Community Resilience

Stories that discuss how affordable housing affects the economy and community.

How Government Landlords Can Trash The Value Of Co-op Housing

Housing Co-ops are a tried and true means of creating affordable housing and shielding that affordability by keeping the enterprise away from the free market. Co-ops can protect both...

A Legal Centre That Enables Land Trusts And Co-operative Housing

Sprinkled across the western world there are housing cooperatives, community land trusts, and other forms of collective ownership and decision making. Elsewhere, we've discussed some of the benefits of...

U.S. Social Insurance: Where That Octopus Might Touch You

If you're not American, the country's social insurance complex of programs will most likely not touch you at all. But this post, and the following article/report from the Brookings Institute,...

Strengthening Public Housing Community With Cooking

This is part of a series about community. Growing and sustaining a community brings benefits to the participants, provides a means of personal development and builds hope and resilience....

Strengthening Community: Getting Vaccinations To People Who Might Miss Out

This is part of a series about community. Growing and sustaining a community brings benefits to the participants, provides a means of personal development and builds hope and resilience....

Los Angeles Tent Encampments Showcase Reasons Why Slums Were Replaced

Los Angles Fire Department has recently reported an annual tally of fires and deaths in that city's plague of tent encampments. It should come as no surprise when we...

Strengthening Community: Centring On Communication

This is part of a series about community. Growing and sustaining a community brings benefits to the participants, provides a means of personal development and builds hope and resilience....

Strengthening Community: Supporting Resident Leadership

This is part of a series about community. Growing and sustaining a community brings benefits to the participants, provides a means of personal development and builds hope and resilience....

Strengthening Community: Building Individual And Group Capacity

This is part of a series about community. Growing and sustaining a community brings benefits to the participants, provides a means of personal development and builds hope and resilience....

Strengthening Community: A Tenant’s Story

This is part of a series about community. Growing and sustaining a community brings benefits to the participants, provides a means of personal development and builds hope and resilience....

Building Community During COVID: A Food Story

This is part of a series about community. Growing and sustaining a community brings benefits to the participants, provides a means of personal development and builds hope and resilience....

Engaging A Public Housing Community In Redevelopment

This is part of a series about community. Growing and sustaining a community brings benefits to the participants, provides a means of personal development and builds hope and resilience....

Building More Housing By Strengthening Community

Today, affordablehousingaction.org is starting a series about community. We've put a lot of attention on the policy, program, financing, design and construction aspects of housing for people with very...

Here’s The Dope On Green Public Housing In Paris

Vegetation, it seems, has a history as effective housing insulation. Straw bale houses were not uncommon as first residences during the settlement of the American WestStraw bale houses are...

Eviction Bans Help The Whole Community To Control COVID Infection

A Federal Court judge has ruled against landlords who fought an eviction ban in Philadelphia. The landlords maintained that the ban was unconstitutional because it conferred a benefit only...

Making Private Market Housing Sustainable For Tenants With Low Incomes

The Wellesley Institute is a champion for the social determinants of health in Canada. The Institute has focused considerable attention on the link between housing and health. One example...

Even Without A Grand Master Rapper, New Orleans Shows Food Deserts Can Be Beaten

A modern view of old fashioned, much neglected, American public housing: push it into the trash. But there's a growing recognition that for all the hype for complicated government/free enterprise...

Pandemic Response By New York School System Pioneers Community Food Outreach

In England this past pandemic year, there was for a time an extraordinary reluctance by the government to extend traditional school meal service during closures. This in spite of...

Royal Commission in Victoria, Australia Calls For Public Supported Housing

A Royal Commission Into the Mental Health System in Victoria, Australia, has just issued its final report. In its two years of activity, the Commissioners received 12,500 submissions. The...

Signs That COVID Sustains Historic Discrimination

Elijah de la Campa has done some interesting research about rental arrears among small landlords during COVID. He used racial characteristics of neighbourhoods to make comparisons about the extent...

Housing Advocacy At The Highest Levels Of The Church Of England

The Church of England (C of E) has joined the chorus calling for more housing for people with very low and no incomes. This is one result of work...

Universal Basic Income Part 3: Housing Benefit Model

This is the third of three posts about Universal Basic Income.Part 1 took a peek into an extensive report by the BC Basic Income Panel. Part 2 considered the...

