UK Housing Development Deregulation: A Willful Celebration of Past Ignorance

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The United Kingdom is in a unique position. It actually knows the truth about what happens when housing developers are handed their Holy Grail — the unrestricted right to...

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

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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...

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...

Housing Co-Operatives: What Are They And What Are They Good For?

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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...

YIGBY: What Does It Stand For? Will It Catch On?

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Just a quicky . . . Seems it's the silly season for acronyms. The latest is YIGBY. To get the full flavour of this new affordable housing acronym, you may wish to work up to it by reviewing your knowledge of:

Permitted Development Rights: Housing Stumbles As Red Tape Crumbles

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These days, there's a constant industry-driven drumbeat of propaganda that targets excessive housing regulation. It's the prime stumbling block for affordable housing everywhere, don'tcha know? Cut the red tape and...

Impact Fees: What Are They? How Do They Affect Affordable Housing?

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Many people would like to move to Happy City, for its climate, ocean views, good job prospects, excellent schools, and so on. Housing developers believe in Happy City enough...

Opportunity Zones: What Are They? Drawing Back The Curtains In The Land Of Oz

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Opportunity Zones? What are OZs? How Do They Work? What can OZs do for the affordable housing crisis? Why it is that what they can do may not be...

Why Settle For Affordable Housing When Achievable Or Attainable Housing Is Available?

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Achievable Housing? Attainable Housing? The terms are cropping up increasingly in the press. So what new perspective does the use of two more 'A' words bring to national housing crises? Clarity?...

Preventing Homelessness: What’s The Big Deal?

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When Ben Franklin said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, he was talking about fires. It ought to apply to homelessness as well. Yet for...

Land Trusts – What Are They? What Do They Mean For Affordable Housing?

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Land trusts are an alternative to private land ownership. Key features are: Ownership by a third party (a trustee) Controls on the use of the land Constraints on the...

What Is Housing First? Why Is It So Popular?

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Housing First is an approach to ending homelessness. Its key features include Personal outreach to people who are homeless, with the specific purpose of encouraging them to accept assistance...

Social Rent: What Is It? How Does It Help Us Understand Affordable Housing?

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We are in an era of proliferating definitions for affordable housing. They have multiplied to the point of utter confusion, not only for those who discuss and attempt to...

The Missing Middle In Affordable Housing: Person, Place, Both?

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It's easy to be confused by the term 'missing middle'. At times it refers to physical structures. At others, it's about the people who live there. Evergreen, a Toronto...

Upzoning: What Is It? How Will It Help Build More Affordable Housing?

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Upzoning is a convenient way to describe a zoning change that increases the density of housing within an existing residential zone. There are a limited number of ways that urban...

Trendy YIMBY Affordable Housing Activists Are Sheltered In A House Of Straw

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YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) should more appropriately be named a finger-pointing Yes In YOUR Backyard, as YIMBY activists between the lot of them are unlikely to have enough...

Brownfields: What Are They? What Can They Offer Affordable Housing?

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A recent UK article calls out the housing industry for its antipathy towards brownfield housing development. What is a 'brownfield' development, as opposed to a 'greenfield' one? Brownfield is the name...

Affordable Housing: What’s In A Definition?

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There is an affordable housing crisis. We’ve been reading this often as we scan news stories to include in blog posts at affordablehousingaction.org. It turns out that the term affordable...

Lazy Land: What Is It? Where Can You Find It? How Can It Help The Affordable Housing Crisis?

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'Lazy' land is usually, but not necessarily always, public land that is not really being used for a heck of a lot. In fact, it may be nothing more...

ADU’s: What Are They? What Are Their Strengths For Affordable Housing?

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ADU is the short form for Accessory Dwelling Unit. They are also known as second suites, secondary rental units, grannie flats, in-law flats, accessory apartments and probably many more...

Gentrification: What is it? How Does It Contribute to the Affordable Housing Crisis?

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Gentrification is a disease of affordable housing neighbourhoods. It has come about by a change in that great middle class 'home ownership dream' promoted by banks and developers who profit...

Limited-Equity Cooperative: What Is It? How Can It Help Finance Affordable Housing?

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What is a Housing Cooperative? It's a communal form of home ownership that allows cooperative members to buy an ownership share in a residential building. Those shares are bought at...

Form-Based Code: What Is It? Why Is It Different From Conventional Planning? How Does It Help Affordable Housing?

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Form-based code is a method of land use regulation promoted by the Form-Based Codes Institute, which operates out of Washington D.C. Urban planning is in many ways like flying blind....

Right to Adequate Housing: What Is it? Who Is Promoting It? Why Will The US Likely Be Last...

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All humans have the Right to Adequate Housing. Housing is not somebody's magnanimous gift, or a privilege, or a right that somehow must be earned. If you are human,...

Sweat Equity: What is it? Who Uses it? What Does It Offer To Affordable Housing?

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Sweat equity undoubtedly pre-dates currency. When there isn't any cash, you can pay with goods. When you have no goods to pay, you can pay with the sweat of...

Redlining: What Was It? And Should We Be Asking ‘What Is It?’ Because It’s Still With Us, And It’s...

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As elsewhere, private banks in the U.S. are profit-driven, with the interests of their shareholders first and foremost in their hearts. Because of this, they have traditionally been reluctant...

Renovictions: What Are They? What Can A Tenant Do To Combat Them?

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Renoviction is coined from 'Renovate' and 'Eviction'. Strictly speaking, it refers to landlords who claim some form of work is needed for a period of time that makes it...

Inclusionary Zoning: What Is It? Why Do It? Who’s Doing It?

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Researchers in the United States are investigating inclusionary zoning as a regulatory tool to improve health outcomes. Their findings are reported in the journal Health Affairs. Land uses are regulated...

Public Banks: What Are They? What Might They Offer Affordable Housing?

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Public banks — those are the ones that are open to the public, right? Yes . . . and no. Although people may casually refer to a 'public banking system',...
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