The total number of homeless families in India (500,000) accounts for only 3% of the total number of families affected by the country’s housing shortage, according to the Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation.
Most of the 19 million households who require new housing live in substandard accommodations (as opposed to living with no accommodation at all). This includes ‘obsolescent’ or ‘non-serviceable’ housing.
The question of where the urban homeless fit into housing policies, such as the recently announced Housing for All Scheme, can best be answered by research that illuminates the conditions of short term migrants who return home sporadically, people who left home for opportunities in the city only to slip into destitution and familiies who lost their homes to eviction.
IHRN curates research on these areas to better understand what shelter and housing options may address the needs of the diverse population of homeless people.
Authors: Sahil Gandhi and Meenaz Munshi
Author: Zeeshan Shaikh
Author: Sukanya Bhattacharyya
Author: Koshish-Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Title: Framework for the Restoration of Persons in Institutions and Shelter Homes
Publication: Koshish-Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Publication date: June 2016
Author: Leilani Farha
Author: Carlin Carr
Authors: Vandana Gopikumar and Lakshmi Narasimhan
Author: Ursula Rao
Title: Tolerated Encroachment - Resettlement Policies and the Negotiation of the Licit/Illicit Divide in an Indian metropolis
Publication: Cultural Anthropology
Date of Publication: November 2013
Citation: Rao, U. 'Tolerated Encroachment. Resettlement policies and the
Author: Julia Wardaugh
Title: Rural Homelessness in India
Publication: International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
Publication Date: 2012
Citation: Wardaugh, J. ‘Rural homelessness in India.’ (2012) Susaj J. Smith (ed) International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home
Author: Swampna Banarjee
Author: Usha Ramanathan
Author: Kalyani Menon-Sen
Author: Madhura Swaminathan