Universal Basic Income Part 1: Applying A Justice Framework

This is the first of three posts about Universal Basic Income. It is an idea that has been around for some time but often seen as out of step...

Empty Housing Not Just A Waste Of Shelter But Also A Community Disease

Empty houses plague not only cities, but the countryside. Some are empty because speculators are holding them for a quick turnover in a hot housing market.Try: City Of Vancouver...

KiwiBuild Didn’t Solve The Housing Crisis. Let’s Hope For More From KiwiRent

New Zealand has taken steps to ease a housing crisis it shares with many nations, all of whom are suffering from the financialization of housing — speculative buying and...

Columbia, South America: Learning From Social Challenges In New Public Housing

The article linked below offers a view into public housing built in Colombia, South America. It is a part of the world that receives little coverage in the media...

Will The Dutch Point A Fire Hose At The Capitalist Flame They Ignited?

Who started capitalism? We'll bet you think its Adam Smith, the Grand Poohbah of the Law of Supply and Demand. The Dutch claim it was one of their merchants who...

A Thousand Tiny Points Of Sawdust Help Home Schooling In Decatur Public Housing

There is nothing new about the need to support education for lowest income families. Schooling is seen everywhere as the ticket out of poverty. Alas, in the US three...

The OECD Recommends More Social Housing. It’s A Global Need

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just issued a policy brief about affordable housing. It begins with an 20 year overview of trends in housing affordability....

Niagara Region Libraries Bring A Piece Of The Internet Into Low Income Homes

Kindness to strangers has given birth to a means of sharing library internet services for those with low and no incomes in Ontario's Regional Municipality of Niagara. Familiar to most,...

Community Change: Will The Internet Steal The Voice of The Most Vulnerable?

For better and/or worse, the internet is dramatically changing the way we relate to each other. While many tear their hair at the rise of dangerous attitudes and misinformation...

Rep By Pop, or Rep by Wealth (Or Lack Of It)? Lived Experience For Pols

Of all the formulae we hear about parliamentary (or congressional) representation, one of the least mentioned is a test based on the wealth of the candidates. Normally, Rep by Pop...

UK Public Housing? PPP Fails. Let’s Try PCP Based On CLTs

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), given free rein for several decades, now clearly define how they can serve a particular set of needs — where the term "Public" stands for...

Cold Multiplies The Danger Of Ontario Homeless “Living In The Rough”

2020 has brought more flurries than usual to the Canadian city of Hamilton. With the onset of the pandemic, commendable flurries of activity have removed people experiencing homelessness from...

Connecting Housing And Health – COVID Helps Provide Links

Chelsea, Massachusetts is a neighbour to Boston. Its level of COVID infections is 918/10,000, the highest in the state. Like other communities with high infection rates, Chelsea residents are...

Guns, Jails And Violence: The Housing Connection

Gun violence is one of many failings associated with public housing. In his documentary, writer, producer and director Brian Schodorf challenges that notion. The program focusses on Cabrini Green, a...

Are Your Country’s Rents Ever-Increasing? Berlin Stops That Dead

Free market democracies offer little natural protection to their citizens when it comes to the "inalienable right" of gamblers to speculate for profit in life's essentials, such as food...

Mixed Use, Mixed Income Housing By Accident

In the decades following World War II, many governments invested in civic infrastructure to keep their economies growing and wipe away the bombed neighbourhoods, which were visible vestiges of...

Vancouver, BC: ‘Hiving’ As A Resilient Affordable Housing Strategy

Vancouver, BC is the least affordable city in North America, with a high proportion of households with low incomes compared to Canada as a whole. As well, it's a...

UK Affordable PPP Problem: “One Of Our ‘P’s Is Broken”

Incompetence? Bad Faith? Obsessive fealty to shareholders?  Whatever the reason, local United Kingdom councils are starting to finger one of the 'P's in their Affordable Housing Public Private Partnerships...

Acquiring Land for Affordable Housing? Scrap That Idea!

Governments, for all their supposed powers, are clearly at a disadvantage when it comes to competing with private enterprise that has sniffed profit in the wind. Sandy Springs, a newish...

