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Understanding Urban Homelessness

Authored by - Soumya Pancholi


Cover and Website Photo by V. Rai and S. Alluri from the photo essay 'Urban Assault' - Part of the SPRF Photo Archive Project.


With 1.82 million homeless people, India has one of the largest homeless populations in the world. There is no singular all-encompassing definition of homelessness. While it is essential to have some theoretical definition of homelessness in place for the purpose of both recognition and enumeration, its meaning remains fluid, subjective, and elusive. Employing an intersectional lens, this paper seeks to develop a finer and a holistic understanding of homelessness. It also puts forward some recommendations to address the issue of urban homelessness.


Read the paper here.