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As rental housing has historically represented the lion’s share of affordable housing, so government ownership has historically been the funding source and most often the owner/manager of that housing

Housing Author Talks Political Anger And ‘Triangle Of Resistance’ To Affordability

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The focus of the article linked below is the United Kingdom. But the problems it explores are mirrored in nations experiencing a housing crisis that national and regional governments...

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

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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

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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...

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

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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...

Could Reviled Public Housing Beat Current National Affordability Programs?

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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!

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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...

The Fuss About ‘Poor Doors’

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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?

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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...

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

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"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...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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

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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...

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...

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

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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...

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...

Spending Promised Funding For Social Rent Housing Depends On Access To Land

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In recent years, the UK government has relentlessly pushed a public/private partnership model to build the nation out of an affordable housing crisis. As time goes by, the meagre handfuls...

Churning: A Preposterous Reinvention Of NYC Public Housing Problems

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A recent article in CITYLAB features a pundit with a narrow vision of New York City's public housing problems: he feels there's just not enough churning. Churning? It's a rental...

NYC And HUD Spar Over Affordable Housing Time Bomb — Decaying Public Housing

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It's a time when cities everywhere are waking up to the cold, hard reality of the affordable housing crisis. Helped by subsidies, the private construction industry has focused its...

Public Housing Failure: Who Is To Blame? A Seattle Microcosm Of That Question

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While public (a.k.a social) housing has been extremely successful in some European nations, it survives and prospers against a small 'c' conservative attitude that financially poor tenants are both...

Hats Off To An Affordable Housing Builder Who Can’t Solve The Affordable Housing Crisis

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We'll leave our hat on first, an unusual act of mourning for the wreck of the USS Public Housing, driven quite deliberately onto the rocks. Conceived and capitalized as...

Aussies Target All Income Levels In Build-to-Rent Project Planted On A Land Trust

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Tax credit and subsidized affordable housing projects need not be be solely based upon an ownership model. However, it seems that many developers would much prefer to avoid build-to-rent...

Non-Marriage Of Convenience: Affordable Housing For A Redefined Family

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Partnership and family have long been a first stepping stone into adulthood, whether a formal or informal union, plus or minus children. But a conventional 'Rush to Marriage' today no...

Project Towers Reboot: Let’s Dump The Bad Attitude

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Consider the All-American Attitude towards Public Housing Project Towers. That's 'all', as in pretty much all government, all political party, all public opinion. And that Attitude is? Surviving American Project...

Need A Million Houses? UK Labour Party Wants To Revive Social Housing In A Big Way.

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With American conservatives pouring poison down the social housing well at a fearsome rate, the world — or at very least the North American continent — has been brainwashed...

Still Hope For Public Housing: Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens Renewal Wins National Award

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According to free market conservatives, American public housing is dead. It was the victim of its socialist anti-free-enterprise roots and of the lower class inhabitants who, in fits of...

Four Kinds Of Affordable Housing That Can Work In A Democracy

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Social housing has been largely abandoned by democracy. Or at least by those democracies that have participated most fervently in the East-West Cold War, where socialism became viewed in...

British PM On Unaffordable Housing: Land Bankers To Blame

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In a recent speech committing to more British affordable housing, Prime Minister Theresa May was quick to find culprits everywhere, but not so much on her own doorstep. The...

Forward To The Past. Unaffordable Homes Push Salford Towards Council Housing.

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What happens when the brave new affordable world of public/private partnerships meets only half the annual demand for affordable housing? What happens? It's obvious. The demand for affordable housing just...

Right Of First Refusal: Government Interference Or Affordable Housing Savior?

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For all of its physically attractive qualities, gentrification of inner cities is becoming a barrier to affordable housing world-wide. In North America, government action is limited by 'hands off...

Social Housing In Britain: History

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A nice little easy-read history of Social Housing in Britain from the BBC: A history of social housing

When ‘Affordable’ Replaces ‘Social,’ The Housing Result Grows Grim For The Poorest

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In Britain, government funding focus is shifting away from social housing targeted strictly for those most in need and towards affordable housing support for a broader range of income...

Social Housing Dignity From The Ground Up

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The California Town of Santa Clarita is a world away from the 2017 social housing inferno that killed so many in London England. Grenfell Tower residents were ultimately victims of...

Brutalism: The Demise Of The High Rise Live-in Parking Garage?

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Who knew that architecture could warp the mind, pollute the thinking, cause people to sink into poverty and condemn them to a life of crime? That seemed to be...
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