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Housing, or more generally living spaces, refers to the construction and assigned usage of houses or buildings collectively, for the purpose of sheltering people — the planning or provision delivered by an authority, with related meanings. The social issue is of ensuring that members of society have a home in which to live, whether this is a house, or some other kind of dwelling, lodging, or shelter. Many governments have one or more housing authorities, sometimes also called a housing ministry, or housing department.

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The iconic Habitat 67 in Montreal was an attempt to create affordable housing which failed largely because high market demand made the units too expensive for many tenants. The concentration of employment in Canada's largest cities and a trend towards urbanization continues to put pressure on housing affordability in the country.

Affordability of housing in Canada presents a complex paradox. By 2004, 1.7 million Canadians had housing affordability issues, yet Canada is considered to be among the more affordable places to live, using market-oriented analyses of affordability such as those provided by the Royal Bank of Canada. Canadian government public policies intervene when affordability of housing is stressed to the point home ownership becomes inaccessible even to individuals with full-time employment. The continuum of affordable housing in Canada includes market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), non-market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), government-subsidized housing (emergency shelters, transitional housing and social housing). Measuring affordability of housing is complicated by Canada's vast physical and human geography which includes remote northern communities and affluent urban regions. Housing prices and construction costs have risen dramatically in Canada as they have elsewhere in the world. Income levels in the upper quintile have increased exponentially while those in lower quintiles have remained stagnant. The rising inequality gap presents a significant challenge for Canadian households who are "priced out" of rental and ownership housing markets. Read more...

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...that residents and preservationists have fought to save the Julia C. Lathrop Homes from demolition by the Chicago Housing Authority?
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