Cozy Canada Missed 2008 Wake Up Call, Now Faces Housing Bubble Bath

2008 US/World Housing Crisis and beyond. What? Us Canucks Worry? No need. We were proud of our doughty bank system that rode out the storm without risky mortgage investment holdings...

Resilience: What Is It? What’s It Got To Do With Affordable Housing?

Resilience is a measure of how well a crisis, calamity, or catastrophe can be withstood. As the term is used in this blog, it comes in two flavours. Community resilience...

DIY Broadband Levels Essential Internet Playing Field For Have-Nots

Here's a good news story emerging from the shadows of those giant, hard-nosed internet providers determined to soak everybody to the max for their internet access. If that characterization...

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...

US Affordable Housing Supply — Sabotaged!

A recent study by two U.S. economists demonstrates how national homebuilders can effectively sabotage the free market, building fewer homes to their great convenience and profit. In response to cries...

The Extinction Rebellion Vs. Affordable Housing: Adversaries Or Soul Mates?

These days, a great deal of visionary thinking is being applied to newly appreciated human concerns such as Climate Change, the Green New Deal, the Extinction Rebellion and other...

Can An Affordable Housing Crisis Be Viewed As A Slow-Rolling Disaster?

When it comes to affordable housing crises, there are are some potential benefits to be gained from viewing the crisis from a disaster perspective. This is particularly true where...

High School Students Build . . . Affordable Housing?

Wow! How times change. When I was in high school I was entrusted (barely) with building a wall lamp from aluminum strips, decoration added by precise and delicate hammering...

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...

Affordable Housing In Trailer Parks? ROCk On, America!

These days, a flood of buy-and-destroy developers as well as vulture rental packagers threaten the existence of a longstanding North American affordable housing institution — the trailer park. Trailer parks...

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,...

Climate Change Threatens Another Knockdown Blow To Affordable Housing

"Hurricane Sandy was the greatest natural disaster to ever impact public housing residents in New York City". So begins the abstract of Public Housing on the Periphery: Vulnerable Residents and...

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...

A Green Future With Housing For All? Of Course It Can Be Done. But It May Take Baby Steps

A fear looming ever bigger and nastier on the horizon is the possibility that affordable housing demands will clash head on with steps necessary to prevent an environmental catastrophe...

Supercharged By Boondoggle? Affordable Housing Via The Green New Deal

America faces a bugle call to arms on many fronts such as immigration and terrorism. The call for affordable housing, for all that it is a matter of pressing...

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...

Saving The World One Tree? Affordable House? At A Time

An article about a 'green' project on the Island of Montreal reflects a conflict pitting two well meaning and determined groups of activists against each other, something we'll undoubtedly...

Affordable Housing In The Swamp: Raising Up A Pyramid Of Govt Ineffectiveness?

Are higher levels of government too remote from the practical problems faced by cities? It's certainly a cause for worry in America, particularly when the subject is the affordable...

Resilient City, Toronto Style

"A Resilient Toronto is ... Home. A place where housing is a right, and every resident has a safe, decent, and affordable place to live." Compared with stories that...

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...

Affordable Housing Crisis: Miami Hits The Bad Times Big Time

If your city is looking to become world-class these days, unaffordable housing looks to be a promising way to get there. Sooner of later, your metropolis may have a...

Foreigners Needed To Buy Canada’s World Class Unaffordable Housing

'And the least shall be greatest. And lo, in the fullness of time, the least did indeed become both least and greatest. And they most thoroughly wished that they...

$$$ College Housing? $$ But Scarce Off-Campus? Student Union Eyes Third Way

These days, college and university students are often burdened by loans necessary to higher education tuition. This financial problem is only growing. That's because, for those without a convenient...

Just Build More Housing? These Days, The Idea Rules, But Without Clothes

As a child, I attended a live production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. The Emperor met up with weavers who promised cloth of the finest quality and lightest weight....

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

Rent Banks are funds that 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...

Creating A Tax-Foreclosure Free City: Why Bother?

Most city spending is to the benefit of their citizens. Not surprising, therefore, that cities generally take a dim view of those who do not pay municipal taxes. For...

How Québec And British Columbia Became Canada’s Affordable Housing Leaders

In 1994, the Canadian Federal Government pulled the plug on its social housing programs. Seven years later, the federal government reversed its position and decided to put some funding...

