Understanding the Problem of Homelessness in Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

The manifestations of the problem of homelessness in least developed countries (LDCs) tend to be quite different from the manifestations of the homelessness problem in the developed countries.

Firstly, the problem of homelessness tends to be much more widespread in the least developed countries.

Secondly, the problem of homelessness in the least developed countries tends to be an inherited problem, rather than an acquired problem. On the other hand, the homeless people in the developed nations tend to be folks who have just fallen through the nets – and for quite a good number of them, it tends to be just a matter of time before they find their footing again. Some of the homeless folks in the developed nations turn out to still fairly well-connected folks. Some are still able to access Internet cafes, where they have a chance to launch www.ymail.com, and proceed to send resumes via Ymail.com soliciting for jobs. On the other hand, the homeless in the least developed countries often turn out to be folks who are totally down and out.

Thirdly, the problem of homelessness in the least developed countries tends to be much harder to solve than in the developed countries. That is because the state of affairs in these least developed nations is such that, in the first place, the data on the number and profiles of people who are homeless tends to be unavailable.

Three Things That Tend to Exacerbate the Homelessness Problems

Almost everywhere you go in the world, you tend to find homeless people. In a bid to gain better insight into the whole phenomenon, you come to learn that there are some three things that tend to exacerbate the homelessness problem.

The first thing that tends to exacerbate the homelessness problem is adoption of the wrong land tenure systems. These land tenure systems concentrate land in the hands of a few individuals, leaving the rest to be tenants, and meaning that those who are unable to cope with their rent obligations are pushed into homelessness.

The second thing that tends to exacerbate the homelessness problem is the adoption of the wrong economic policies. These wrong economic policies disenfranchise certain sections of the society, pushing certain people into homelessness.

The third thing that tends to exacerbate the homelessness problem is social disintegration. It is worth noting that the homeless problem tends to affect people from disintegrated families more than it affects people from well integrated families.

The homelessness problem tends to come with various other problems in tow. It, for instance, tends to come alongside grinding poverty and you notice that, for instance, in a place like Georgia, a good number of the folks who depend on Georgia supplementary feeding are in the homeless category.

Three Types of Organizations That are Often Involved in Giving Temporary Accommodation to Homeless People

The world has evolved to a level where it is expected that any civilized society should have the ability to give accommodation – at least on a temporary basis — to homeless people. In most parts of the world, there are three types of organizations that are often involved in giving temporary accommodation to the said people.

The first type of organizations that are involved in giving temporary accommodation to homeless people is that of religious organizations.  Indeed, a historical perspective reveals that it is religious organizations that came up with the first soup kitchens and temporary accommodation facilities for homeless people.

The second type of organizations that are involved in giving temporary accommodation to homeless people is that of personal charities. These seek out donations from members of the public, and then use the money to give temporary accommodation and other necessities to homeless people.

The third type of organizations that are involved in giving temporary accommodation to homeless people is that of government agencies. Ideally, these are the organizations that, by default, should be catering for homeless folks. But they often focus on long-term strategies (like that of providing subsidized housing in the ‘projects’) while forgetting about the short-term needs of the homeless people.

Three Ways in Which Homeless People are Often Misunderstood

Homeless people are often misunderstood in fundamental ways. We now venture to look at three of those ways (in which homeless people are often misunderstood).

Firstly, we have the situation where many people assume that all homeless people are folks with criminal tendencies. As a matter of fact, the homeless community is pretty much like any other human community: whereby only a few of its members have any criminal tendencies.

Secondly, we have the situation where many people assume that all homeless people are folks with limited abilities (especially the cognitive abilities). Actually, some of the people living on the streets turn out to be folks with superb abilities, but who have just not had the opportunity to use those abilities to earn money.

Thirdly, we have the situation where many people assume that all homeless people are folks with mental health issues. While a sizeable number of the homeless people have mental health issues, there are many who are in good mental health condition.

Fourthly, we have the situation where many people assume that all homeless people are folks who have been driven to homelessness by poverty. But the truth sometimes turn out to be much more complicated: like where, it emerges that an interplay of other factors has driven the people in question to live on the streets.