The Wrap Vol 2, #19 — Making Sense of Affordable Housing

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Source: Rentals.ca
The GO Train In Winter — Slightly South of the North Pole
GO Train — The Commute from the Burbs to Toronto Photo by John McArthur on Unsplash

Causes of Homelessness

The Wheel of Misfortune — It’s Complicated not Immigration or laziness — Source: City of Calgary

The Great

1. Shades of the movie Cocoon. Elders create coops to buy their future and dignity. “Resident Owned Communities, (ROC-USA), a nationally active non-profit organization from New Hampshire, is actively working with the residents to help them buy The Woods. ROC-USA is teamed with California Cooperative Community Development (CCCD), which brings state affordable housing funding to the table. If successful this would be the first time ROC-USA has managed to pull off a deal in California. Nationally, ROC-USA has helped 270 mobile home communities buy their own parks, said Mike Bullard, spokesman for ROC-USA. Bullard says that ROC-USA has a strong record of helping to arrange financing for residents to buy their own park and keep rents down. Rents drop to market rate or below within five years when ROC-USA helps, said Bullard”

The Good

1.Think Different. Unfolding the housing problem. Boxable, mixes origami and IKEA at a home size scale and can flat pack it and ship it around the world. It takes a couple of days to set it up for living assuming you have a concrete pad poured and there is a crane available at the site of your choice. This of course assumes that there is a zoning allowance for this kind of innovation.

The Bad

1.Open the Pod Bay dorms Hal. Rent in the Bay Area is unaffordable for many people, especially if they’re starting a new job or working as an intern. A new concept — sleeping in small, individual pods in a shared house — is being tried in Silicon Valley. The rent for a three-bedroom, two-bath house like this in Palo Alto could easily run from $6,000 to $8,000. The residents are paying $800 per month. While they share the kitchen and other spaces, the 14 residents sleep in pods a bit larger than a twin bed.

The Ugly

1.As of January 2020, New York had an estimated 91,271 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that Total, 15,151 were family households, 1,251 were Veterans, 3,072 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18–24), and 7,515 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. Public school data reported to the U.S. Department of Education during the 2018–2019 school year shows that an estimated 148,485 public school students experienced homelessness over the course of the year. Of that total, 5,460 students were unsheltered, 40,822 were in shelters, 2,989 were inhotels/motels, and 99,034 were doubled up.

The Uncertain

1.Canada’s New Homeless Strategy: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness across Canada. This program provides funding to urban, Indigenous, rural and remote communities to help them address their local homelessness needs. “Reaching Home” supports the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by fiscal year 2027 to 2028. Homelessness has an impact on every community in Canada. It affects individuals, families, women fleeing violence, youth, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. In 2016, an estimated 129,000 people experienced homelessness at an emergency shelter. This is why we have committed $2.2 billion to tackle homelessness across the country. Source: Government of Canada.

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Tapestry — Not just the rug in your den

Charts of the Week

Monthly Average Rents

Flirt with a yurt?

Is it time to change our housing approach to something more portable? Considering the advances in carbon fibre fabrics they make sail racing sails from and low-cost efficient solar, this is becoming more realizable. Not just for Glampers anymore.

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The Degrees of Homelessness — not all homelessness is the same

Souirce: City of Calgary

The UN does not have a declaration for a right to adequate housing

The section 26, chapter Two of the South African constitution establishes that ‘’everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing’’ and it is the task of the Department of Human Settlement to implement this mandate. In the United States, most of her jurisdictions have no right to shelter except in Massachusetts where just families have right to shelter. The 1999 constitution of Nigeria recognized the right to housing specifically in section 43 which states: ‘’every citizen of Nigeria shall have the right to acquire and own immovable property anywhere in Nigeria’’.[3]

Lexicon — Word of the Week:

Homeless Streaming on Netflix:

Lead Me Home — Documentary

Meme of the Week:

Home of the Week

Toronto, Canada, High Park — $3,399,000 3,600 Sq Ft. 6 Bed Rooms. Taxes $10,000

Source — Globe And Mail

The Discussion, Debate and Take your shoes off:

Join us on Clubhouse this Sunday the 22th, May, 2022 at 8am PST | 11am EST | 3pm GMT| 5pm SAST to make sense of it all, have your say and engage with your favourite Grey Swan Guild Wrap Editors: Doyle Buehler, Sylvia Gallusser, Sean Moffitt, Agustín Borrazás, Rob Tyrie, Ben Thurman, Antonia Nicols Esmee Wilcox, Louise Mowbray, Geeta Dhir, Gina Clifford, Su McVey with Clubhouse Captains Howard Fields, Scott Phares and Lindsay Fraser.

What’s Next:

Next week’s wrap edition Vol 2: Edition 20, May 29, 2022 is on ….. T+B+D.

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