Evidence Public Housing Can Be Done Better, The Next Time Around

This post features a 'good news' public housing story. It comes from Germany. We'll admit it right up front, part of the story is a little stale. It's about...

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...

Developer Wit Dream: Save The Planet By Killing Zoning. Good Joke!

Zoning laws were developed to prevent anybody, including builders, from building just anything anywhere. Reasonable enough to prevent housing next to health-endangering industry, and to build buildings to basic...

Hong Kong Style Micro Home Living Already Alive and Well in America

Imagine a railway sleeper car with its upper and lower bunks set up nightly, complete with privacy curtains and a ladder to the top bunk. If you've had the...

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...

Affordable Housing Insanity: In Jersey City, You Can Be Too Poor To Be Poor

Too rich to be poor? Now that's a concept that's easy to understand. Too poor to be poor? In all the world, it's apparently only possible in Jersey City, New...

Looking To Rent With Rental CV Handy? No? Everybody Else Has One!

With renting a home becoming the flavour of reality (if not desirability) everywhere, it's tough to stand out when would be renters flock and squawk around scarce opportunities, like...

A View Of Social Housing in Countries Where ‘Social’ Is Not Repugnant

These days, not everyone in the world except Americans (the odd progressive aside), believe that social housing deserves to go belly up in a hand basket, or be otherwise...

Myth-Busting: What Makes You Think Tiny Homes Will Be Affordable?

North America is a land of large housing lots. Not surprising therefore that their potential for doubling density causes affordable housing activists to pump their fists in the air...

Landlords Vs. Climate Change: How Will Renters Weather The Clash?

Australia already appears to be suffering from the dramatic and devastating effects of climate change while being led, like America, by a government that refuses to see any sign...

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...

America’s Governments: Social Housing Needs You!

American government: point that urgent finger at yourselves. Your citizens need YOU to recreate a public housing program! Articles like the one linked below have been scarce to nonexistent in...

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...

The Ownership Housing Ladder: For Growing Numbers, A Stairway To Nowhere Desirable

Two important factors are gradually swinging the attention of house builders in a number of countries away from the 'National Dream' of home ownership — a mantra that has...

Can Renters Survive Without Commodified Housing? Berlin Aims To Find Out

The vast majority, 85%, of Berlin's citizens are renters. These days, rising rents are squeezing the life out of them. So Berlin is looking to impose a rent freeze...

Columbus, OH, Teeters, Then Topples: Housing For The Poorest . . . Or Federal Funding?

That there is a 'need' for housing across the American nation is largely self-evident. Housing developers would be heading out of business otherwise, and the largest of them at...

Montreal Students Build DIY Muscle To Create Affordable University Housing

Montreal, Quebec is unusual among Canadian and American cities: it has far more renters than owners. Like many other cities though, the amount of rental housing is not keeping...

Seattle Does The Section 8 Two-Step: A Vastly Improved Housing Voucher Plan

The fundamental nature of the world's most successful homeless-to-housing program is embodied in its name: Housing First. First implies that there is at least a second step. And housing is...

Occupier California Moms Evicted Quietly, Peacefully. (They Must Be Canadians!)

A far cry from the raucous civil disobedience housing occupations more than a year ago in Berlin, California's 2 moms + kids illegal occupation of an empty housing investment...

How Canadian Landlords Skate Around Renoviction Laws

There are legal renovictions and illegal renovictions. Many countries allow renovictions — a term that describes landlords throwing out renters in order to renovate rental housing.For more on renovictions,...

Housing Has Always Been A Commodity, So What’s The Big New Deal?

Currently there's a great deal of hand-wringing about the 'commodification' of housing, in particular its link to exploding housing prices and to blossoming housing crises everywhere. Some go so...

California Eviction Fight: Is The Housing Owner Blameless — Not A Villain?

We recently posted an article about two women and their children who were squatting in an empty house in Oakland, California, in defiance of the building's owners. The women...

Affordable Housing: A Rose-Coloured Glasses Moment To Wrap Up 2019

It's a world in which a great many nations pay lip service to the human right to adequate shelter. There are some, including the United States, that don't acknowledge...

Portland Prepares For Care And Breeding Of Affordable Grannie Flats

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), grannie flats, garden suites, call them what you will, can be highly affordable. Better still, in a crowded urban landscape they have a residential footprint...

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."

The Fuss About ‘Poor Doors’

Okay, we were as aghast as everybody else that 'poor' doors had been installed in a publicly subsidized New York City building so that rich folks didn't need to...

