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Young Portuguese defer dreams as housing crisis bites

Maria Lopes, 30 years old, arrives at the building where she rents a 13 square meters mezzanine room on a flat-share with five others, in Lisbon, Portugal, on 15th March, 2023.

Lisbon Reuters When Maria Lopes moved to Lisbon from the northern Portuguese city of Tondela, her goals were straightforward: study, find a job, get a place of her own. But a decade on, she still lives in a tiny, rented room – one of tens of thousands of young Portuguese hit by a housing crisis […]

Unaffordable rental housing may be “new normal” in the United States

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Washington DC, USThomson Reuters Foundation A growing number of Americans cannot afford to pay their rent as rental property prices hit a record high, researchers said on Friday, amid an outcry over rising evictions and homelessness. The number of US households living in rentals also surged to 43.7 million in 2018 – up 21 per […]

Airbnb vows to tackle sex trafficking in rental homes

Thomson Reuters Foundation Short-term home rental company Airbnb said on Monday it would invest in new technology to crack down on modern slavery amid concerns that traffickers are turning its properties into “pop-up brothels” to sexually exploit vulnerable women and girls. Airbnb exclusively told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that it has teamed up with anti-trafficking […]