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.
Archaic vagrancy acts and Public Spaces Protection Laws turn washing, sleeping and begging into punishable offences.
Evidence increasingly shows the effectiveness of controversial efforts, like northeastern Brazil's Attitude Programme, to feed and house at-risk drug users.
Some say homelessness creates squalor in our cities. But Hosier Lane — the most Instagrammed spot in Melbourne — thrives partly due to homeless street artists.
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?
A fundraising initiative in Scotland has made headlines, but good intentions are not enough when it comes to helping vulnerable people.
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.
Not only is it cheaper to provide permanent supportive housing to the homeless, but the improvement to their lives is immeasurable.
Nottingham City Council are in trouble over a series of anti-begging posters – it's important to know if their claims stack up.
New psychoactive substances, same problematic users.
The lack of service integration and the paucity of welfare services make poor people's task of caring for their familes much harder. A small monthly cash transfer can’t solve all their challenges.
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.
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.
A decent national housing policy is not just about the million or so Australians who are in housing need, marginal housing or homeless. In reality, all the housing sectors are connected.
Many praise the internet as a democratizing force. But with online spaces replacing physical public squares as places for debate, what do we risk losing?
In Italy, a homeless man was excused by the supreme court for stealing food. In the UK, people living in poverty are fined for it.
A new report’s findings provide a strong economic rationale for investing in early intervention to stem the flow of young people into homelessness.
What happens when you find yourself homeless in the countryside?
The Hollywood flick recalls subprime's role in the 2008 financial crisis, but, by helping more low-income households buy a home, the loans can help ease the affordability crisis and homelessness.