Nova Scotia drops provincial portion of HST on new apartment construction
Story by Jennifer Henderson
Alameda resident Margie Siegal writes, "I have wondered for some time why people are unable to locate an affordable place to live, despite all the new construction."
#VanRE luxury condos with shadow flipping + land speculation has dominated the market for 10+ years.
Renters in British Columbia at #affordablehousing "crisis level".
16% of B.C. renters spent more than 50% of income to cover rent + utilities. The B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) says, "the latest numbers reflect years of failure to invest in rental housing".
Rapid increase of short-term rental apartments in 2022 "contributed to a 28% rise in rent for long-term tenants" in British Columbia.
It's estimated that "B.C. tenants bore an extra $2 billion in rent between 2016 to 2021 due to the vast expansion of short-term rentals".
Feds' GST plan makes building British Columbia rentals more 'palatable' but renter relief still a long way off: experts
Trudeau announced new measures amid criticism over mounting unaffordability nationwide
>>> unfortunately this will not help build the most important housing of all: affordable housing, which needs to be paid for by gov and managed by non-profits or gov to remain affordable
"The group, known as the Task Force for Housing and Climate, will launch [Sept 12] and be co-chaired by former Conservative cabinet minister Lisa Raitt and former Edmonton mayor Don Iveson. Backed by the Clean Economy Fund, a charitable foundation, the task force will put forward ways of accelerating construction of new homes while also making them more sustainable."
I wonder how many people in massachusetts,
1) currently own more than one home, or,
2) have owned other homes before the current (and only) home they live in
See also addendae 6, 15
Los Angeles Tenants Consistently Organize to Defend Public Housing, Because It Works
Since 1990s Los Angeles privatizing its public housing even as its residents repeatedly organize to defend their homes
* organizing demonstrates importance of public housing, why the Left should demand we build more of it
:TwinPines: If #AffordableHousing is your jam, be sure to check out this very instructive webinar from the #Cooperative Development Foundation about how Community #LandTrusts can work with Limited-Equity #Coops to create permanently affordable housing (we've got video and text versions).
Halifax still waiting on answer to federal funding application for millions to boost housing supply
Story by @zwoodford
An Independent Hearing Officer ruled in favor of applying the City of Alameda's Rent Control ordinance to residents of Admirals Cove.
In wealthy Colorado ski towns, teens are building tiny homes for teachers who can't afford a place to live
National Housing Accord #CAEH Email your MP, it’s easy. Update (Sept. 15): The campaign has its first win! The federal government has announced that effective immediately, the GST on the construction of new purpose-built rental buildings will be eliminated. #housing #cdnpoli #affordablehousing #homelessness
Waiving GST just a start. 3 ideas to get more housing built in Canada
Governments need to step up: experts
* federal gov. decision to eliminate GST on purpose-built rentals expected to add tens of thousands of units to housing market: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberals-gst-rental-apartments-1.6966608
* just 1st step needed if Canada wants to close housing gap
* speed up approvals process
* more construction workers needed
* lower interest rates for financing
Digital nomads want to work from anywhere. Some worry that's creating problems for local communities
Housing prices are rising due, in part, to greater competition from foreign remote workers
Advocates rally for BC vacancy controls, landlords say they won’t work
BCGEU calls for limits to rent hikes for new tenants as ‘soon as possible’ during legislature rally
>>> Massive rentals construction in BC has not kept housing affordable. We need real rent control between tenants now.
