Affordable housing http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/32840/all en Obama administration warns cuts would hurt housing, Sandy relief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/obama-administration-warns-cuts-would-hurt-housing-sandy-relief <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday warned that deep government spending cuts set to go into effect next month would have harsh consequences for housing programs and could threaten Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts in the U.S. Northeast.</p> <p>Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan urged lawmakers to agree on a plan to stave off the $85 billion in automatic across-the-board cuts, known as "sequestration," set to begin on March 1.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/obama-administration-warns-cuts-would-hurt-housing-sandy-relief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Business Entertainment Environment Health Labor Law Politics Shaun Donovan Shaun Donovan Technology United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:57:43 +0000 5755474 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. Housing Dept. plans 7-day shut down due to sequester cuts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/us-housing-dept-plans-7-day-shut-down-due-sequester-cuts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday said it plans to shut its doors for a total of seven days between May and September due to budget cuts and will furlough more than 9,000 employees on those days.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/us-housing-dept-plans-7-day-shut-down-due-sequester-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Business Furlough Labor Law Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:15:22 +0000 5780044 at http://www.globalpost.com Families occupy unfinished homes in Spain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130618/families-occupy-unfinished-homes-spain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The washbasin in Juana Alonso's bathroom is brand new, but no water comes out of the tap. No bulbs hang from the light fittings. </p> <p>The house is unfinished; no one was meant to be moving in -- but Juana couldn't wait.</p> <p>Along with dozens of neighbours, desperate victims of Spain's recession brought on by the collapse of the housing boom, she has moved into an abandoned building project on the outskirts of her town, Bollullos Par Del Condado, in sweltering southern Andalucia.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130618/families-occupy-unfinished-homes-spain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Business DIY culture Juana Alonso Poverty War AFP Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:00:53 +0000 5859551 at http://www.globalpost.com Britain's Osborne plans three billion sterling boost for affordable housing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/britains-osborne-plans-three-billion-sterling-boost-affordable- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will invest an additional 3 billion pounds ($4.62 billion) in affordable housing in 2015, finance minister George Osborne said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Rapid house price inflation over the past two decades has made it hard for young people to get on the housing ladder, and a lack of local authority homes has led to long waiting lists.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/britains-osborne-plans-three-billion-sterling-boost-affordable-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Business Thomson Reuters Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:32:06 +0000 5868016 at http://www.globalpost.com Britain's Osborne plans three billion sterling boost for affordable housing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/britains-osborne-plans-three-billion-sterling-boost-affordabl-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will invest an additional 3 billion pounds ($4.62 billion) in affordable housing in 2015, finance minister George Osborne said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Rapid house price inflation over the past two decades has made it hard for young people to get on the housing ladder, and a lack of local authority homes has led to long waiting lists.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/britains-osborne-plans-three-billion-sterling-boost-affordabl-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Business Thomson Reuters Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:02:35 +0000 5868145 at http://www.globalpost.com $1 bn stolen in China low-cost housing programme http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130809/1-bn-stolen-china-low-cost-housing-programme <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>China's affordable housing programme lost nearly $1 billion to embezzlement last year, the national auditor reported on Friday, underscoring the obstacles to official efforts to fight graft.</p> <p>About 5.8 billion yuan ($950 million) went towards "loan repayment, foreign investment, land requisition and house demolitions, office cash flow and other expenses not related to affordable-housing projects", the National Audit Office said on its website.</p> <p>A total of 360 projects or organisations "embezzled" the funds, it said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130809/1-bn-stolen-china-low-cost-housing-programme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Housing Public housing Technology AFP Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:46:13 +0000 5906087 at http://www.globalpost.com In New York, the rent doesn't have to be β€˜too damn high' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130823/new-york-the-rent-doesnt-have-be-too-damn-high <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Reihan Salam</p> <p>The house in which I grew up was built in 1913. It was part of a building boom in New York City's outer boroughs fueled by the rising incomes, and rising aspirations, of erstwhile tenement-dwellers. As jam-packed Manhattan neighborhoods like the Lower East Side emptied out, once-bucolic stretches of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx were transformed with dizzying speed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130823/new-york-the-rent-doesnt-have-be-too-damn-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Business Human geography Law Technology Zoning Thomson Reuters Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:46:33 +0000 5916278 at http://www.globalpost.com UN housing envoy condemns Britain's 'bedroom tax' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/un-housing-envoy-condemns-britains-bedroom-tax <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United Nations' special rapporteur on housing called Wednesday for Britain to scrap its so-called "bedroom tax" because of its "shocking" impact on the poor and vulnerable, sparking an angry response from the government.</p> <p>Raquel Rolnik said Britain needed to re-assess the human rights impact of the policy, which since April has resulted in welfare payment cuts for some 660,000 public housing tenants who are deemed to have a spare bedroom.