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The 2010 Supreme Court Orders on shelters direct governments to link homeless people to basic services and social protection programs such as community kitchens and subsidized food available under the Antodaya Anna Yojana programs. 

Numerous urban welfare programs for the urban poor have existed for years:  Swarna Jayanti Rozgar for fair wages and safe work; the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for basic services such as water, sanitation and infrastructure; the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) for rental housing; and the Public Food Distribution System - a legal right under the National Food Security Act (2013) - for nutrition and food security programs. 

Homeless people often fail to gain access to these services because they lack identification officially required by these policies.  On a broader level, the 2012 Hashim Committee acknowledged that the government's unsystematic methods of identifying the urban poor and a lack of undersanding of their conditions of poverty also play a role.  IHRN curates research on the challenges homeless people face in accessing government programmes and basic services to shed light on these gaps.

This Working Area topic was posted in Introduction to the India Homeless Resource Network

Topics posted in Social Protection:

Research & Reports

Begging: A Preferred Way of Living or Sheer Necessity to Survive

Author: Tarique Mohammad

Title: Begging: A Preferred Way of Living or Sheer Necessity to Survive

Publication: Koshish-Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Publication date:  June 2016

Research & Reports

Framework for the Restoration of Persons in Institutions and Shelter Homes

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

Policy Analysis and Documents

End-of-visit Press Statement by Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing in India

Author:  Leilani Farha

Research & Reports

Surviving in the Street: A Note on a Study of the Urban Homeless in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Author: Motilal Mahamallik

Title: Surviving in the Street: A Note on a Study of the Urban Homeless in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Publication:  Institute of Development Studies Jaipur Working Paper

Publication date:  April 2016

Research & Reports

Migration and the Urban Question in Mumbai

Authors: Manish K. Jha, Pushpendra, Mouleshri Vyas, Ritambhara Hebbar, Mahuya Bandyopadhyay and Simpreet Singh

Research & Reports

Homelessness in Ahmedabad

Author: Amber Morley

Research & Reports

Barriers to Accessing Health Care among Adult Street Dwellers in Delhi

Author:  Vandana Prasad

Title:  Barriers of Accessing Health Care among Adult Street Dwellers in Delhi

Publication:  School of Public Health, Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of Western Cape (Masters Thesis)

Date of Publication: November 2011

Author's Abstract

Urban health policy has

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Research & Reports

Food Security of the Homeless in Delhi

Author(s): Vandana Prasad, Soibam Haripriya and Smita Jacob

Title:  Food Security of the Homeless in Delhi

Publication: Public Health Resource Network (PHRN) and Centre for Equity Studies (CES) Working Paper

Date of Publication: April 2010

Authors' Abstract

A conservative estimate of one per cent of

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Research & Reports

Homeless in Neoliberal Cities: View from Mumbai

Author:  Swampna Banarjee

Research & Reports

Delhi Homeless Survey

Authors: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Delhi Government

Research & Reports

Socialisation of Street Children in India: A Socio-economic Profile

Author: Meena Mathur 

Title: Socialisation of Street Children in India: A Socio-economic Profile

Publication: Psychology and Developing Societies

Publication Date: 2009

Citation: Mathur, Meena. ‘Socialisation of Street Children in India: A Socio-economic Profile.’ Psychology

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Incidence, Type and Intensity of Abuse in Street Children in India

Author(s): Meena Mathur, Prachi Rathore and Monika Mathur

Title: Incidence and Intensity of Abuse in Street Children in India

Publication: Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal

Publication Date: December 2009

Citation: Mathur, Meena; Rathore, Prachi; Mathur, Monika. ‘Incidence and Intensity

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Research & Reports

Living Rough: Surviving the City Streets

Author: Harsh Mander

Research & Reports

The Capital's Homeless

Author:  Aashray Adhikar Abhyiyan

Title: The Capital’s Homeless – A Preliminary Study

Publication: Aashray Adhikar Abhyian

Publication Date: 2001

Policy Analysis and Documents

Corporation of Chennai: Standard Operating Procesure for Institutionalising Basic Services for the Urban

Author: Corporation of Chennai

Title: Standard Operating Procedure for Institutionalising Basic Services for the Urban Homeless

Publication:  Corporation of Chennai

Publication Date: March 3, 2014