According to the United Nations, homelessness can include many conditions ranging from “rough sleepers” (i.e. people sleeping on the street) to people living in inadequate or insufficient housing (i.e. people living in tents) to people in temporary or emergency accommodation (such as homeless shelters) to “hidden” homelessness (like those who are “couch surfing” or living with friends or family. Article 11 of the ratified United Nations International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, section 1 states, in part, that the covenant recognizes the right of every person to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing, and housing.
Alongside the United Nations and myriad other organizations, Time For Homes takes positive measures to improve the living conditions fo homeless people with a view of facilitating their full participation in society and to prevent and eliminate homelessness, as well as to combat and eliminate its criminalization.
Time For Homes has a broad, inclusive definition of homelessness in order to mitigate the risks of inequality, exclusion, and discrimination against those who may need specialized assistance such as people living in vulnerability, in slums, or those facing forced eviction.
Homelessness is living in severely inadequate housing due to a lack of access to minimal acceptable housing. Homelessness is one of the most acute forms of material deprivation.
Homelessness refers to the inability of people to enjoy a permanent accommodation.
Homelessness often means lacking other basic human rights, such as the rights to: work; healthcare; social security; privacy, and education.
Homelessness is both a cause and a symptom of human rights being denied, abused, and violated. It is one of the most visible and most severe symptoms of the lack of respect for the right to adequate housing.