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The public outrage at the killing of Courtney Herron, including a vigil in the park where her body was found, demands more than a knee-jerk response from government. Daniel Pockett/AAP

Look beyond crisis accommodation so people like Courtney Herron aren’t homeless in the first place

The brutal killing of a young homeless woman has led to calls for more crisis accommodation. This is a short-term fix. We have to move beyond crisis management to sustained housing for people at risk.
In 2001, around half of homeless people were found in capital cities. Today it’s almost two-thirds. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Homelessness soars in our biggest cities, driven by rising inequality since 2001

Homelessness in Australia is increasingly concentrated in the capital cities, where nearly two in every three people without a home are now found. That's the finding of a study of the data since 2001.
Floral tributes form a makeshift memorial to Courtney Herron, whose body was found in Royal Park, Melbourne, on Saturday. David Crosling/AAP

Carelessly linking crime to being homeless adds to the harmful stigma

Media coverage often uses the label 'homeless' in ways that link the plight of tens of thousands of Australians to criminality. But a homeless person is much more likely to be vulnerable than violent.
Despite a ten-point roadmap and bold commitments, Australia has not stayed on track to reduce youth homeless over the past decade. Roman Bodnarchuk/Shutterstock

Youth homelessness efforts get a lowly 2 stars from national report card

In 2008, Australia had a national homelessness strategy, plus a ten-point roadmap to reduce youth homelessness. Why has it fallen so far short of its goals, and what still needs to be done?
An image from the International Space Station captures plumes of smoke from California wildfires on August 4, 2018. NASA

Stories that made The Conversation unique in 2018

From the curious to the serious – a bird's eye view of the unique ways in which The Conversation covers the world.
Dr Jim O'Connell and therapy dog Maestro spend some time with a client at the medical respite centre in Boston. Courtesy of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Hospital discharges to ‘no fixed address’ – here’s a much better way

Life on the street is no place to recover from a stay in hospital, but that's what happens to many people who are homeless. But there's a proven model to provide care that also cuts healthcare costs.
Cairns has an extensive CCTV network, which as well as keeping homeless people under surveillance is sometimes used to help them. Andreina Schoeberlein/Flickr

Turning ‘big brother’ surveillance into a helping hand to the homeless

Surveillance often results in people who are homeless being the target of enforcement measures. But a new study in Cairns shows surveillance can also be used to achieve more positive social outcomes.
A homeless man in Times Square. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Can Jeff Bezos help the homeless? 4 essential reads

With such an enormous challenge, where would it make sense to start? We looked into our archives for stories on what it would take to eradicate homelessness in the US today.
What do we really know about homelessness in the U.S.? Dmytro Zinkevych/shutterstock.com

Busting 3 common myths about homelessness

Are most homeless mentally ill? Is it inevitable that a society will have homeless people? A researcher digs into the real data on homelessness.

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