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Tom Archer argues that eliminating homelessness by 2030, a key recommendation of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, requires committed governments and an active civil society.

New research suggests that the successes of the "broken windows" theory in reducing crime might have been down to coincidences including, interestingly, the removal of lead from gasoline.

Andrew Heben reports on the establishment of a project to provide legal transitional housing in Eugene, Oregon planned by the future residents themselves.

Martha Bridegam describes Dignity Village and other settlements setting out to prove that informal housing can be just as peaceful, lawful and neighbourly as any other residential area.

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Thinking positively about housing for World AIDS Day

While most are aware of the need for education and prevention, Noemi Reiner of ARCHIVE highlights the need for stable housing for people living with HIV/AIDS to lower transmission rates and reduce the physical and emotional risks of disease and stress.

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