Social Housing Tenants: Time To Stop Preaching To The Choir?

Social Housing tenants should be: (choose one) Not seen and not heard Seen, but not heard Forelock-tugging with whispered fear that if they don't smarten up, they'll get the...

Does The New Normal — Renting — Require A New Affordable Housing Strategy?

National governments on both sides of the Atlantic obsess about the home-ownership dream, even as households are shifting away from home ownership towards renting their housing, permanently. Part of...

California Rent Control: No Panacea For A Housing Crisis But Some Positives

Characteristic of proposed regional rent control laws are fevered arguments from opposite sides of a debate on their value. Activists, apparently with their hearts and minds closer to the...

Ghostbusters: Massachusetts Enumerates Affordable Homes

Plaudits to the Kuehn Charitable Foundation for their efforts in Massachusetts to help develop a statewide user-friendly register for affordable housing. Read more about their initiatives in The Boston Globe:...

Faceless Behind A Mask: A Nation’s Landlords Dodge Responsibility

The Mask? A U.S. legal entity called a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) is becoming a favourite tool of slum landlords. LLC laws prevents the owners from being sued over...

UK Council Housing: Beginning Of The End? Or End Of The Beginning?

The future of council housing in the UK has changed considerably since 1979, when 42% of citizens lived in it. At that time, the government had provided housing for returnees...

Persistence, Not Perfection, Plucks Homeless From Atlanta Streets

For Atlanta, Georgia's homeless population, persistence has paid off. The city lays no claim to a magic formula for getting people out of the streets and into homes. Other...

Getting More Affordable Bang From Your Rental Security Deposit Buck

If you are a renter, what use are you getting out of your security deposit? None. Your landlord is holding your security deposit as a trust. So, in theory at least, a...

London Mayor: Private Enterprise Can’t Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

Faced with an affordable housing crisis in his city, the Mayor of London, UK, has pointed out the fatal flaw when it comes to using PPPs (Public Private Partnerships)...

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...

Will Award Make UK Social Housing Tenants House Proud?

Some council house tenants in Norwich, UK, recently woke to discover they are living in homes with award-winning style. We're not talking about 'top of this year's public housing,'...

Is It Affordable? Dodging About In London UK’s Hodgepoge Of Dodgy Definitions

Bamboozled by dodgy definitions of affordable housing, the City of London somehow has recently managed to slither away from building any truly affordable housing at all. But that was...

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...

Hoping To Find Housing Rental or Purchase Relief In The ‘Hood?’ Think Again

Is that fixer-upper in a depressed city area your only hope for climbing onto the housing ladder? A recent New York Times article explores the stacked deck that faces...

Housing A Bigger Concern In UK Than Brexit: No Priority for Election-Focused Tories

It seems that UK citizens are more worried about the nation's housing crisis than they are about Brexit. Parliament, meanwhile, has moved beyond obsession to a state of flat-out...

Much Ado About Nothing? Nowheresville Tourism Hurting Affordable Housing

Famous city tourism is running amok. Here are a couple of entertaining(?) stories about the plague of tourists overrunning famous places. You might try in the BBC: The Top...

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...

United Kingdom ‘BBB’ Housing: Boxy But Beautiful, Green But Affordable

A United Kingdom housing project has achieved the unlikely: PassivhausPassivhaus, a tough but voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building. Read more: What Is A Passive House? standards generally...

A Spotlight On Rental Housing Affordability In Canada

Want to know how renters in Canada are faring? Now you can. A coalition of agencies has teamed up to produce a Rental Housing Index for Canada. The project was...

Social Housing In America: Past Time For A Full-Blooded Rebirth?

America is a country that remains responsive to human needs, even in spite of the fiercest attacks to dismiss them. One example: poll results following three years of U.S....

More Support For Affordable Housing Needed From Canada’s Federal Government

The Broadbent Institute has added its voice to the groups who identify affordable housing as an issue for Canadian voters when they go to the polls on October 21,...

Could Guaranteed Income End Accidental Evictions From Affordable Housing?

My decidedly middle class in-laws recently received a small windfall inheritance. Their action? To splurge on a bucket list trip for Mom, Dad, and two kids to celebrate the...

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

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...

Your Affordable Home Is Falling Down. Sorry, It Can’t Be Fixed. You Have To Move. Not.

"But where will we go?" Scanning affordable housing stories worldwide, an article reports some unfortunate locale were residents are being evicted from social or public housing practically every day. Four constant...

