North American ‘Unhoused’ Story’ That Is Truly A Sign Of The Times

Are you homeless, by chance? If so, you've probably never considered the following solution — undoubtedly, few people have.  Why not live inside a large commercial advertising sign? True, your...

A Landfill Diversion Project With Multiple Benefits

"Charlie? These windows don't fit!" This situation unfolded recently at a construction site in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The windows the contractor had ordered for a row of new homes weren't...

Saving Housing Stock From The Wrecking Ball

Meet Nathaniel Griffin, the mayor of Wellston, Missouri. One day he woke up and realized he had signed a deal that would see 20% of all of the city's...

Gavin Turns The Other Cheek — Repeatedly — For Xmas Charity Dinners

The news that UK actor Tom WilkinsonTom Wilkinson: The Full Monty actor dies at 75  recently died has, for affordablehousingaction.org, provided not only a sadness that, but also prodded...

London Maps Show Brownfields

There certainly exists evidence that 'cross-subsidy' is an affordable housing liability rather than a benefit. Architect Anna Minton and others have gone so far as to suggest that cross-subsidy...

A Christmas Song Honouring Prince William’s Support For The Unhoused

The Christian celebration of Christmas has long involved music. But over years, decades, centuries, that music has evolved beyond hymns of praise to the birth of a Lord. Nowadays,...

Housing/Community Issues We Bet You Don’t Have!

TheMAYOR.eu is an English language blog from the European Union that often features snippets of good news about goings on in the eclectic array of cities that make up...

Feed The Homeless? Whenever You Say, God.

God, it seems, may have no sense of timing, at least as far as humans might assess the situation. Could this be a problem? Actually, it can be quite...

Tycoons Beware: The Housing Crisis May Eat Your Golf Course!

Look to business capitals of the world for what's coming down the pike towards the uber-wealthy. In a couple of bellweather cities, famous for pandering to the gods of...

Say It Like You Mean It: Rampant Crime And Homelessness, Coming Soon Downtown

"We saw guests vomiting in the pool and rat droppings on the sun loungers . . . after sickness outbreakl" Do the above words reflect any details of this particular...

Does The Fear Of Being Duped Strangle Efforts To End Homelessness?

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan studies the psychology of legal decision-making at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work contributes to our understanding of our fear of being a taken for a fool....

Scary West Coast Homeless Terrorize Folks Who Just Know They Deserve Better Neighbours

There's always a good reason to check out the successes on the homelessness scene on North America's west coast, a region with more than average numbers of homeless people....

Mushroom Loaf: Cheap Foodstuff. Also Surprise Affordable Housing Construction Brick?!

Consider this: a remote population, limited employment but a willing workforce. Add a desperate need for affordable housing, but an absence of affordable building materials. Any number of situations...

What Does A Commercial Real Estate Crash Tell Us About Residential Landlords?

Buried in the bad news about the state of commercial real estate in America is a hint of why 'landlordism' will fight tooth and nail to maintain healthy profits...

Organic Veggies And The Determined Competence of Bored, Homeless Men

Move on, move on. Nothing to see here except vegetation. Unless, of course, you're in the market for yummy organic veggies. A mini-miracle comes courtesy of a modicum of farming...

Prince William: The Next Proud Meddler In United Kingdom Politics?

"Who will rid me of this meddlesome prince?Words originally attributed to King Henry II and resulting in the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury." Those words might well have...

Here’s A Serious Question: Can We Learn Anything At All From Social Media?

Good heavens, of course we can learn stuff from social media! Millions use it. Surely those millions must know something useful they can pass on? But . . . how...

Homes Built With Mushrooms? For Real? Or Just A Happy Hallucination?

Move over tempeh, truffles and psilocybin! A business in the United States is planning to build a 300 unit housing project with mushrooms. Of course it's not quite that...

Buck Rogers Goes To Homeless Camp. Who’s That? Read On

Nothing like a little high-tech homeless help to provide a brightener for the day. This post features a modern day Buck Rogers . . . Wait, you've never heard...