Global News BC: Vancouver mayor says missing middle just a start, as critics say plan not bold enough https://globalnews.ca/news/9964293/vancouver-missing-middle-plan/ #globalnews #britishcolumbia #news #MissingMiddleHousing #Vancouvercitycouncil #AffordableHousing #VancouverPolitics #Vancouverhousing #CityofVancouver #familyhousing #housingcrisis #MissingMiddle #MultiFamily #townhouse #Vancouver #Politics #density
CMHC: Canada short 3.5M housing units for 2030
* Canada needs 3.5 million housing units by 2030 on top of what it plans to build by 2030
* CHMC economist says this goal may likely not attainable
Housing Shortages in Canada: Solving the Affordability Crisis
Estimating how much housing we’ll need by 2030
Island View and Waterside are now offering four newly constructed townhomes for sale at Below Market Rate for first-time homebuyers whose household income falls below the very-low-, low-, and moderate-income limits. Pre-application deadline is September 24.
What do policies Poilievre's party passed say about Conservatives' future?
* Poilievre spent summer speaking about housing affordability
* only proposal addressing that issue did not make it to final plenary vote
Poilievre, politics, populism
Almost half of Canadians living paycheque to paycheque, while support grows for Poilievre's Conservatives: poll
Poilievre doesn't feel your pain, but he's good at communicating it
m/w in Chicago (contrast: NYC, above)
As migrants pour into Chicago, women-led groups make sure they feel supported
Community leaders discuss relationships needed to provide newcomers w. housing, other resources in sanctuary city
* Chicago declares itself a sanctuary city
* substantial state, local resources been allocated
* helps arrivals move to more permanent housing
Addendum 1 cont'd
* 39% respondents feel economic issues impact their mental health
* suicide ideation among Canadians experiencing financial challenges alarmingly high
* 41% reporting having thought about suicide 2022-2023
* inflation affecting Canadians: 24% report going into debt as result
Suicide ideation is a problem in Canada. Here's why experts think it's more prevalent
“#SanDiego housing development is over-produced for above moderate-income households and fails to meet state targets for low- and middle-income households. Increasing permitting and incentives for middle-income housing development will be pivotal to getting back on track.”
‘Pressing need’: Victoria approves $2.5M to build housing for hospitality workers
Money comes from special fund
I just went to set up #TekSavvy for my new apartment and apparently the #FiberOptic line going into the building is blocked for #IndepententServiceProviders. I've been with TekSavvy for probably close to 20 years (National Capital Freenet before that).
Especially ridiculous that they can do this going into an #AffordableHousing building and charge tenants whatever ridiculous inflated rates they want.
Do you #rent in #Ontario? Consider helping #ACORN tenants' union by filling out their rental map. From them: "A rental registry means more transparency for renters and better #housing data to protect affordable housing, inform stronger policies, and enforce existing protections for #tenants facing #renoviction or major rent increases."
It takes 30 seconds to practice #solidarity, which imo is hella rad.
I'm happy for the SF Community Land Trust getting a $20 million donation from Mackenzie Scott, but also a bit miffed. It makes my $1,000 soft loan to them seem kind of paltry in comparison. Still, I'm proud that in doing so I helped them buy 285 Turk last year. CLTs rock! https://nextcity.org/urbanist-news/with-donations-as-small-as-20-land-trust-makes-9m-affordable-housing-buy #affordableHousing #communityLandTrust
Eviction Crisis About to Hit Los Angeles
Tenant rights groups sounding alarm about impending eviction crisis
* hundreds of thousands L.A. tenants risk of losing housing
* compelling some to fight back
#AffordableHousing #rentals #ShortTermRentals #Airbnb #neoliberalism #capitalism #profiteering #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #PrivateEquity #HumanRights #homelessness #inflation #protest #eviction #poverty #TenantsRights #activism
Escalating Rhetoric, Eric Adams Says Migrant Crisis Will "Destroy New York"
NYC Mayor Adams does not “see an ending” to migrant crisis; renewed push for federal help
* escalated rhetoric re: migrant crisis
* claimed NYC being destroyed by migrants influx f. southern border
* does not see solution
* i.e. elected populism w/o solutions
THURSDAY NIGHT! Care about #AffordableHousing enough to speak to city council but don't know where to start? You're not alone & once again the Hub's gonna make it EASY for you. Sign up for our #AdvocacyTrainingSession & we'll help you do it!
