Issues We Face

RESEARCH | Lessons from Germany’s Shared Housing Models: Expanding Ownership Opportunities and Improving the Built Environment

November 16, 2018

In Germany’s project-based housing cooperatives, not all projects are created with affordability as the main objective. They often provide societal benefits by offering multigenerational living (in which older residents age in place with younger residents), mixed-functional living quarters (in which people with disabilities can live independently and in an integrated setting), alternative to shelter for … Read More

RESEARCH | Canada’s Core Public Infrastructure Survey

November 12, 2018

Newly released data on publicly-owned social and affordable housing shows that nearly all (93.2%) social and affordable housing structures were built prior to 2000. Almost a third of public housing is in buildings that are in poor or very poor condition. This means there is widespread, advanced deterioration that may render some assets unusable, or … Read More

RESEARCH | Can the design of affordable housing promote exercise?

November 5, 2018

To encourage architects and planners to design built environments that promote physical activity, New York City offers an “active design” building incentive within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Active design interventions provide an easy way for residents to increase their activity and meet these goals. This study analyzed the impact of … Read More

RESEARCH | Gentrification: A Timeline

October 23, 2018

The term “gentrification” turned 50 in 2014, when Next City first created this timeline. Originally coined to describe organic population shifts witnessed in London’s inner neighborhoods, “gentrification” has come to encapsulate cultural trends, economic cycles and discrete public policies. Since this timeline was first published, communities have wielded new tools and strategies in response to … Read More

RESEARCH | Financing, Land and Organizational Capacity: Affordable Housing Development

October 23, 2018

Executing affordable housing is contingent on three pillars: money to finance land to build organizational capacity to action. This paper expands on the workshop session Financing, Land and Organizational Capacity: Affordable Housing Development that took place in Ottawa, on April 26, 2018 at the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s annual Congress on Housing and Homelessness.

RESEARCH | Income support in relation to housing in Canada and selected other countries

October 19, 2018

The purpose of this study was to better understand the characteristics of income support programs (social assistance) and shelter or housing benefits and the ways they are delivered in Canada and selected OECD countries. The six countries reviewed were: Australia Finland Ireland the Netherlands the United Kingdom the United States (New York State).

RESEARCH | How life goals differ between men and women in Supportive Housing

October 15, 2018

Men and women become and stay homeless for different reasons, but little research has examined how the gender identity of adults experiencing homelessness influences their goals. This study explored the life goals reported by homeless adults entering permanent supportive housing and how the goals differ by gender. Key findings 22% of women exiting homelessness reported … Read More

RESEARCH | How does gentrification affect homeowners and renters differently?

September 28, 2018

  Gentrification directly displaces renters, but homeowners do not face a heightened displacement risk in gentrifying areas, according to a study by Isaac William Martin and Kevin Beck. The study tested a prominent theory about rising property taxes leading to homeowner displacement in gentrifying areas and whether policies that limit property tax increases offer displacement … Read More

RESEARCH | 2018 Affordable Housing Budget expenditure highlights in Canada

September 28, 2018

Canada has seen significant change and investment in social, non-profit, and affordable housing across jurisdictions in 2018. This new CHRA report provides a snapshot of budgetary and related housing policy developments, including commitments made by provinces and territories in their 2018-2019 budgets and related housing announcements. Where possible, the report offers a glimpse into anticipated … Read More

RESEARCH | Elevating the role of architects as advocates for equitable housing

September 25, 2018

In the early 2000s, urbanist Karen Kubey began thinking about harnessing architecture for social equity. In ensuing years, as the world moved toward urbanization and a global housing crisis has emerged, she witnessed a change. “I’m interested in how some of that thinking has become a part of the way major firms are working and … Read More