Homelessness: A Global Issue

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Though the population of homeless people tends to be higher in developing countries, it is still a concern in developed nations. Homelessness is a state where someone lacks regular shelter. The term includes people who do not have a home and sleep on the streets, as well as those whose basic nighttime residence is a homeless shelter or other improvised form of housing. Such people lack the capacity to acquire or maintain sufficient nighttime shelter. Individuals and family units become homeless for many reasons. Assessing these causes can help to mitigate the issue.
According to a report issued in 2005 by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, approximately 100 million individuals are homeless globally (Bywaters, Eileen, and Napier 150). This population has no shelter and must sleep in doorways, on sidewalks, under bridges, in incomplete buildings, and in parks. They also resort to places such as public buildings and bus and railway stations. Night shelters are also significant, as they offer a roof over their heads. The issue of homelessness is extremely pervasive and its causes are varied. At the most basic economic level, poverty and unemployment are core factors that spearhead homelessness. This is because the destitute simply lack the capacity to obtain and maintain shelter.
Beyond economic issues, political issues limit people…
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