See also Addendum 10
Conflict of interest: Montreal politicians making decisions on housing are also landlords
Review of financial declarations revealed major omissions, over a dozen evictions tied to 3 politicians f. across political spectrum
“We need elected officials looking at housing as a right … not a way of making money.”
* evictions, rent increases, unhappy tenants
* undeclared property
Learn how to speak truth to power in advance of Calgary City Council's #AffordableHousing session. Climate overlaps this topic so heavily which is why City Hall needs to hear from YOU! Free advocacy training this Thursday night. Join us!
The $100 TRILLION battle for world’s wealthiest people
2 financial giants look likely to crush the competition
https://persagen.com >> search: BlackRock OR "Vanguard Group"
#BlackRock #Vanguard #PrivateEquity #WealthConcentration #WealthInequality #DefundWealth #DefundBillionaires #DefundCorporations #capitalism #sustainability #EnvironmentalRights #LaborMovement #neoliberalism #profiteering #inflation #WealthManagement #AffordableHousing #HumanRights
Big Real Estate Executives Among Top Donors to Pierre Poilievre’s Conservatives
Conservative Party’s donor list includes names of real estate investors and developers that are buying up affordable housing across Canada
Always a small feeling of terror when I hit send on a newsletter...
Here is what I wrote for today, to about 1,550 of my neighbours, on the need to advocate for affordable housing.
#Poilievre: Canada has fewest houses per capita in the G7. Only one reason. Government.
Me: Maybe also avg house in Canada is ~double size of houses in 5/6 other G7 countries.
Canada: 1948 (sq.ft.)
Also: speculative cost of land; developer and investor profits; no public housing development...
Affordable Housing Has Become Unaffordable to Build
A ‘perfect storm’ of rising costs makes it hard to keep rents low, say non-profits
This is a Vancouver-centric story, but I have seen exactly the same things happen in Victoria through my work with #VicCoolAid
Care about #AffordableHousing enough to speak to city council but don't know where to start? You're not alone & once again the Hub's gonna make it EASY for you. Sign up for our #AdvocacyTrainingSession on Sept 7th & we'll walk you through it!
Learn how to speak truth to power in advance of Calgary City Council's #AffordableHousing session. Climate overlaps this topic so heavily which another good reason why City Hall needs to hear from YOU on this important issue!
Every developer opted to pay Montreal instead of building affordable housing under bylaw
Canada's housing affordability crisis requires wartime public effort: CUPE
Canadian Union of Public Employees: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Union_of_Public_Employees
* Canadian trade union serving public sector
* recent years organized workplaces in non-profit & para-public sector
#breakingnews in wholly predictable events: we learn #today that one of the #developers involved in the #greenbeltscandal was planning to flip the land for quick profits all along. What? You mean they never planned to build #affordablehousing 🙄. #Recommendation14 #auditorgeneralreport #greenbelt #onploi
Private Equity Firm Might Be Your Next Landlord
* NYC investors buying up 100s of smaller buildings, prompting concerns over NYC’s deepening housing crisis
* private equity firms quietly spent $100s millions buying apartments
* focus on assets -businesses; housing - they can buy cheaply but have big profits
Many office buildings have been left empty since the start of the pandemic. To make them into housing, they might need new windows, altered HVAC systems and rewiring of electrical systems.
It’d be expensive to do, but it is doable.
Here's why I'm supporting Mike McAuley for mayor of #BellinghamWA: https://mappingmashups.medium.com/vote-mike-mcauley-for-mayor-of-bellingham-948b2138a6b6 @BellinghamWA #AffordableHousing
#CodmanSquare non-profit proposes adding four stories of #AffordableHousing to its building
#Boston #Dorchester https://www.dotnews.com/2023/codman-sq-ndc-wants-add-four-stories-its-headquarters
“We build more three-car garages in this country than we build one-bedroom apartments.”
