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How Sydney's overheated housing market keeps young people on the streets

Runaway house prices are the talk of city dinner parties. But they also make it harder for young people to move out of homeless services into private accommodation, and prevent others from even getting into refuges

Jack isn’t much interested in Sydney’s soaring house prices. The 16-year-old, one month into his latest stint in a homeless refuge, started Tafe this week, studying music. He’s more occupied with starting his own rap label. That, and moving up the ladder of the New South Wales homelessness system.

The bargain is simple: gather the necessary life skills – not having to be told “to wake up, to look after yourself, to do your chores”, Jack says – and you advance.

There’s just not enough housing for people who go into the homeless system to get out, and into independence

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Rootless and ruled by the landlord class – the future for young adults

The disappearance of home ownership and secure employment will have a profound effect on UK cities

As home ownership becomes a vanishing rarity among under 35s, the face of our cities will change. The result will be an ever more peripatetic, mobile and insecure young adult population – compelled to move home more regularly, at the whims of an increasingly muscular landlord class, to areas that are cheaper and less well connected.

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Related: Never mind the hipsters. It’s the property developers who are ruining our cities | Dan Hancox

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Homme Less review – homelessness under the spotlight

A revealing documentary about former fashion model Mark Reay looks beyond the stereotypes attached to the homeless

The unlikely subject of Homme Less is well aware of how to work with the camera, but for the first time, former model Mark Reay is opening up about a side of himself he’s kept hidden from the spotlight. Despite a glamorous life on and off the catwalk, Reay is essentially homeless but still effortlessly pretending he isn’t. He’s handsome, well dressed and charming, always pushing forward with bit work here and there, as a movie extra and a street-style photographer, while living on the roof of a New York apartment building. He’s an entertaining figure and the film successfully breaks through his “man about town” shtick to reveal his vulnerable side, usually hidden from the fashion elite. It’s a short, simply told but thought-provoking film about looking beyond the stereotypes usually attached to homelessness.

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Soaring rents in Portland lead to more evictions and homelessness

With no laws mandating caps on yearly rent increases in Oregon, which for three years has been US’s top moving destination, homelessness is increasing

A city of bridges, Portland is full of places where people who are homeless can find dry, covered shelter from the Pacific north-west downpour.

But lately, Portland is facing a housing crisis of a different sort as shelter for the homeless has become anything but discreet.

Related: Is hip Portland over? How the rent crisis is displacing the city’s creative soul

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We are on the brink of a homelessness crisis among young people | Emma Jackson

As rapper Professor Green tackles youth homelessness for a BBC documentary, my research shows how planned housing benefit cuts will be a disaster for young people

When the rapper Professor Green set out to explore contemporary experiences of homelessness among young people for a BBC3 documentary, airing on Tuesday 9 February,, he came to see me as I had spent a year conducting ethnographic research with young homeless people in London.

Youth homelessness is already a problem in the UK and the safety net is being further eroded through proposed changes to housing benefits. The consequences could be disastrous.

Related: Benefit cut ‘could make thousands of vulnerable young people homeless’

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Young children deprived of homes pay a terrible mental price

We see the impact on children’s mental health when they miss out on secure shelter for the first two years of life

A roof over your head is not a luxury, it’s an absolute necessity for all, and that is especially the case for families with young children.

Not having a place to live that is affordable, decent and secure can have a severe impact on mental health, and one that is most keenly felt by the youngest and most vulnerable members of society.

Related: Poor housing is bad for your mental health

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Shelter and the slums: capturing bleak Britain 50 years ago

From 1968 to 1972, photographer Nick Hedges toured the country for Shelter. His work galvanised politicians – and now the charity wants to find out what happened to those he portrayed

  • Click here for a gallery of his photographs

At first glance they seem to be the survivors of a besieged city. Standing in front of decrepit buildings that tower over streets absent of cars, they cut abject figures. Children in ragged clothes play on wasteland; a mother and her teenage daughter huddle in their home, a cellar lit by just one light bulb; a father in a dank living room festooned with broken furniture holds his toddler son close to his chest.

But these people have not been bombed into submission. They are not experiencing the horrors of the second world war. They are living in Britain in the swinging 60s, an era that the then prime minister, Harold Wilson, famously promised would deliver material improvements for all, thanks to the “white heat of technology”.

Related: Gimme Shelter: hard lives in British cities 1969-72

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Ellie Goulding 'snubbed' by David Cameron

Singer, who has campaigned for vulnerable people since rising to fame, says she was told PM didn’t have the time to meet her

Singer Ellie Goulding said she was snubbed by the prime minister after asking to discuss women’s issues with him.

Goulding wanted to meet David Cameron in her role as patron for the Marylebone Project, which is dedicated to helping homeless women in London.

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