People have camped in the long grass since colonisation. From this perspective, bans on the practice are a denial of Indigenous agency, culture and rights to country.
Photo: K. Pollard
In contrast to perceptions of other homeless people sleeping rough, Darwin's "long-grassers" are applying a long cultural tradition to deal with the situation in which they find themselves.
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Archaic vagrancy acts and Public Spaces Protection Laws turn washing, sleeping and begging into punishable offences.
Who really are America’s irreligious?
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
Americans are increasingly choosing not to identify with any religious tradition. But this group of irreligious people is a complex one – with different relationships to religion.
Under pressure from media coverage like this, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle wants to ban people from sleeping on Melbourne’s streets.
Bans are ineffective when used against populations that have nowhere else to go. Importantly, research shows that punitive approaches to the homeless cost more than supported housing strategies.
In 1966, the BBC drama Cathy Come Home radically changed the way society thinks about homelessness. So how would Cathy fare today?
Some homeless youth facing criminal charges in NSW are being accommodated in prisons.
Homeless children charged in NSW with a criminal offence who are unable to meet bail conditions are being kept in custody. It's due, in part, to a well-meant but flawed section of the Bail Act.
Hosier Lane, the iconic Melbourne laneway.
Businesses have traded on graffiti and the air of edginess that draws visitors to Melbourne's laneways. But they draw the line at sharing space with the homeless, whose right to the city is denied.
But is the data misleading?
Locating and identifying people who are homeless is inherently challenging.
Susie Blatchford, used with permission
Reliable data about the homeless population is vital when developing policy, allocating funding and developing services for vulnerable people. But first the census needs to find them.
What happens when you find yourself homeless in the countryside?
High rents and benefits restrictions have led to spiralling costs when it comes to housing London's homeless.
With so many city dwellers enjoying the benefits of digital connectivity, it is easy to overlook the barriers to access that homeless people face.
We have come to see being digitally connected as part of the fabric of life in the city, but staying connected is a daily struggle for the marginalised and homeless.
A new study reveals just how tough it can be to rebuild a life after homelessness.
Boston has some of the highest rents – and lowest vacancy rates – in the country.
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In a competitive rental market, landlords can easily skirt anti-discrimination laws.
Homeless in Los Angeles: Bernard Leatherhood (62) and Arthur Johnson (72).
Field research in Oakland highlights a major issue that Americans have yet to face up to: how to deal with growing numbers of homeless older people in our streets.
From metal spikes to bagpipes, nasty architecture is making life harder for the homeless.
Almost 60% of short-term prisoners reoffend - ensuring they have a place to stay could seriously reduce that risk.
Winter is a really tough time for the homeless, but it is hard to help people who are invisible to society.
How have the homeless fared under the coalition?
Anthony Devlin/PA Archive
David Cameron has said the number of people sleeping rough has gone down under the coalition. That isn't backed up by the evidence.
Giving homeless people a legal right to accommodation makes a big impact.
Housing tends to be seen as a human right, but here’s something to make you pause this winter: very few countries give homeless people any entitlement to emergency shelter. Scotland goes further and gives…