User: flenvcenter Topic: Shelter and Housing-Independent
Category: Affordable Housing
Last updated: Nov 13 2018 16:49 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Utopic or dystopic future Bozeman? 21.8.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Things aren’t like they used to be in Montana’s iconic mountain town.
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Living homes for all 16.8.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Can we transform the durability, healthy and sustainability afforable housing?
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High rents put housing out of reach in most Canadian cities -- new report 25.7.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Karl Nerenberg Rental housing has become prohibitively expensive for millions of Canadians in most of the country's urban centres. That is the stark and frightening conclusion of a report just released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).  The author of the report, the CCPA's senior economist, David Macdonald, examines the situation of rental housing in Canada generally. He points out that when the federal government stopped investing in rental housing, in the 1990s, it became increasingly more expensive and less available.  But Macdonald focuses primarily on the ability of full-time workers on minimum wage to afford reasonable rental accommodation. In 2015 there were more than one and a quarter million Canadians earning the minimum wage or less .  In Vancouver, the minimum wage is $12.65 per hour; in Toronto it is $14.00. Based on the generally accepted principle that you should spend about 30 per cent of your income on rent and no more, you would need to work 84 hours a week in ...
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Why Autodesk is investing in an urban prefab construction startup 11.7.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The software company's strategic investment in Factory OS includes goals for impact metrics such as waste reduction, jobs creation potential and how the collaboration can stimulate the development of more affordable housing.
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10 questions for Shell's New Energies VP 9.7.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Three years ago, the oil major created a division to invest in electricity, clean energy, electric vehicle charging, alternative fuels and other newer businesses. GreenBiz recently got an update on how all of that's been going.
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Misspeaking childcare: The Ford government's evidence vacuum 28.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Martha Friendly *This blog went to press as Premier Ford announced that he was reversing retroactive cuts to municipalities for childcare for 2019, but confirming that cuts in the future will continue. Ontario childcare developments in the last few months have been so alarming, chaotic, and ill-informed they truly make your head spin. The news headlines speak for themselves: "Doug Ford's Cuts Put Over 6,000 Subsidized Daycare Spaces at Risk -- Toronto," "Ontario Cancels $50M Fund That Helped Child-Care Centres Keep Parent Fees Down," "Ford Government's Childcare Rebate Will Fuel Poor Quality Care, Expert Says," "Ontario Government Loosens Childcare Rules, Raising Safety Concerns" and "Ontario Opens Door to More Public Funds for 'Big Box' Childcare." Adding to the migraine potential for parents who are merely hoping to find quality, affordable childcare for their kids, the Ford government has offered only bromides, misinformation or downright fibs in response to questions or objections. The assault on ...
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Energy equity: bringing solar power to low-income communities 23.5.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
From New York to California, states are adopting “community solar” programs that bring solar power and lower energy bills to low-income households.
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With no upfront costs, this innovative financing tool makes energy efficiency affordable to all 2.5.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
By rolling upgrade costs into monthly bills, utilities are helping customers save energy and money at the same time
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The age of anxietment: anxiety, excitement and opportunity (zones) 28.3.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
A new federal incentive with bipartisan support looks to innovative and sustainable development.
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The Michael Pollan lens on transportation 27.3.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Can healthy eating principles also foster a healthier transport evironment?
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Rachel Notley drops hint about affordable child-care plan, mocks recent UCP fumbles 25.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga It sure sounds as if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will announce an affordable child-care plan for Alberta today. At any rate, at a rally in downtown Edmonton's Polish Hall yesterday, she boldly told more than 1,000 enthusiastic supporters -- who sounded like an Oilers crowd back in the days this place was known as the City of Champions -- that if it's re-elected, her NDP government is flat-out going to fix the problem of unaffordable child care in Alberta. "Too many young families face sky-high costs for child care," she said, adding that "some reports say child care costs in Alberta are higher than anywhere in the country," rivalling mortgage payments and rent. "They stand as a major barrier to people buying their first home," she stated. They "keep too many young women out of the workforce." So, stand by, "we're going to fix this problem and make life a lot more affordable for young families." The United Conservative Party Opposition led by Jason Kenney, which we have been told ...
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Morneau, Tory promote business-friendly solutions to housing crisis 22.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Rosemary Frei What's the best way to combat the housing-affordability crisis in large cities across Canada? Build more housing and heavily subsidize the builders, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Toronto Mayor John Tory said in remarks to the business community on Wednesday. Notably, neither made mention of measures like rent control or reining in Airbnb to make more properties available for long-term rather than short-term rental. Nor did phrases such as "speculation tax" -- a taxation tool to discourage house flipping -- fall from their lips. Morneau said in a Q-and-A with Toronto Region Board of Trade president and CEO Janet De Silva that Tuesday's federal budget included a $10-billion funding round for rental construction across Canada and a $300-million Housing Supply Challenge for municipalities . "Because really the issue in a city like Toronto is very much about supply," Morneau told De Silva at the joint breakfast event for the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Canadian Club of Toronto and ...
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Fannie Mae's Chrissa Pagitsas on sustainability in financing to improve affordable housing 16.3.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Financing, utility relationships, transportation and community — this is why the biggest mortgage financer in the U.S. cares about sustainability.
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Here's the 101: How to create transit-oriented communities in Los Angeles 12.3.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Reframing the land use and transportation debate, L.A. is trying to make mobility about its people.
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Why the Green New Deal needs a grand strategy 11.2.2019 GreenBiz.com
America's new foray into sustainability could use some strategic thinking — and some historical context.
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Why this Colorado land developer is prioritizing zero energy homes 7.2.2019 GreenBiz.com
The incremental costs compared with traditional construction are shrinking.
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The hopes and fears of transportation 26.1.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Transit projects offer a plethora of benefits to communities — but also reveal deep-seated worries and anxieties.
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Svend Robinson returns to politics with plans to tackle climate change, housing affordability and Big Pharma 21.1.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Svend Robinson returns to politics with plans to tackle climate change, housing affordability and Big Pharma
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You say you want a revolution: How changing mobility will make new cities 13.11.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
As infrastructure weathers and tech disrupts traditional transportation, we need a transition.
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Transformational design for affordable housing 6.11.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
An exploration into the often hidden power of design within urban spaces — including examples from past, present and future projects. Discover instances in which the design process has taken a novel approach to already existing ideas (or typologies), and the result has had a larger impact on the triple bottom line (social, ecological, financial) than originally expected. When considering elements beyond purely aesthetic or utilitarian goals — and in some cases, open-sourcing the process — can end in expansive positive results. 
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