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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Trillion-dollar wars, political campaigns: hundreds of millions homeless

“Developed” and “developing” countries home to thousands of homeless
Editing by Carolyn Bennett

The world economic crisis should be viewed as a ‘housing finance crisis’ in which the poorest of poor were left to fend for themselves. ─ Dr. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT

World Homeless Day 10/10 draws attention to a human problem solvable except for human neglect, failure to care

Worldwide some 100 million children live on the streets

Worldwide the number of homeless people grows steadily

Most street children are victims of poverty

"Each year there are 1.3 million homeless children living on America’s streets or vying for a bed in a homeless shelter."

child homelessness
The existence of homelessness amidst prosperity ─ of those who consume and throw away stuff, things and people ─ is unconscionable.  

What happens to children on the streets is unspeakable.

homeless USA
The United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) has written in its Global Reports on Human Settlements that “Poor urban housing conditions are a global problem and conditions are worst in developing countries.

Six hundred (600) million people live in life-threatening and health-threatening homes in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

In London, England, life expectancy among homeless people is more than 25 years lower than the national average.

homeless EU
Global homelessness figures 
(some estimates)

European Union
3,000,000 (UN-HABITAT 2004)

United Kingdom
10,459 rough sleepers, 98,750 households in temporary accommodation (Department for Communities and Local Government 2005)

homeless UK
150,000 (National Homelessness Initiative – Government of Canada)

105,000 people homeless across Australia (census night in 2006), an increase from the 99,900 Australians counted as homeless in the 2001 census

United States of America
649,917 people experiencing homelessness ─ a single night in January 2010 (increase over January 2009’s 643,067) [HUD’s July 2010 5th Homeless Assessment Report to Congress] 

Unsheltered count increased by 2.8 percent; sheltered count remained constant.
Chronically homeless persons with severe disabilities, people with long homeless histories: 2009: 110,917 ● 2010: 109,812. [HUD]
More than 1.59 million people spent at least one night in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program during 2010 reporting period: 2.2 percent rise over 2009 figures
People using homeless shelters in suburban and rural areas increased 57 percent (367,000 to 576,000)

20,000–100,000 and rising (some figures put it at 200,000–400,000)
bombs making homelessness

Developing and undeveloped countries

Homelessness rampant in Third World nations of Nigeria and South Africa
Millions of children live and work on the streets.
war-made homelessness

China, India, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines
Despite growing prosperity, homelessness grows, “mainly due to migrant workers who have trouble finding permanent homes.”

Russian Federation
Homelessness rises especially among youth

The more some people have and use, the less other people can even hope for.

There is an observable correlation, for those who will see, between waste and want, disproportionate wealth and human need.

Sources and notes

Homelessness defined

People without a regular dwelling are homeless; the condition: homelessness.

People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure, and adequate housing, or they lack “fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.”

Various countries and various entities or institutions within countries define “homeless” differently.

The term homeless may include people whose primary night-time residence is in a

Homeless shelter
Warming center
Domestic violence shelter
Cardboard boxes
Other ad hoc housing situation or
Public or private place not designed for use as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings

In western countries the large majority of homeless people are men (75-80 percent) disproportionately represented by single males


http://www.squidoo.com/why-children-become-homeless?utm_source=google&utm_medium=imgres&utm_campaign=framebusteroot causes of problem.

Each year there are 1.3 million homeless children living on America’s streets or vying for a bed in a homeless shelter.

Many of these youths are invisible to society because their homelessness is sometimes carefully hidden due to shame and ignored by even the most progressive amongst us.

Some Americans are under the mistaken belief that child homelessness does not exist in this country. But the truth is that homeless children are a product of our society's failure to deal with some of the root causes of problem.


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