Frankenstein Lives! He/She/They Are a Homeless Person. Be Afraid!

Courage, mon brave! This is affordablehousingaction.org's sympathetic advice to all AmericansWhat a delightfully reassuring French phase we've offered up to start the post! It is completely understandable, even when...

Suddenly Homeless? Advice To Protect Yourself From Further Injury

Advice to the world on dealing with homelessness seems to be harnessed to a grand scale. When a bunch of folks become homeless, it becomes a community issue, a...

Libraries Where You Can Check Out A Bike. Not Just A Look — Check . . . It ....

At affordablehousingaction.org, we've succumbed to 'Mission Creep.' We began with a focus on affordable housing, refined that to focus attention on 'truly affordable' a.k.a. public/social housing. Surviving and prospering in...

A Modest Query: Could Canada Use A National Brainfart Ombudsman?

A national Brainfart Ombudsman might only need to be a part-time job. The title-holder would toil in the fields of bureaucracy. Authority would trigger automatically upon evidence of particularly...

Public Housing Musical Chairs With CryptoBucks? Sit This One Out?

Gather round, public housing poor folks with toothpaste money to invest. Skip the rinse and spit and put those hard working cavity-prevention pennies into the black magic of cryptocurrency!...

‘True’ YIMBY? Yes In My Back Yard? Who Knew? Atlanta Did, And Still Does

Introducing Atlanta's Mad Housers, a name birthed from a really bad joke . . . that stuck. It all began with architectural students from Georgia Tech who designed some...

Who Cares? Barcelona Knows, And Is Setting Out To Care For Carers

A study by the Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona has identified some 355,000 citizens who spend at least a portion of their time caring for the...

Designing Tomorrow’s Social Housing. Will Humans Be Out Of A Job?

A picture is often worth a thousand words of fun and fancy. When it comes to truly affordable housing we know this because, over the past few years, one...

Homeless Ghost Ships Or An Elephant In The Room?

What's in a Metaphor? Addison Del Mastro, the author of the following article, favours the elephant (not the Republican one, but the enormous presence that occupies space and which...

TV Made Us Do It: Obscene Housing Practices That Make It Unaffordable

A good way to think of property porn . . . property porn? Yes, property porn, known more formally as property pornography . . . is not to imagine...

UK Youth: Pogo Got The Housing Crisis Right. It’s Our Fault!

Pogo? Revered by a generation in North America, that comic book anti-hero some 50 years ago predicted the alleged culprit causing the current United Kingdom housing affordability crisis — at...

Lisbon, Portugal Searches For Ways To Benefit From 48,000 Empty Homes

One of the most distressing features of the financialization of housing is the disdain that investors hold for housing as anything other than a potential investment bonanza. How do...

Why You Are Sliding Towards A Home With An Open Air Roof

Leftie, bleeding heart publications such as ourselves just know that the globe's problems, like homelessness, arise from rampant, unrepentant financializers who profit on the backs of the little guys. Well,...

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...

Grow Legal Dope In The Projects: NYC Politician Brain-Fart?

Never mind the practicality, what about the optics? Marijuana magnates have apparently been blowing befuddling smoke into the face of New York's rookie Mayor Eric Adams. Public Housing is America's...

Fourth ‘New Bauhaus’ Piggy Builds House of Dirt

The original Bauhaus MovementRead more at My Modern MET: Bauhaus: How the Avant-Garde Movement Transformed Modern Art in the early twentieth century explored ways 'to bring art back into...

They’re Baaack! —Robodogs! Creepy Fire Missions For Creepy Robots

In a more ideal world, we'd be celebrating Robodogs as they snuffled, pawed and electro-piddled their way from corner to corner through public housing hallways, growling at apartment doors...

Robo-dogs: Care & Compassion For The Homeless?

Reporting from the well-known winter hell-hole that is Hawaii . . . Yes indeed, toys for the boys. But could that fascination preclude becoming a police officer? The purchase by...

