A woman holds a photo of her best friend, who died of a drug overdose in January 2017, before a march to draw attention to the opioid overdose epidemic, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C.
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Catastrophic increases in opioid overdose deaths across Canada require a broad response -- tackling housing, food and income insecurity as well as the contaminated drug supply.
Only the national government can solve the housing crisis – but local authorities can make a big difference in their communities.
The homeless camp in Martin Place, Sydney, is an uncomfortable reminder of a deeper systemic crisis.
The Martin Place camp and others like it should make us uncomfortable. We live in a system that creates and tolerates homelessness.
Treasurer Scott Morrison called a press conference this week to comment on March-quarter GDP figures.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says Australia will "grow into growth". Global economic conditions suggest otherwise.
Are the millennials doomed to be nomads, locked out of the home-ownership market forever?
Owning a home has deep cultural and economic connotations. A home owner is a member of a street, a community. They are a successful adult human. They own a piece of the pie, the dream.
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Former government minister vying to be the first elected mayor of Manchester speaks to Philip Brown.
Treasurer Scott Morrison is eyeing bond aggregation as a way to finance social housing, but government funding is still needed under that model.
In the second part of our review of what The Conversation experts have to say about housing, we focus on affordability, social housing and what government can do about a growing crisis.
The Turnbull government’s line that supply is the key to affordability finds little support among housing experts.
Housing experts writing for The Conversation largely agree on the government policies that are causing negative distortions in the market and the wider economy. And supply is not the key concern.
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The symptoms are clear, but the cure will remain elusive until we recognise the many sources of the problem.
Scott Morrison has recently broadened the range of affordable housing policy options he’s considering, and moving beyond simplistic supply-side solutions would be a positive development.
The housing supply solution our leaders are advocating will only work if affordability is simply a problem of supply. In fact, Australia is almost a world leader in rates of new housing production.
The homeless people evicted from Flinders Street in Melbourne’s CBD are only the tip of the iceberg of the housing crisis in Victoria.
Weak state policies, which lack clear targets and mechanisms for providing more and better affordable housing, are part of the problem. Victoria still doesn't have an affordable housing strategy.
It's not in developers' interests to flood the market with new housing – so will the government step in?
Good investment? What do your friends think?
Research suggests how your online friends experienced the housing collapse affected how you perceived your local real estate market.
Local residents walk past a collapsed building in Huruma, Nairobi. Many of the city’s current problems emerged at its birth as a colonial town.
Building better, inclusive cities involves enabling the wise use of public land and taxes to ensure that high-quality housing and amenities are provided for all at a lower cost.
What happens when you find yourself homeless in the countryside?
A key problem with working out the impacts of negative gearing is that we don’t know exactly which properties it affects or the status of their tenants.
What if there was a middle option between retention and abolition that made negative gearing work better? There are multiple ways to improve accountability for this $8 billion-a-year tax concession.
Subprime loans could ease not only the housing affordability crisis but rising homelessness as well.
The Hollywood flick recalls subprime's role in the 2008 financial crisis, but, by helping more low-income households buy a home, the loans can help ease the affordability crisis and homelessness.
It's worth preserving Britain's brutalist buildings for two key reasons: heritage, and money.
Boston has some of the highest rents – and lowest vacancy rates – in the country.
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In a competitive rental market, landlords can easily skirt anti-discrimination laws.
Perhaps the “art” label designates Assemble and the Granby project as outsiders, unique, creating something that can't be replicated.