Authors: Sandeep Chachra and Harsh Mander
Title: National Report on the Status of Shelters for the Urban Homeless
Publication: Supreme Court Commissioners Office
Publication Date: August 2014
As part of the Supreme Court-directed monitoring process, two years ago (in 2012), the Office of Commissioners of the Supreme Court in writ petition 196/2001 had submitted the Second National Report on the Status of Shelters for Urban homeless to bring to the notice of the Honourable Supreme Court, the conditions of urban homeless persons in India, and the conditions of shelters for urban homeless persons in different states of India. This report outlined the large gaps in fulfillment of Supreme Court’s directions to the state governments for ensuring shelters, and allied services and amenities for homeless populations.
A National Scheme of Shelter for Urban Homeless was announced in 2013.
The current report, the Third National Report on the Status of Shelters for Urban Homeless, outlines the progress of construction of shelters, and provisioning of amenities and allied services to meet the needs of the homeless persons in different states of the country in the last year. Based on field-visit reports to several cities as well as other data from documents of state governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), this report attempts to present issues for future actions by state and central governments and by civil society organizations involved in developing the programme of shelters for urban homeless.