The knock-on effects of being homeless can make it difficult to improve your situation. Without a fixed address it becomes difficult to eat healthily, wash clothes and apply for jobs. A case study of one previously homeless man compares the pros and cons of both social housing and the private sector. This clip was made in 2006 when property prices were rising quickly.

First broadcast:
4 November 2008

Students could be asked to consider the consequences of homelessness, and undertake independent study into government policies to deal with housing inequalities.