Cooperative and Nonprofit Housing in Winnipeg: Toward a Re-Engagement of the Provision Infrastructure

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Introduction In this short essay, the author will review and critique "Cooperative and Nonprofit Housing in Winnipeg: Toward a Re-engagement of the Provision Infrastructure" by Ian Skelton that was published in the Canadian Journal of Urban Research in December of 2000. We will see why public and private charitable low-cost housing initiatives can learn from Winnepeg how to apply private market incentives to solving the problem of low-cost housing nationwide in Canada. Review and Critique The Skelton article reviews the organisation of low-cost housing provisions in Canada, while focusing upon the national cooperative and nonprofit housing programs that developed over approximately two decades from the early 1970s. It discusses the issues of infrastructure for the provision of public housing that was left in place in the aftermath of the programs and then reviews more recent methods of analysis of the organisational forms that public housing has developed into while searching for possible alternative strategies to keep the housing going. This is followed up a study of public housing organisations in Winnipeg that implies that suggests that unlike what has happened in a number of other Canadian cities, an elaborate alternative network did not emerge around public housing issues and public housing policy to explain this. While this did not happen in Winnepeg, this may be because the funding for nonprofit housing was concentrated in a handful of transitory

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