Hi friends, I'm trying to find more of my local #SouthBay community (Santa Clara County & thereabouts) to follow!
I'm interested in local politics, community issues, #WorkersRights, #EconomicJustice, #RacialJustice, #BlackLivesMatter, #ImmigrantsRights, #AffordableHousing, #BuildingTrades #unions, #CALeg, #hiking, #wildflowers #gardening, #flowers.
This is the best overview of the concept of #socialhousing and how it might be implemented in modern U.S. cities that I have read to date. It posits 3 core principles: nonspeculative (outside the market), democratically run (which U.S. public and most affordable units are not), and publicly backed (government subsidies and institutional support). It also lays out several possible models for the U.S.
Tropical Foods on Melnea Cass Boulevard sues to block construction of residential building next door
#Roxbury #AffordableHousing #zoning #lawsuits https://www.universalhub.com/2023/tropical-foods-melnea-cass-boulevard-sues-block
Since Airbnb flatly refuses to take responsibility for illegal accommodations offered on its site, tenants' rights organizations in Quebec have launched their own website to track the impact of Airbnb on housing (in French)
Carbon Countdown 2023: Reaching Our 2030 Climate Targets in Massachusetts
Join this free virtual event on May 20 9-11a
Explore climate actions in our state, from local initiatives to statewide legislation. Feat. MA Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer and Senator Mike Barrett, plus breakouts with MA climate activists + leaders.
I'm jumping on to a presentation about how to legalize more #affordablehousing in #virginia . I'll try and post some interesting bits here https://housingforwardva.org/event/2023-05-xchats-single-stair-affordability/
starting to think if I want to connect with anyone I should do an #introduction ?
my current hobbies/interests/hyperfixations:
#StarTrek (all of them, haters DNI)
#LikeADragon #Yakuza games
#knitting #embroidery #sewing #visiblemending
the fine print:
she/her, ACAB, BLM, trans rights are human rights, live long & prosper 🖖
So happy to see this actually #affordablehousing come on line at last. The #CLT is a social technology whose time has clearly come, even here in London! https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/apr/20/citizens-house-real-affordable-housing-london-community-property
Congratulations to Madison, WI for making Using Less™️ legal again.
I wish I had a better source for this than New Scientist, but this #retrofit of houses in Bushwick looks promising on energy-efficiency grounds. I love that #affordablehousing looks like the good future. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2361329-eco-friendly-exoskeleton-cuts-apartment-building-energy-use-by-60/
The Australian Parliament is filled with Landlords, so of course they can't solve the housing crisis.
Just build some houses.
I’m seeing all of the great #introduction posts in the local content.town timeline, so I thought I’d do one of my own.
I’m a #dad, #affordableHousing consultant, #photographer, #businessOwner, and #Anaheim planning commissioner. I write about urban planning issues (https://www.granthenninger.com/urban-planning) and have another Mastodon account just for the subject ( @GrantHenninger).
Once upon a time, I took pictures of pretty landscapes. I don’t do that much anymore, but I want to do it again.
For #Detroit News subscribers only, but I wanted to call it out . . . tremendous work overall by City Hall Reporter Sarah Rahal and photographer David Guralnick. #tinyhomes #affordablehousing
Exclusionary zoning ended in California? Enforcement of California's anti-snob zoning law could invalidate zoning restrictions starting Feb.1--proposals for 8000+ new units already submitted to Santa Monica. Read more about the welcome mayhem here: https://darrellowens.substack.com/p/ca-cities-to-lose-all-zoning-powers
#Zoning #YIMBY #AffordableHousing
@nickcolley "but what will we do with the office space?" Um, drop it? Like you would if it no longer suited your business purposes for some other reason?
"But the downtown will be empty," wails city government.
Not if you fill it with #affordableHousing so that all the people who got pushed out of the city, by overpriced condo devs who lined your pockets, can afford to live centrally again.
Corporations and cities are made up of human beings, and it's time we started acting like it.