Homelessness worldwide currently effects approximately 100 million people across the globe with an additional 1.6 billion people lacking adequate housing. The definition of homelessness can vary amongst different countries making it difficult to collect the most accurate results. In order to further encompass the differing definitions, OHCHR has developed a three dimensional definition as follows:

  • the first dimension addresses the absence of home in terms of both its physical structure and its social aspects

  • ​the second dimension considers homelessness as a form of systemic discrimination and social exclusion, whereby “the homeless” become a social group subject to stigmatization

  • the third dimension recognizes homeless people as resilient in the struggle for survival and dignity and potential agents of change as rights holders