few moments in service of one large word: remunicipalization. (You may need a sip...

‘Socialist’ An Insult Right Up There With ‘Yr Mother Wears Hockey Socks’

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In America, aging red state populists are the last survivors of the good old Cold War days when anybody who was anybody checked daily for Reds under the beds. In...

Speaking The Unspeakable: New Public Housing In L.A.

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The PPP Era? Lost In Translation. Edinburgh Refocuses On Social Housing

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Bad news for that Thatcherite conservative, small government fever-dream of arranged housing marriages. Those are the ones in which a sturdy, competent private groom lifts the bridal veil to...

In The UK, The West Midlands Combined Authority Redefines ‘Affordable Housing’

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These days, the affordability of housing is defined in many places by the market value of the housing. For example, one range of housing cost, based on local markets,...

Truly Affordable: Time To Stop ‘Tinkering at the Housing Margins’

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Two years ago, Homes For All published a report entitled Communities Over Commodities: People-Driven Alternatives to an Unjust Housing System. At the time American politics, particularly at the federal level, battled...
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