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As a polygamist community crumbles, 'sister wives' are forced from homes

With the outside world descending on fundamentalist Mormons in Utah and Arizona, families struggle for basic needs: ‘Everything just shut down’

In an isolated, rural community in a far southern corner of Utah, oversized houses stand testament to a fundamentalist Mormon sect whose followers believe that plural marriage, as they call polygamy, can lead to eternal salvation.

Amid a dramatic landscape of copper-red mountains and achingly blue skies, women wear modest, ankle-skimming dresses and keep their hair long so they can anoint and wash their men’s feet with their locks in the afterlife. A dozen “sister wives” might be married to a single man, and they all raise their children by him together. Their life in the hardscrabble region, where unpaved roads predominate, has always been half a century behind the rest of the US.

Related: ‘It’s a revolution’: polygamist sect loses power over Utah town for first time

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

Ageing homeless population set to soar as property prices bite

Mission Australia calls for 60,000 additional social housing dwellings to be built for older people

Not long ago, Henry Wilson, 73, could count his worldly possessions on both hands.

He was sleeping rough at Sydney’s Central Station. With him, he had just a sleeping bag, shoes, joggers, socks, pants and a jacket.

Related: Crisis measures won’t solve homelessness, Australian governments warned

Related: ‘These are people’s homes’: the art project making public housing in Sydney’s Waterloo glow

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The killer on Britain’s streets – super-strength alcohol

Budget needs to help tackle death toll of country’s rough sleepers, say experts

Lee, Martin and Zac are discussing the geography of super-strength alcohol, in a hostel for the homeless in Vauxhall, south London.

“The strongest they sell around here now is Stella Artois,” says Martin, nodding out of the window in the direction of Vauxhall station and the skyscrapers springing up around the headquarters of MI6. Britain’s spies may not be familiar with where they can get the next hit of super-strength cider or lager, but for many homeless people it’s important knowledge – even more so since local shops stopped selling the drinks, which typically have alcohol in excess of 7.5%, as a public order measure. Too many hostel residents were ending up unconscious on the surrounding pavements.

Related: How spice, ‘the zombie drug’, is devastating communities

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

Hyderabad police round up homeless people before Ivanka Trump visit

Indian city introduces ban on begging in run-up to business summit featuring daughter of US president Donald Trump

Police in Hyderabad have banned begging and started rounding up homeless people before the start of a business summit featuring Ivanka Trump.

Nearly 400 people in the southern Indian city were detained by police on Wednesday and lodged in a rehabilitation facility at Chanchalguda jail, according to the Indian Express.

Related: ‘Half my lung cancer patients are non-smokers’: toxic air crisis chokes Delhi

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

Universal credit: the homeless charity that could lose a third of its income

Residents at Emmaus Greenwich face a stark choice under changes to the benefits system: lose money or lose the chance to work for the charity that supports them

The 30 people who live in the homeless shelter run by the Emmaus Greenwich receive food, shelter, training and rehabilitation, and are offered weekly counselling. But financial uncertainty over universal credit could see an end to all of this.

The charity, one of 29 Emmaus communities in the UK, makes two thirds of its income through its shops and by selling upcycled furniture. This is made possible by the residents, known to the charity as companions, who work as close to 40 hours a week as they can for Emmaus.

Related: Revealed: universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

We’ll have to work much harder to make money from our trading business … we should be helping the most needy

Related: Backbench Tories hint at significant universal credit climbdown

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Big Issue seller always with 'book on the go' wins place at Cambridge

Lifelong reading passion leads to Hughes Hall course for Geoff Edwards, 52, who endured jobless spells and lived on streets

A former homeless man who spent years selling the Big Issue on the streets of Cambridge has won a place to study English literature at the city’s world-renowned university.

Geoff Edwards, 52, who left school with two O-levels and few ambitions, has begun his studies at Hughes Hall, Cambridge.

Related: Seven years have changed nothing at Oxbridge. In fact, diversity is even worse | David Lammy

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Shocking homeless figures show toxic mix cuts and lack of home building | Polly Neate

More people are now homeless in Britain than the population of Newcastle. They need support, but also action to reverse this housing crisis

  • Polly Neate is chief executive of Shelter

Imagine living with your partner in a cramped space, a mere 12 foot by seven foot, with just enough room for the door to open. Add to this a baby, two primary school aged children and two teenagers.

Related: One in every 200 people in UK are homeless, according to Shelter

Related: We had dealt with homelessness. Why has it now returned? | Lynsey Hanley

Consecutive governments have failed dismally to build nearly enough homes that people can genuinely afford

Related: The rent gap: what is the local housing allowance?

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One in every 200 people in UK are homeless, according to Shelter

Charity used official government and FoI data to estimate 307,000 people sleeping rough or living in inadequate housing

More than 300,000 people in Britain – equivalent to one in every 200 – are officially recorded as homeless or living in inadequate homes, according to figures released by the charity Shelter.

Using official government data and freedom of information returns from local authorities, it estimates that 307,000 people are sleeping rough, or accommodated in temporary housing, bed and breakfast rooms, or hostels – an increase of 13,000 over the past year.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness