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'You're never alone': Russia celebrates its communal flats

Sanktpeterburg - A leftover from the Soviet era, the communal flat or "kommunalka" with bathroom and kitchen shared by a dozen or so residents is very much alive in Russia's historic city of Saint Petersburg.

Last Rio Olympic site dwellers dreams of staying

Rio De Janeiro - Marcia Lemos's address is still 68 de la Avenida Autodromo, but not for long: the final resident of a neighborhood razed to make way for Rio's Olympic Park knows the bulldozers are coming.

Venezuela low-income housing residents dream of owning

Caracas - Lisbeth Alcala doesn't have a piece of paper to show she owns her home in Caribia Socialist City, a housing project that quite literally bears the sprawling signature of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Heartbreak as historic Hong Kong village demolished

Hong Kong - A 650-year-old urban walled village in Hong Kong -- the last of its kind -- will be destroyed to make way for development in what critics say is another nail in the coffin for the city's cultural heritage.

People who live in penthouses at heart attack risk

Toronto - It may be a symbol of aspiration, but there is a downside. People living in penthouses are more likely to die of a heart attack, at least according to new research.

Italy squatters plea for stop to evictions for pope's 'Year of Mercy'

Rome - Italian police clashed with squatters in central Rome Tuesday during a housing rights demonstration, with protesters saying evictions should be put on hold during Pope Francis's "Year of Mercy".

Sweden could take in more migrants: Official

Stockholm - Sweden could accept greater numbers of migrants if they were distributed more evenly across the country, a government official said Sunday.

Op-Ed: High Density housing issue has neighborhood talking Special

San Francisco - The subject of high density housing in the Sunset took center stage at the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People this past summer.

Homeless crisis in L.A. — City will declare state of emergency

Los Angeles - On Tuesday, after acknowledging their failure in stemming the surge of homelessness in the city, municipal officials in Los Angeles, California took the drastic step of announcing they were declaring a "state of emergency."

Empty Cairo homes beyond reach of Egypt's poor

Cairo - Ahmed and Mohamed are both married with children but still live with their mother, unable to afford one of the hundreds of thousands of homes sitting empty in Egypt's capital.

Homes razed in DR Congo's border zone with Rwanda

Goma - Bulldozers, homes in ruins, anger: after years of war the people of Goma in eastern DR Congo now are bearing the brunt of moves to clear a neutral zone on the border with Rwanda to prevent further conflict.

Spain's top court overturns regional anti-eviction law

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court on Tuesday struck down a regional law which blocked banks from repossessing homes from the most needy families for up to three years.

Micro-apartments: A new concept in New York

New York - New York, a city of exorbitant rents with more and more single residents, is about to get a brand new type of apartment: micro-units, for decades prohibited under zoning regulations.

West Bank village challenges Israel's iron grip on planning

Palestinian - It was a large house with three floors and freshly painted pale blue shutters that had just been built for a family of 17.But within a few hours of work by a pair of Israeli bulldozers, all that was left was a mountain of rubble and twisted metal.

Mental Health Commission of Canada gets 10 more years

Toronto - The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has had its mandate renewed by the Federal Government. The organization has outlined its plans for the future.

Brazil police clash with evicted squatters in central Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Police clashed with illegal squatters at an abandoned building in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday, using pepper spray and arresting several people as some of the 300 occupants refused to leave the property.

London needs 67 'garden cities' to solve its housing problem

London - The Future Spaces Foundation (FSF) has just published a report on the potential that "garden cities" might have in fighting the current shortage of houses in Britain.

Housing is a right: Edmonton rally Special

The Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH) organized a rally on November 21 to proclaim housing as a right.

Londoners fear house prices will force them out of the capital

London - According to the Chartered Institute of Housing, 34 percent of people living in Greater London agreed that they might have to leave their local area in the future because of the high cost of housing.

Metro Detroit real estate prices surge as many residents move to suburbs Commissioned

Detroit - The city of Detroit, Michigan, and its nearby and even far-flung suburbs share a unique real estate relationship. For many years, there has been a tremendous give-and-take relationship between the city and suburbs.

Boris Johnson at heart of London affordable housing controversy

In a move that is already creating controversy, London mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans for affordable flats in central London that stretches the definition of affordable.

Construction spending down in June, but better than last year

In June, construction spending in the U.S. had its largest decrease in over three years, affecting the government, housing and non-housing sectors.

Police arrest 21 in Hong Kong new town protest

Hong Kong - Police used pepper spray to scatter protesters at Hong Kong's government headquarters in an angry rally against plans for a new town development, with 21 arrested, officials said on Saturday.

Homeless memorial honours lives lost in Edmonton Special

Edmonton - An estimated forty men and women died in Edmonton in 2013 as a direct or indirect result of not having adequate shelter.

Jewel asks Americans why housing matters to inspire her new song

Grammy-nominated star Jewel is taking time from recording her next album to write a special song about the true meaning of home.

Clashes at mass eviction in Rome as crisis bites

Rome - Riot police dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid violent clashes on Wednesday -- the latest in a rising tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by the economic crisis.

U.S. housing effort in Haiti falls short

Washington - A U.S. project to provide badly-needed housing for hundreds of thousands of Haitians left homeless by a 2010 earthquake has failed to live up to its promise and went over budget, a government audit said Tuesday.

Activists block entrances to branches of Spanish bank

Barcelona - Anti-eviction activists blocked Wednesday the entrance to 12 branches of Spain's Banco Popular bank, which they accuse of not doing enough to prevent struggling mortgage holders from losing their homes.

NYC mayor shifts from pre-k funding to affordable housing

New York - A sweeping liberal agenda tops Mayor Bill de Blasio’s task list following consensus and closure on the budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City.

Paris man awarded 12,000 euros for renting 'broom closet'

Paris - A Paris court on Monday ordered nearly 12,000 euros ($16,500) in compensation to be paid to a man who rented a "broom closet" for 15 years.The court in Paris's 11th district said the owner of the tiny flat and its property manager had violated city byl...
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