Planning Ahead For The Great Public Private Partnership Poop-Out

Yes indeed, the leopard may change its spots. And the scorpion crossing the river on the back of the frog may not sting it, so that they both drown....

Canadian Cities Want More Balanced Federal Affordable Housing Strategy

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...

Born Again Social Housing? Is It Possible? Scotland’s Done It

America is where social housing went to die. Poisoned by the cold war that tarnished all things that remotely hinted of socialism or communism, social housing's slow death was,...

Build Build Build: Never Mind The People

Just recently, the Business Roundtable, a group of very large companies called a press conference. The purpose? Why, to say that in addition to being about shareholder profits, business...

Minnesota Faces The Fly In The Affordable Mobile Home Ointment

Perhaps one day we'll overhear disparaging remarks such as "Oh, he's just Land Trust Trash (maybe even 'Commie Land Trust Trash)" Why? Well, land trusts are a lot like trailer...

Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother?

What is it? Co-living, in its broadest sense, means living with others. Since society has several traditions that involve co-living, not the least of which is the family, its currently...

Rental Housing Pressures Increase in American Cities. Which Can Cope Best?

These days, two pressures steer home seekers towards the apartment rental market. Plan 'A' may be to own a home, but temporary or permanent lack of a mortgage down payment...

Housing For Young Aussies: Buy A Home? Bad Choice. Rent? Worse.

Without a parents' basement to inhabit while saving for a house down-payment, millennial Aussies entering the housing market are facing a bleak future. Rising rents are taking such a...

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....

A Growing Price To Pay for Trendy, Quirky Waterborne Housing

A short time ago we explored with tongue in cheek a phenomena that supposedly originated in Thailand called 'seasteading'. It's hard to tell whether 'seasteading' — the idea of...

Protecting Vancouver’s Affordable Renting: Some Alternatives

Two important factors are influencing rental housing in cities across North America. The 'millennial' age group is now facing the lifetime challenge of finding employment and shelter. The average millennial...

UK Looks To Adopt Home Ownership Plan Based On What You Can Afford

Swedish construction company Skanska, in partnership with well-known furniture retailer Ikea wants to build affordable housing in Worthing, Sussex, UK. 30% of the BloKlok partnership's modular housing project will be set...

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...

Can Unsubsidized Apartment Construction Rescue Struggling Middle Class Buyers?

For the past few years, the American housing industry has been open and unapologetic about the focus of its members, both corporations and individuals. The industry prefers to profit...

Critics Slam All Affordable Housing Solutions. Time For Critics-Be-Damned Experiments?

This article does not reflect upon many interesting facets of London's newly proposed rent controls for the UK's largest city. Instead, we'd like to comment on the meat of a...

Berlin Tries Another Way For Governments To Invest In Affordable Housing

Should Government take any role, let alone a direct one, in creating or maintaining affordable housing? For conservative-dominated capitalist governments, it is a topic of hot debate. That in...

UK View: Unreasonable Rent? That’s Private Taxation!

In feudal times, land lords laid down the law of the land, or at least the law pertaining to their patch of the land. If they decreed their tenants...

Affordable Housing Massaged By Technology: Benefits? Or Techno-nerd Hype?

Can government or charitable grants and subsidies fuel a housing revolution and overcome today's affordability crisis? If so, it's sure not happening yet, if ever. Alternatives? Turns out they're popping...

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:...

Montreal’s July 1st Musical Housing Chairs Sounds A Mournful Note

An unusual phenomenon takes place every July 1 in Canada's second largest city, Montréal. It is a city where renters are in the majority (493,000 or 63% of all...

Shelter For All: Most Governments Cower. India Tackles It Head On

Following the landslide re-election for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, how is his hugely ambitious 'Housing For All By 2022' plan coming along? Not a slam dunk yet, but it...

Free Market Affordable Housing: A Unicorn? IKEA & Padsplit Don’t Think So

In no small part, affordable housing is a victim of housing industry propaganda, not actual facts. The housing industry, by and large, sings a two-note song. The high note: luxury...

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...

Australian Journalism Inspires A Rumination About Rooming Houses

Traditional boarding (or rooming) houses are NOAH, and they suffer for it. They cannot be barred by NIMBY activists, because they are already IN the neighbourhood. Yet they offer affordable housing in an era of affordable housing crisis. And though rooming houses invariably add to neighbourhood density, they do so in a relatively nonintrusive way, unlike a high-rise sun-blocking apartment tower.

NYC Rent Wars: Landlords Right & Duty . . . Big Profit. Tenants . . . Help!

