Jess McCabe

I am a journalist and these are some of the stories I've been working on lately

A sales warning for housing associations? (Inside Housing)

Parts of the South East of England’s housing market are slowing.  But what are associations experiencing on the ground?  Jess McCabe investigates.  Illustration by Michelle Thompson No-one watching the housing market can have failed to see the signs of a slowdown in the South East. House prices dropped 0.5% in the region last year, and 0.6% in London, according to broker Jefferies. But…

Republishing this interview I did with Katie Roiphe for The Toast

Sad news – The Toast is about to delete its archive. I was incredibly proud to have this interview published by them back in 2013. It was a confounding interview, but fun to write. By Jess McCabe on September 12, 2013 in INTERVIEWS Since her first opinion piece, a critique of college anti-rape activism, was published in 1993 in the New York Times, Roiphe, an academic…

London councils skirt six-week rule for homeless families (Inside Housing)

BY JESS MCCABE London families are being forced to share bathrooms and kitchens with strangers for long periods, as councils make use of an exemption in the law on temporary accommodation, an Inside Housing investigation has revealed. Homeless families are being housed for protracted periods in council-owned properties, Inside Housing has discovered, in conditions that would be illegal if their temporary accommodation was privately…

Revealed: homeless families face long stays in council-owned hostels (Inside Housing)

Inside Housing has found that London councils are building their own hostels. But their exemption from a law on how long families can live in these conditions could be causing harm. Jess McCabe reports.  Illustration by Luke Best.  Photography by Alamy On the day Natasha moved into a hostel in south London, her toddler was having a nap when she heard a noise from…

No place like home: raising children in unsuitable temporary housing (Inside Housing)

What’s it like trying to raise a baby in cramped and dangerous temporary housing? Jess McCabe investigates.  Illustration by Jonathan Gibbs How do you teach a baby to crawl? What should be their first food? How do you toilet train a toddler? Should you let your baby sleep in your bed? These are questions all new parents ask. But if you’re homeless, finding…

Housing’s diversity challenge (Inside Housing)

I’m really proud of this research – a repeat of a survey I came up with two years ago, this research has helped inform the magazine’s new ‘Inclusive Futures’ campaign to encourage diversity, which was last week’s front page story: Proud to launch our #InclusiveFutures campaign today. Triggered by @jester’s important diversity research over the past couple of years. We…

How the housing crisis is affecting the sector’s own staff (Inside Housing)

A lack of decent, affordable housing is also affecting social landlord employees. Jess McCabe investigates. Illustration by Nick Chaffe Social landlords are proud of their social mission: to provide decent and affordable housing. So what does it mean if some of their own staff – tasked with that very mission – are struggling to keep a roof over their heads? Earlier this autumn,…

The book of Notting Hill Genesis: an interview with Kate Davies (Inside Housing)

Originally published by Inside Housing Two of London’s biggest landlords are set to merge. Jess McCabe speaks to Kate Davies, chief executive in waiting, to find out about any final obstacles. Photography: Belinda Lawley Kate Davies is a busy woman. She sports a dashing pink jacket that she made herself, she’s learning Spanish, and how to code. Oh, and she also runs the…