Much work goes in to the making and maintaining of a City!
However, many hands that contribute to the same are invisible and often overseen. Large migrant workers from less developed areas and the disadvantaged sections living in the city contribute to the building of a city and keeping it clean and in order. These people are ‘The Invisible City Makers’!!!
Not only are these people overseen, they are often living in the direst of conditions. They make their living in the open and do not even have a roof to call their own. These are the homeless…
It is common belief that the homeless people we see on the streets are either addicts or people of unscrupulous nature. However, the reality is a far cry from this.
Our work with the homeless shows that the causes for homelessness is diverse. Poverty is one of the primary ones, followed by lack of affordable housing, changes in the industrial economy leading to unemployment or dependency on the informal sector for employment, inadequate income supports, de-institutionalisation of patients with mental health problems, physical or mental illness, disability, domestic violence, family conflict and so many more.
Substance abuse is least of the causes and probably a result rather than the cause!
Over the years, the number of homeless people in Bengaluru city have increased.
Driven by a need and looking for opportunities for a better life, these people employed by the informal sectors, come to the cities. Lack of adequate resources keeps them on the streets.
Impact India Consortium (IIC), BBMP and its member organizations along with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives created Project Nammane in 2019 to address the needs of homeless people in Bangalore city.
Till date, 9 BBMP shelters are being managed by IIC affiliates and 100s of homeless are being provided temporary shelter. Many of them have been rehabilitated over this time. IIC continues to support the homeless.