Fragile Lives on the Streets of Valencia

May 17, 2016

The rates of homelessness in Valencia are much higher than official counts. The Spanish city of Valencia is famous for its wonderful lace and, of course, its oranges. It is a beautiful city and has so many talented young people living there, but it also hides some sad secrets. Figures show...

One Stitch Closer to Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

January 02, 2016

A young woman has created a unique product to help the homeless in more ways than one. Veronika Scott is the founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan in Detroit. The US-based nonprofit organization produces a unique coat—designed by Veronika—that can turn into a sleeping bag that the...

Is Homelessness a Free Choice?

February 25, 2015

Describing homelessness as a choice helps gain a sense of control over not only the circumstances, but the identity of the homeless. In 2012, we set out to unpack some of the contexts and circumstances that situate and make meaningful the espoused choices to be homeless that people make. To this...

Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 3)

December 20, 2014

Despite the city government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling toprovide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United...

Across Cultures, Street Children and Homeless Youth Face Similar Problems

December 17, 2014

In the developed world, poverty is neither sufficient nor a necessary condition for homelessness. Regardless of wealth, political ideology, government decree or religious affiliation, there is no place on the globe that has succeeded in eliminating homelessness. This is extraordinary, when you...

Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 2)

December 04, 2014

The state of California is "home" to around 22% of America's homeless population. The San Francisco Bay in northern California is known as a hub for the homeless. The culture of 1960s America still lingers in the Bay Area, welcoming vagabonds and permanent homeless alike. Seven thousand of San...

Homeless Youth: The World’s 100 Million Street Children

October 22, 2014

When homelessness and youth intersect, it becomes a problem of vulnerable people being exploited in both the developed and developing nations. A 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old female approach a car window on the near north side of Chicago. Both are involved in survival sex and both are...

Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 1)

October 19, 2014

Despite the city government's efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling to provide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United...

Tackling Homelessness: What Difference Do Rights Make?

October 06, 2014

Rights-based approaches tackle the stigma of homelessness by making those who are homeless rights-holders, rather than recipients of charity. Policy responses to homelessness differ greatly between countries. Who is defined as homeless varies from narrow definitions that include only the...

Homelessness: No Shelter From the Storm

October 06, 2014

Homelessness continues to plague societies the world over, with legal frameworks needed to tackle it still largely lacking. Background Homelessness is a chronic problem in the vast majority of the world’s countries. The problem is a difficult one both in its tenacity and its invisibility: The...

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