Could Animal Attraction Underlie The Success Of Singapore’s Public Housing?

What is the magic ingredient that has made Singapore's public housing such a success, while around the world, so much of public housing has been branded either a flat-out...

Singapore Fantasies Play Out In Public Housing That Citizens Now Own

Well-built Singapore public housing can last a lifetime and more. With its social housing predominantly designed for home ownership, this is a city-state in which tenant dreams of owning...

Pokie Ban Near Social Housing: Ugly Prejudice Or Blessed Nanny State?

Apparently the poor (particularly those living in social housing) cannot control themselves when it comes to pokies, unlike "normal" people, who apparently can. Otherwise the Wyndham, Western Australia council...

It’s Time to Let Central Park, N.Y. Be Built Over With High Rise Housing

Should such a headline as the one above reflect some radical New York City makeover policy, the outcry would be truly global, given the mythical status in world imagination...

UK Brick Arch Bridge A Framework For Housing The Homeless

Leaving aside weak Canadian punsSorry, the compulsion is irresistible: "Iron Road" was the title of a film about building a railway across the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the 1880's,...

Will Buffalo, N.Y. Find Its Next Mayor Under Its Bed?

Under the bed? You know. That uniquely American hangout of Reds, Commies, Socialists, Cold War Boogymen, World Domination Ambitions, Nuclear Holocaust Dreams, Back Garden Bomb Shelters. And Bernie Sanders. Having...

Huntingdon, UK Reveals The Spirit of True YIMBY: Yes In My Back Yard!

NIMBY — Not In MY Back Yard — has become a common term for the seemingly inevitable push back by neighbourhoods against any influx of housing and housing agencies...

Why Read Fiction About Homelessness?

Why read a fictional account of homelessness? Surely the facts speak for themselves and are sufficient. Keith Oatley, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, has studied...

The Hollywood Star Who Was A One-Man Employment Agency For The Homeless

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And Cain said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? Many don't realize that one famous Hollywood...

Benton Harbour, Michigan Students Sock It To The Homeless

So you're homeless, broke, and need clothing. What to do? Fortunately for many in this situation, charities collect all kinds of useful clothing and pass them on to the...

Affordablility: 3D House Printing Vs Modular Construction. The Winner Is?

Can high-tech imagination-tickling 3-D house-printing out-wrestle factory-based cookie-cutter modular homes and solve international housing affordable housing crises? Straight from the 3-D horse's mouth (a 3-D printing mag), the answer is...

How Parliamentarians Might Get A Meaningful Taste Of Public Housing

What follows is a New Zealand article with all the sharp-edged whimsy of Irishman Johnathan Swift's 1729 anonymous publication of A Modest Proposal.Here is a summary of this satirical...

Touting A New Chinese Export: A Housing Label — “Sandwich Class”

"Affordable," "Missing Middle," "Workforce". . . are you up to date on your housing labels? Knowing how housing is described can help navigate the fog of manufactured confusion that...

23 Walls: Different Brutalist Strokes For Different Low Budget Folks

Can flexibility added to brutalism be enough to make concrete walls into cozy homes? When the contest is fictional architecture,See: FICTIONAL ARCHITECTURE a real-life answer is not as important...

Cherished Steel Houses?

Just when you think you've heard the last word about shipping containers, along comes a new story. Iron panels have worked very well as exterior cladding on houses in Iceland....

Social Housing At Odds With Architect Pride: Recipe For Community Failure?

A daring architectural experiment in Greater Manchester in the 1970's is a cautionary tale for those looking towards a new era of social housing. At a time when shoddy...

A Clean And Green Future For The 1% After The 99% Are Gone?

It has been said quite recently that only the wealthy can afford to invest in climate change. The rest of the world is too busy trying stay alive. Or,...

Arguably The World’s Greatest Affordable Housing Activist Performs In Tights

The writer of this blog article really needs some help here. It seems that Spiderman — the comic book hero who has now graduated to over-the-top computer generated almost...

