Housing

Grenfell Tower tragedy shows social housing system has failed UK citizens

In the housing system, cost-cutting and reckless decisions were made with little fear of anyone being held responsible<p>The fire at Grenfell Tower has highlighted a number of issues relating to government housing policy in recent years, not only the failure to apply proper safety measures but also …

Social Housing

Why Hasn't the Real Estate President Fixed Housing Yet?

The mogul president’s name is synonymous with real estate. But as Donald Trump enthusiastically holds forth on America’s “crumbling” infrastructure, …

Freddie Mac

As cities look to get greener, lower-income residents fear gentrification

CHICAGO — By many measures, the effort to convert old elevated railway on Chicago’s Northwest Side into a signature park has been a smashing success.<p>The 2.7-mile recreation trail, known as The 606, built on old Chicago & Pacific Railroad line has been praised as a model use of public space since it …

Urban Design

Decent homes for all… Has the social housing dream died?

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, it is clear that Britain’s social housing is in crisis. As a new film looks at the legacy of Thatcher’s right-to-buy, Rowan Moore asks whether the postwar housing ideal can be revived. Below: David Harewood, Kerry Hudson and others on their experiences of …

Social Housing

Finally, everyone's paying attention to social housing, but it shouldn't have taken a tragedy to get us here

In the past fortnight the country has struggled to deal with a deepening civil emergency in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, exposing systemic …

Social Housing

The Observer view on the housing crisis

Government must be prepared to build when private initiatives fail<p>As we report today, research by Shelter shows that by 2020 more than a million households are likely to find that their housing benefit doesn’t cover the rent they pay to private landlords. The consequence will be hardship, eviction …

Queen's Speech

More than a million households ‘at risk of becoming homeless in the next three years’

More than a million households who are privately renting at the moment are at risk of becoming homeless by 2020, as those on low incomes and benefits …

Social Housing

I introduced a bill to protect tenants. Grenfell shows why they need it

Amendments to housing regulations that I first proposed in 2015 were voted down by the government. It must now support measures like them<p>Today the friends and families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster remain in mourning and a community remains in shock. As a neighbouring MP – and …

Social Housing

The truth about housing wealth is that most of us didn't earn it

Way back in the mists of time when “Red Ed” Miliband proposed a new tax on homes worth more than £2m, Michael Caine considered the idea terribly …

Ed Miliband

Tower block residents need justice. History shows they must lead the fight

I campaigned for safety measures after the Ronan Point disaster of 1968. After Grenfell, residents must be given a far greater say in all decisions<p>There’s no place like home, they say. So what a devastating revelation it will be for the thousands of tower block residents up and down the country who …

Residents told they 'MUST leave' fire-risk London flats as tenants claim they're being 'bullied' by security guards

Residents yet to evacuate four London tower blocks over fire safety concerns claim they are being intimidated by security guards and that tensions …

How to take advantage of the retail apocalypse

Amazon’s stunning acquisition last week of Whole Foods signaled an inflection point in the development of retail, notably the $800 billion …

Trends

Homeless college students a growing concern on campuses

Jennifer Carr knows she's not the profile of a typical college student. The Detroit area woman is 37, and has battled alcohol and heroin addiction. …

Education

Trumps, Pence among guests at Mnuchin's wedding

President Trump was among the guests at Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s wedding Saturday night.<p>Trump and first lady Melania were joined by Press …

U.S. Secretary of Housing

High-cost US Cities See Homeless Population Grow

Homelessness is increasing in Los Angeles, and the signs are visible. From tents under freeways and shopping carts at street corners, to people …

Poverty

Grenfell Tower

This note does not replace the need for local judgment of course, but aims to summarise recent and current guidance, and will be updated daily.<p>The …

London Fire Brigade

How Exclusionary Zoning Comes at a Loss for Housing and Jobs

Harvard economist Edward Glaeser, perhaps the nation’s leading expert on the economics of zoning, has an interesting Brookings Institution essay on …

Foundation for Economic Education

Number of tower blocks found to fail fire tests nearly doubles

The number of tower blocks which have failed emergency fire tests has nearly doubled to 60 in 25 different council areas - up from 34 in 17 …

UK News

How To Be Successful With Affordable Housing Without Being Evil

<i>You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.</i><p>“Our nation is in the midst of a true affordability crisis.” Daryl Carter, founder, chairman and CEO of Avanath Capital Management, sees that as both a problem and an opportunity. He’s found a way to deliver returns to investors while …

Affordable Housing

New Mexico group unveils estimated $20M homelessness project

SANTA FE, N.M. – A local architect and a pair of organizations that serve Santa Fe's homeless population have been working together for nearly two years to develop a long-term solution to homelessness that extends far beyond a bed and a meal.<p>The group's estimated $20 million proposal called One …

Oakland commits $14 million to buy residential hotel to house homeless residents

OAKLAND — As private developers snatch up downtown Oakland’s remaining single-room occupancy hotels, the city has decided it wants to preserve one, …

Oakland

Berlin 24/7: Alternative living in Berlin

Whether it's up in the air, in a construction container or on the water, Berliners are inventive when it comes to alternative - and affordable - …

39 Million Americans Can't Afford Their Homes

And they're putting their long-term financial security at risk as a result.<p>It's not unusual for housing to constitute a given family's single largest …

Retirement

The Bank of Canada thinks housing is still pretty cheap

Turns out housing may be affordable, at least by one measure. While home prices have been climbing in Toronto and Vancouver, people that didn’t buy into the madness seem just fine.<p>The Bank of Canada (BoC) Housing Affordability Index shows that the cost of housing across Canada is below historic …

Bank of Canada

Buffett Bullish on Canada But Not as Much on Its Housing: Globe - Bloomberg

Warren Buffett may have thrown a lifeline to embattled Canadian alternative lender Home Capital Group Inc., but that doesn’t mean he’s as enthused …

Business

Tiny house on the run: Couple's journey to find a home for their home hits dead end

‘We are trying to do everything legally on the up-and-up and I feel like a criminal’<p>Vancouver Island couple Robin and Jenn Sheffield traded their …

Tiny House Movement

It's never been so expensive to buy a new house

New U.S. single-family home sales rose in May and the median sales price surged to an all-time high, suggesting the housing market had regained momentum.<p>The Commerce Department said on Friday new home sales increased 2.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted rate of 610,000 units last month. April's …

Real Estate

Ontario rent increases capped at 1.8 per cent for next year

TORONTO - Landlords in Ontario will be able to increase rents up to 1.8 per cent next year, as rent controls are expanded under the Liberal …

Toronto

Dan Fumano: Applying Vancouver's empty home tax may cost an $2.7 million more than expected

With the July 1 deadline approaching for Vancouver dwellings to be rented out or be hit with the country’s first vacancy tax, it appears the cost of …

Vancouver Real Estate

Multi-million-dollar property owners requested cap on empty homes tax

Report coming before council June 28 shows who requested exemptions and why, while implementation costs have risen from $4 to $7 million.

Vancouver Real Estate