Homeless People Aren’t Going Away: Cities With Massive Problems

When we choose which cities to explore in our travels, our decisions are often based on historical and cultural curiosity, the opportunity to sample cuisines prepared by indigenous chefs, and seeing natural wonders inherent to the locale.

Unless you wander away from your tour group or befriend some local folks, it’s unlikely you’ll ever see the very depressed parts of cities, the scenes that are never seen in the promotional brochures or on visitor-focused websites.

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights reports that there are an estimated 100 million homeless people worldwide. Some of the cities on this list may not surprise you but just as many will have you shaking your head, wondering how things got this bad, and questioning what can be done to make them better.

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

As you climb through the ruins and imagine the Greek gods of lore in their reigning glory, you might catch a glimpse of some the 20,000 homeless people in the country. The mighty city of Athens spawned about 9,000 of them and human displacement has been on the rise since the economic debacle of 2009.