What is Homelessness?

When you think about home, what comes to mind? Do you think buildings, houses or a place to stay or do you think of other things like security, love, family, support, warmth or food? A home is not just the possession of a physical space to sleep. Homelessness is the problem faced by people who lack a place to live that is supportive, affordable, decent and secure.

Although there is no universally accepted definition of homelessness, it can be defined narrowly to include only people without a roof over their heads or it can be defined more broadly, as is the case in many countries in the world. The broader definition would describe homeless persons as people who are roofless, people who are houseless, and people who live in insecure and inadequate housing.


Definitions of Homelessness