Introduction

Hello everybody!

Welcome to our blog! We are Monika, Nitika, Naina and Joy, social services students in Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Tikkurila Campus. We are about to start our adventure to go deeper into the issues related homelessness from different perspectives. Hopefully we generate some discussion about the topic. We would like to invite you to walk through this journey with us, as we unfold the many different aspects of this worldwide phenomenon, which has a huge impact in the society both on the individual and general level. Aside from personal interests, the choice of this topic is mainly because we would like to shine the light on the vulnerability of the people who are in this situation.

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Squatting and Homelessness

Squatting and homelessness are intricately linked. Earlier it was perceived that people who squat did it by choice. It is a general perception that squatters are addicts, substance users or criminals and are shunned by the society. However, the issue of squatting as a direct result of homelessness is important. Squatting differs in every country, but the reason is the same, i.e., lack of affordable housing. In a general sense, it is considered as a residential area especially in urban settings, inhabited by the poor who don’t have access to tenured land of their own and therefore “squat” on vacant public or private land.

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Victor and the skin-hunger

Dear Reader,

Have you heard about Victor who lived 200 years ago and was found in the forest at the age of 11, where he was running wild for most of his childhood? He was considered an “idiot”. But do you want to know the truth?

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Global situation of homelessness

What is homelessness? The term ‘’homelessness’’ can have many definitions, which depends on an individual’s own perspective, culture or on the situation of a country. There is no internationally agreed definition of homelessness. For many, homelessness only means not having a roof over their heads and having to sleep on the streets. According to the Canadian definition of homelessness, homelessness is ‘’the situation of an

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