Public Investment In Australian Affordable Housing Pays Off

It's an old story which still holds. You have to spend money to make money. A consortium of non-profit, government and industry groups found this out after they commissioned study...

Floating Cities Aren’t The Answer To Climate Change

CITYLAB is a brilliant website that explores innovation and change, which may contribute to the success of tomorrow's cities. It is no stranger to the word 'could' and often applies...

Vienna Housing Model Exhibition: Could We Get One Here, Please?

As Dublin begins a month long exhibition of the 'Vienna Housing Model' we are forced to look on enviously from the other side of the Atlantic. It will be...

SF Success Requires Gentrification Plan To Include Existing Neighbours

Even California's legendary neighbourhood NIMBYNot In My Back Yard activists have had difficulty withstanding the relentless pressure for gentrification in downtown neighbourhoods. In 2015, San Francisco took steps to...

Neighbourhoods: How Important Is History To An Affordable Housing Future?

A striking feature of virtually all NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) affordable housing confrontation is the mantle of fake history draped across the defence battlements. That so-called history...

Ontario Pines For The Heady Affordable Housing Co-ops Of Yesteryear

Social housing has been one of the few affordable housing alternatives in many countries. We're talking truly affordable rental housing here, and we're talking the massive quantities necessary to...

Rehabilitating America’s Public Housing Potential. You Could Be A Nurse!

Is there a hope for public housing in America? These days, glimmers of light appear on the horizon. In part, they reflect the failure of public/private partnerships — the...

Karl Marx, Classical Economist: Have We Reached His Capitalist End of Times?

No, Marx was not a socialist. Marx studied and wrote about capitalist economies, much as the father of capitalism, Adam Smith, explored the nature of free market economies in the...

Alien Affordable Architecture, Modularity And The Challenge of Good-Hearted Politics

The Challenge: More governments, both local and national, are coming to grips with an affordable housing crisis using the fashionable tools of the day. They are finding those tools wanting....

The Sad Parable Of A San Francisco Teachers’ Slum

In truth, it was a teacher's slum that never was, but a sad parable nonetheless. These days, stories abound of middle class workers essential to a community who are less...

Happy 50th Birthday, Co-op City, NYC: Proving Project Housing Can Survive And Prosper

With dense living apparently the way of the future for modern cities, it's important to understand why it has in some cases proved itself unworthy. Communities of gentry in luxury...

Can A Case Be Made For ‘Downzoning’ When Upzoning Is The Favourite Affordable Housing Flavour?

Downzoning is, not surprisingly, the opposite of upzoning. A classic, controversial attempt to do city-wide upzoning has recently made the news in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis residential zoning districts, which previously...

The American Housing Industry’s Addiction To Luxury Homes Is Damaging Its Health. And Ours.

Builder Magazine is a construction industry booster, without question. But if it is inclined to sugar coat or trumpet industry successes, it also seems willing to tackle some of the...

Fanny Mae Unplugged: A Former CEO Offers Perspective On Last & Next Housing Crises

In 2008, an American mortgage repackaging crisis wound in financial players and governments around the world. It triggered a multi-year recession from which some countries are still recovering. The...

Cities Can Unite To Force National Government Action On Affordable Housing: An EU Perspective

An intriguing, wide-ranging article from Ireland reports on a recent affordable housing conference for European Union cities. The conference was held in Vienna, Austria, which in itself is a...

Drowned Cities of Tomorrow: Affordable Housing Crisis, Or Relocation Crisis?

An article on Miami affordable housing in the Huffington Post has a patently absurd title suggesting that only the wealthy can withstand the onslaught of climate change. Do Huffington Post reporters...

Decline Of Business Resilience Linked To Lack Of Truly Affordable Housing

Resilience is an important survival mechanism for individuals and families. Resilience usually implies not just enough to survive, but more than enough. When it comes to maintaining a roof...

Leadership From The Top Needed To Counter Housing Threat To Irish Posperity

Calls for national leadership in the face of a worldwide unaffordable housing crisis? So far, they've been few and far between, although a child using simple arithmetic could demonstrate...

US Federal Tax Cuts Spur Unprecedented Inter-City Housing Cooperation

Cities in the American sunbelt bear a heavy brunt of the nation's homelessness, thanks to the easier living conditions for those condemned to a life without housing. Inheriting the...
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