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Based on national reports, the Global Homeless Statistics estimates around 2 percent of the world population – 150 million people – to be homeless. Furthermore, about 1.6 billion people, or 20 percent of world's population, lack adequate housing, according to U.N.-Habitat. In fact, there is no accuracy on the exact number of homeless people, mainly because there is no single internationally agreed definition on homelessness. It may also include those who sleep in homeless shelters, tents or any public or private space not designed as a place to sleep in.In the United States, where the number of homeless people has reached 553,742 according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, the issue is in the hands of cities or states.It is giving homeless people jobs, especially in cleaning up the streets.Although access to safe and adequate housing is a basic human right, homelessness is not just about lacking a house but lacking home. Home means identity, belonging, roots, security, self-control over one's choices and environment and connectedness with family, friends and society.
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