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Did Cathy Come Home? Homelessness today



When docu-drama Cathy Come Home, directed by Ken Loach, was beamed into the nation’s living rooms in 1966, depicting the troubled lives of a couple losing their home, it had a huge impact on the national consciousness. It led directly to the creation of the charity Crisis in 1967 and helped to garner support for another charity, Shelter, launched just after the film was broadcast. Fifty years on, Campbell Robb of Shelter has said that while ‘the slums of 1966 are gone … a housing crisis is once again gripping the country’. So what’s changed about the housing crisis in 50 years? Is Cathy home yet?

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