User: flenvcenter Topic: Shelter and Housing-Independent
Category: Affordable Housing
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California could have helped low-income residents weather PG&E blackouts 7.11.2019 High Country News Most Recent
The state had a program — and $72 million — but hardly anyone applied.
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California designated millions for disadvantaged communities to access solar batteries 7.11.2019 High Country News Most Recent
The problem is, not a single residential installation has taken place.
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How the cleanest U.S. cities are progressing toward zero carbon 23.10.2019 GreenBiz.com
This article originally appeared on MeetingoftheMinds.org.
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On the modernized, efficient and equitable electric grid 23.10.2019 GreenBiz.com
Innovative state-level policies can ensure safe and distributed energy for low- and moderate-income households.
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Which political party would do the most to tackle growing inequality? 18.10.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Karl Nerenberg The issue of wealth and income inequality has not been front and centre in the current election campaign.  There has been much talk about affordability, which means rather different things to different people. Some worry about whether or not they can afford a new car or a new smartphone. To others, affordability is more of a life and death affair. They can't afford a safe, clean, decent place to live.   Overall, the fact that wealth in Canada has become more and more concentrated in the hands of a very few , while incomes at the lower end of the scale have stagnated, has not elicited much interest from those charged with reporting on the 2019 campaign. There was not a single question on this issue in any of the televised debates.  NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh did try to put inequality on the agenda, and the Greens' Elizabeth May followed him. Coverage of their campaigns tended to focus elsewhere, however.  Journalists and pundits carried on about Singh's preternatural ability to connect with ...
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SNC-Lavalin scandal drowning out housing crisis concerns, Vancouver Granville candidates say 25.9.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Alex Cosh Believe it or not, some candidates running in Vancouver Granville in this year's federal election wish the media would pay closer attention to the city's housing affordability crisis rather than the political drama following the SNC-Lavalin scandal. The NDP's candidate, Yvonne Hanson, believes the focus on incumbent Jody Wilson-Raybould's ejection from the Liberal caucus earlier this year -- after the former cabinet minister refused to halt corruption charges against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin -- is drowning out the concerns of ordinary voters in the riding. "The media is absolutely, completely distracted," Hanson told rabble.ca. "The average person I talk to doesn't really care about the political drama." Perhaps less surprisingly -- since his party was at the centre of the scandal -- the Liberal party's candidate Taleeb Noormohamed, agrees. "One of the tragedies of all this is the titillating stories from the media have taken away from the issues that really matter in this riding," he ...
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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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