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Homelessness

The market is broken. The price of housing is through the roof. Social housing is neglected.

In major cities around the globe ordinary people can no longer afford to buy or rent basic accommodation. Incomes stagnate while the gap between the 1 per cent and the rest of us widens. Housing insecurity and homelessness are the inevitable result. Families find refuge in temporary shelters or with relatives; young people couch surf; the addicted and the mentally disturbed drift to the street. Treating housing as a commodity rather than a human right leaves people homeless and hurting. This needs to change.

This edition of New Internationalist looks at how to prevent homelessness and outlines the steps to a world where everyone is safely housed.

June 2017, Issue 503

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  • Finding home: Lack of affordable housing is a crisis across the West

    Finding home: Lack of affordable housing is a crisis across the West

    With house prices and rents soaring, can there be a remedy to homelessness? Wayne Ellwood investigates.

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  • How do you break the homelessness cycle?

    How do you break the homelessness cycle?

    Sian Griffiths reports on a no-nonsense movement which is reshaping traditional solutions to chronic homelessness

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  • Homelessness – the facts

    Homelessness – the facts

    Everything you need to know about homelessness, from this month's magazine.

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  • India's ‘Smart City’ plan stumbles over slums

    India's ‘Smart City’ plan stumbles over slums

    India's $15 billion grand project to transform cities into models of tech and infrastructural innovation is already in trouble. Nimisha Jaiswal investigates

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  • Escape to the street

    Escape to the street

    More and more young people are becoming homeless across the West. Catherine Yeomans reports on how to tackle the issue

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  • Raising the roof in the fight against homelessness

    Raising the roof in the fight against homelessness

    A round-up of inspired ideas and practices.

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  • A marathon without finish: Nigeria's fight against polio

    A marathon without finish: Nigeria's fight against polio

    The end of the battle against polio might be in sight, but violence and public mistrust are creating yet more obstacles. Laura Jiménez Varo investigates.

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  • ‘We feel stronger’: meet those fighting the sand-dredging business in Cambodia

    ‘We feel stronger’: meet those fighting the sand-dredging business in Cambodia

    A source of corruption and environmental degradation. Rod Harbinson reports.

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  • The right way to rewrite NAFTA

    The right way to rewrite NAFTA

    What is an internationalist to make of Donald J Trump’s vow to blow up the North American Free Trade Agreement? Mark Engler asks.

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  • This capitalism theme park will make you shudder

    This capitalism theme park will make you shudder

    KidZania is an unashamed shrine to the sterile, dystopian human-made landscapes, Steve Parry writes.

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  • New Internationalist's picks for films of the month

    New Internationalist's picks for films of the month

    Machines; The Other Side of Hope: what should be on your watchlist this month.

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  • World music: New Internationalist picks the best album releases of the month

    World music: New Internationalist picks the best album releases of the month

    Rûwâhîne by Ifriqiyya Electrique; The Underside of Power by Algiers: our music reviews of the month.

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  • New Internationalist picks the best books of the month

    New Internationalist picks the best books of the month

    What should be on your watchlist this month: Billy Bragg's new book; Sorry to Disrupt the Peace; Breaking Sudan and others

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  • When the lake ran dry

    When the lake ran dry

    Amy Booth visits a Bolivian isolated indigenous community fallen on hard times, striving to keep their culture alive

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  • Stagnation, oil and oligarchy: a look at today's Algeria

    Stagnation, oil and oligarchy: a look at today's Algeria

    Power rests in the hands of a corrupt military and political oligarchy that denies people the right to self-determination, reports Hamza Hamouchene.

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  • This is Congo's top environmental defender: Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

    This is Congo's top environmental defender: Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

    He puts his life on the line to protect the Democratic Republic of Congo's national parks.

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  • Southern Exposure

    Southern Exposure

    Chandan Robert Rebeiro captures a budding Bangladeshi photographer.

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  • Only Planet

    Only Planet

    Marc Robert's monthly cartoon, from our June magazine.

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  • Worldbeaters: the contrived grandeur of North Korea's Kim family

    Worldbeaters: the contrived grandeur of North Korea's Kim family

    Kim Jong-un's headline grabbing aggressive irrationalism takes some beating (though he might have met his match in recent times...)

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  • ‘Migration will become a human right’ – interview with Mohsin Hamid

    ‘Migration will become a human right’ – interview with Mohsin Hamid

    The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist talks to Graeme Green about extremism, the refugee crisis and feeling at home in the past.

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