Live In A ‘Parasitic’ Home? Don’t Say ‘Ick’ Or ‘Euuw,’ It Might Well Be Affordable

In the market for a 'parasitic' home? It might be a tough sell with such a name. People tend to think of parasites as bad, even though everyone is...

Sci Fi Meets Congested City In Mind-Boggling Tokyo Housing Fantasies

1931 was a good year for vivid imagination in Tokyo. It was the year that kicked off future-proofing in that city, now the most congested urban space in the...

Vancouver Affordable Housing Activists Struggle Against CAVE Dwellers

Tired of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)? Tired of NIMBYites? (NIMBY warriors who defend their neighbourhood battlements with fierce devotion). Well, Vancouver, British Columbia brings you relief in the form...

New Zealand Employee Affordable Housing Supplied By An Unusual Company Town

Company towns have a special relationship with their citizens. They are usually, though not always, born out of necessity: their remote location. Why create a town in the middle of...

U.S. Affordable Housing Targeted By The Piggies In The Middle. How Come?

A ham-fisted opinion about bewildering, as well as bewildered, American conservatives.

The Future Of The Stateless, Taxless ‘Seastead’ Movement. We’ve Found It!

Many people (well, those of us at affordablehousingaction.org anyway) were amazed at the visionary audacity of the 'Seastead' movement. Seagoing citizens-of-nowhere would drift aimlessly about the world's oceans in...

A California Bakery Co-op Solves Its Housing Crisis With… A Housing Construction Co-op

The owners of a multi-outlet collection of California baking co-ops couldn't turn its back and just shrug at the plight of its employees commuting long distances from barely affordable...

Imagining A Path To A Homeless Front Door

'A Prairie Home Companion' radio show survived and prospered for 42 years in our age where mainstream story-telling has short-circuited the beauty of the human imagination by force-feeding imagery...

STR Invasion: There’s Nothing To See Here . . . Please Disperse!

The movie Naked Gun created an absurdist meme with a huge, affectionate following: 'Nothing to see here, please disperse': a bland statement delivered in foreground while in background burns an...

Affordable April Fools Joke: It Only Hurts When You Laugh

April 1, 2019 has come and gone, but a small town joke endures as a symbol of civic indifference towards both unaffordable housing and homelessness. Pranksters delivered ten new tiny...

Watch Out America! Hong Kong’s Slum Island May Be Heading Your Way!

After 9/11, post-apocalyptic America is slowly crumbling into a sea of fears (no thanks to the nation's current administration). And not just new fears, the embers of old worries...

New Phoenix Yacht Club Takes The Float Out Of The Affordable Boat For Artist Live-Aboards

Yacht racing has been likened to 'standing in a cold shower, ripping up hundred dollar bills.' Still, there's always the opportunity to save a dollar or two by living...

Luxury Condo Boom 100, Social Housing 0: SimCity Computer Game Proposes Real Life Answers

An enormously successful computer game, SimCity, has provided such a useful hands-on experience of juggling complex city-building issues that it has become a teaching tool for budding planners. However, when...

Let’s Hear It For The Hulks: Affordable Housing At Sea, Cruising To Nowhere In Particular

Question for cruise affectionados: where do you get to enjoy the sea air, the company of hundreds if not thousands, a guarantee of no waves large enough cause motion...

Cubes of Wombat Poo: An Affordable Housing Construction Inspiration?

In a natural world of a gazillion beautiful curvy shapes, one in particular stands out: wombat poo, or poop if you prefer. We'll pause here while you revert to late-preadolescence...

What’s Up In Your Silicon Valley Neighbourhood Today? Zucchini. Not Only Up, But Picking

Neighbourhood? Somebody has improved on that name to call it an Agrihood. For those looking for a home in a new housing development with green space focus, there's a...

What’s The Matta, Piñata? Affordable Housing, That’s What.

Are you concerned about Affordable Housing? Start a blog — we did. Stage a protest — many have. Or, you could make a piñata . . . .? ....
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