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/un-housing-envoy-condemns-britains-bedroom-tax" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Ethics Human rights AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:47:42 +0000 5930865 at http://www.globalpost.com Real estate prices on the Rock soar, income gaps widen in oil-rich St. John's http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130911/real-estate-prices-the-rock-soar-income-gaps-widen-oil-rich- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Offshore oil and major construction projects have sparked an economic boom in St. John's and other parts of Newfoundland and Labrador that has never been seen here before.</p> <p>Housing prices have soared, wages are up, unemployment is down and restaurants and bars are among the country's busiest. Once considered a fiscal basket case, the province leads economic growth forecasts this year as investors flock to the Rock.</p> <p>"It has a lot to do with the oil boom, which is continuing," said Al Stacey, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Realtors.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130911/real-estate-prices-the-rock-soar-income-gaps-widen-oil-rich-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing British North America Business Newfoundland and Labrador Social Issues Technology The Canadian Press Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:46:30 +0000 5930929 at http://www.globalpost.com Feds: Broke Detroit is 'exceptional circumstance,' offer $100M to fight blight, bolster police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130927/feds-direct-100m-grants-help-broke-detroit-tear-down-vacant- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DETROIT - Obama administration officials said Friday that they are sending someone to Detroit to oversee a federal effort that includes millions of dollars in grants to help fix the beleaguered city β€” a situation one adviser described as "an exceptional circumstance."</p> <p>Don Graves will co-ordinate the public and private money going to hire more police and firefighters and clear out blighted neighbourhoods, among other things, officials said. Graves, a Treasury Department official, serves as executive director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130927/feds-direct-100m-grants-help-broke-detroit-tear-down-vacant-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Business Environment Geography of Michigan Health Politics Technology United States The Canadian Press Fri, 27 Sep 2013 04:18:49 +0000 5946117 at http://www.globalpost.com Shanghai to increase supply of affordable housing after home price rises http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131027/shanghai-increase-supply-affordable-housing-after-home-price-ri <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai will increase the supply of affordable housing following home price rises in September, Vice Mayor Yang Xiong said on Sunday.</p> <p>Yang also told a press conference in Shanghai that the city would crack down on illegal activities in the real estate market, without giving details.</p> <p>(Reporting by Pete Sweeney; Writing by Samuel Shen; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Affordable housing Business Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:16:48 +0000 5972043 at http://www.globalpost.com China to boost availability of affordable homes: president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131030/china-boost-availability-affordable-homes-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING (Reuters) - China will increase the supply of land for homes and spend more on affordable housing projects, President Xi Jinping said in remarks reported on Wednesday, as the government steps up efforts to stabilize a red-hot property market.</p> <p>New home prices rose the most in nearly three years in September, adding to the risk of a property bubble in the world's second-largest economy. Authorities are also concerned about social stability as more people are priced out of the market.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131030/china-boost-availability-affordable-homes-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Economics Real estate Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:18:40 +0000 5975071 at http://www.globalpost.com Report says Manitoba has second-highest rate of food bank usage among provinces http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131105/report-says-manitoba-has-second-highest-rate-food-bank-usage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WINNIPEG - Manitoba has the second-highest rate of food bank usage among the provinces and has seen the sharpest increase since 2008, says a report released Tuesday by a non-profit group representing Canada's food banks.</p> <p>The report from Food Banks Canada says just over 4.7 per cent of Manitobans use food banks β€” second only to the 5.1 per cent counted in Newfoundland and Labrador. Forty-five per cent of Manitoba food bank users are children β€” a higher rate than any other province.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131105/report-says-manitoba-has-second-highest-rate-food-bank-usage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing food Food Banks Canada Manitoba The Canadian Press Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:01:39 +0000 5980875 at http://www.globalpost.com Social housing protesters set up camp in front of Harper's office http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131127/social-housing-protesters-set-camp-front-harpers-office <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - A group of protesters pushing for more social housing in Canada set up camp today in front of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.</p> <p>The protesters pitched several red tents outside the Langevin building, across from Parliament Hill, to illustrate the urgency of the country's affordable housing shortage and the plight of the homeless.</p> <p>Spokesman Francois Saillant urged Harper "not to sacrifice contributions to social housing" by ending long-term federal subsidies that currently fund 600,000 social housing units across the country.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131127/social-housing-protesters-set-camp-front-harpers-office" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Community organizing Housing The Canadian Press Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:17:19 +0000 6002150 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama administration says housing finance reform to advance in Senate soon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140212/obama-administration-says-housing-finance-reform-advance-senate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Margaret Chadbourn</p> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Banking Committee is expected to move forward within "the next few weeks" with bipartisan plans for overhauling the mortgage finance system, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said on Wednesday.</p> <p>"We'll have a bipartisan product relatively soon," Donovan said at a forum sponsored by Politico in Washington. "There is a way to find a compromise."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140212/obama-administration-says-housing-finance-reform-advance-senate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable housing Economy of the United States Mortgage industry of the United States Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:34:23 +0000 6068473 at http://www.globalpost.com