CITIES WITH THE HIGHEST HOMELESS POPULATIONS
Added on: 12th Jun 2015
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
The Homeless are said to be the phantoms of Buenos Aires streets.
As of today, there are about 15,000 homeless people residing in the
filthy streets of the city and with the city’s public refuges hosting 1,700
beds for the homeless, this is a scenario that is not going to change
any time soon.
In 2003, there were about 23 million homeless people in India. Since
then, the number have gone up despite the programs implemented by
the government to reduce its homelessness rate. In Mumbai alone,
there are about 25,000 people who sleep on the streets every night.
According to the 2000 census, around 28,364 people are homeless in
Jakarta, Indonesia. However, due to recent natural calamities such as
floods and storms the homeless population has grown significantly.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
40% of the total population of Mexico is living in poverty and according
to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) the number of people on the
streets of the Mexican capital stands to be between 15,000 and 30,000.
There are about 5 million homeless people in Russia and of that number,
1 million are children. Studies show that Moscow has the largest share
of homeless people in the country, accounting for 10,000 – 50,000
(depending on the source of information). Despite the ever growing
number, there remains no social approach to the problem.
LOS ANGELES, U.S.A.
The city of Los Angeles has one of the largest concentrations of
homeless people in the United States. Currently, it houses about
57,737 homeless people (second only to New York city).
NEW YORK CITY
As of 2013, the number of homeless people sleeping each night
in the New York City shelter system was already over 60,000,
22,000 of which were children. The homelessness crisis in
New York is brought by the lack of housing assistance initiatives
provided by local authorities to individuals and families
who lack housing.
According to Homeless International, around 22.8 million reside in
slums. And according to a Philippine government report, 1.2 million are
children who live either by peddling or begging on the streets;
70,000 of which come from Metro Manila alone.