This book explores the extent, causes and characteristics of homelessness in developing countries. Bringing together a major review of literature and empirical case studies, it is invaluable for those studying, researching or working in housing, homelessness, social policy or urban poverty.
Drawing on local research in nine countries in the global south, this book offers an insight into the lives of homeless people, public perceptions of homelessness, and the policies and interventions which might variously increase or reduce homelessness. Exploring the human context as well as policy and planning, it will challenge preconceptions.
1. Current Theory on Homelessness 2. Homelessness and International Housing Policy 3. The Continuing Urban Housing Shortfall and Affordability Crisis 4. Defining Homelessness in Developing Countries 5. Accommodation Conditions and Differentiating between Homeless People and those in Inadequate Housing 6. Estimating the Hidden Millions 7. Who are the Hidden Millions? 8. Economic, Social and Cultural Causes 9. Political and Legal Issues 10. Disaster and Conflict 11. Exclusion, Perceptions and Isolation 12. Children and Homelessness 13. Towards Strategic Interventions for Homeless People