There would seem to be a growing consensus worldwide that housing renters need at least some kind of protection from free-market land and housing speculation. But how? Within capitalist societies...

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!

Revisiting The City Of Boulder’s Co-op Housing Ordinance

Two years ago, after a two year process, the City of Boulder approved by a vote of 7-2 an ordinance to allow housing co-operatives as dwelling units. Opponents felt...

New Jersey Non-Profit Demonstrates What Community Can Do That Government Can’t

When it comes to affordable housing, New Jersey's bickering between municipalities and the state have set a national benchmark for the lowest possible standard of government commitment to a...

Affordable Grannie Flats Are ‘In.’ Flop Houses? In Minnesota, Not so Much… Yet.

Simple solutions have a way of finding themselves. Some reports suggest that at ground zero of the affordable housing crisis — the state of California — grand schemes for generating...

South Bend Inconvenient Truth: More ‘Red Tape’, Not Less, For Affordable Housing

Our headline misuses the term 'red tape.' That usage falls in line with the way affordable housing interest groups such as the homebuilding industry are complaining about 'red tape.'...

Scams Can Make Swiss Cheese Out Of Affordable Rent Protections

The affordable housing crisis is creating a new class of perpetual middle-income home ownership hopefuls. They'd love to own a home, but year after year, the possibility of doing...

Why Can’t California Super-Government Pass Affordable Housing Crisis Bills?

In California, the Democratic Party owns veto-resistant super-majorities in both houses of congress, together with the governorship. American governments just don't get any more powerful than this! And yet, faced...

NYC Mission Impossible? PPP That Builds True Affordable Housing. . . In Volume

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been a darling of neo-conservative 'leave it to the private sector,' thinking. Alas, when it comes to affordable housing in mixed income projects, they've...

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...

Will Democratic Control of State Government Help New York Renters?

For many years, Republican majorities in the New York State Legislature have blocked efforts to provide better protections for the state's housing renters, particularly those  suffering from predatory landlord...

Rent Banks — What Are They? How Can They Help Tenants Stay In Affordable Housing?

Rent Banks are funds to help rent burdened tenants keep their housing and avoid eviction. Here's a current example of a proposed rent bank (along with nine other ideas) to...

Should ‘Sacrosanct’ Middle Class Bleed Affordable Housing Dollars From Truly Needy

In North America, there is a growing pressure at all levels of government to find subsidy dollars for housing the middle class. That's the 'sacrosanct' middle class, according to...

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

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...

Can You Get There From Here? Plugging Low Income Americans Into Affordable Housing

An individual or an agency interposes itself between you and your objective and offers to help. Sure, you can hope for convenience, but hardly ever a cost saving. Help when...

U.S. Prez Hopeful Touts Rental Assistance. Seismic Shift In American Dreaming?

It's election promise season in America. (With U.S. political campaigning practically all year, every year, when is it not these days?) Leading up to the 2016 U.S. elections, there were...

Housing Just Gets More Expensive For Low Income Renters

Apartment List, a private sector web-based rental housing listing service in the United States, has just released its report tracking trends in income and housing costs from 2008 to...

How Denver Downtown Gentrification Freezes Out Essential Workers

"Hospital treatment bookings wait for no person," I reasoned before beginning cancer radiation therapy in downtown Toronto. I planned to travel to my appointments by subway (No sane person...

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...

Landlord By Name, Scorpion By Nature?

The parable of the scorpion and the frog — amended (or possibly amuddled) "Please carry me across the river on your back Mr. Tenant," said the Landlord. "Oh no! You will...

Faint New Hope For Fighting A New York Rental Racket

Chalk one up for Don Quixote — the little guy! A 'tilting at windmills' type lawsuit has recently won an unlikely victory in New York City. Don Quixote's opponent: the...

When The Rubber Hits The Road: Seniors Eye Affordable Housing That Isn’t

Today, we're serving up a still warm-brace of stories that expose the rape of a word that threatens senior citizens world-wide. That word is 'affordable.' The deliberate and callous...

Rent-To-Own And Housing Affordability: Just Who Profits?

Depending on the city you live in, affordable rental housing can be difficult to find, let alone 'rent to own' housing. However, any housing wrinkle may be worth a...

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...

UK Private Landlords De-Sanctified: Eviction Without Cause Will Die

Part of the enduring myth of neo-conservatism is the idea that private enterprise has been given short shrift, thanks to decades and decades of unfair left-wing vilification. "Give private...

“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...
Howdy,
Search exact
Search sentence
Please go to Appearance >> Widgets to add more useful widgets into WPAS Sidebar.