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Conserving Forests and Preserving Housing Affordability

This paper explores and contributes to scholarship on the escalating related concerns of environmental conservation and housing affordability. Situated within contemporary approaches to environmental governance, it explores the use of forest management incentives in southern Ontario to analyze their particular spatial intersection with socio-economic variables and land use change dynamics.

The Rent Eats First: Rental Housing Unaffordability in the US

This paper examines the housing affordability crisis using a residual income approach to identify renter households whose housing expenses are too high and who lack the income to enable them to meet a basic but comfortable standard of living. The findings reveal both the challenges of high housing costs and insufficient incomes that keep many American households from meeting their basic needs.

For Older Adults in Publicly Funded Housing During the Pandemic, Service Coordinators Help Build Resilience

During the COVID-19 pandemic, service coordinators played a pivotal role in the support of older adult residents of publicly funded housing properties. Some independent housing operators employ service coordinators to increase residents’ self-sufficiency, physical security, social connections, and the delivery of long-term community-based supportive services. This report presents results from a survey conducted between June 23 and July 17, 2020 to explore the experiences of these service coordinators during the early months of COVID-19.


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