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Canada Goose sale CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) For Dhanalakshmi S and her family, a small shack squeezed among scores of similar dwellings on a narrow street in the southern Indian city of Chennai has long been home.

Canada Goose online The 35 year old and her Canada Goose Jackets four children share a water pump with 90 other families and take turns to use a public toilet.

Dhanalakshmi is one of about 10,000 homeless people in Chennai, a city canadian goose jacket of about 8 million people, and a hub for canada goose coats on sale auto makers and technology firms in the state uk canada goose outlet of Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu is India most urbanized big state, with hundreds of migrants making their way to cities from villages every day in search of canada goose factory sale jobs.

Many, like Dhanalakshmi grandparents, end up on the streets, unable to afford even the cheapest housing. Most remain there for decades, under the constant threat of eviction.

canada goose coats on sale is not easy to live like this, sleeping, cooking, washing on the street. There is no dignity to our lives, said Dhanalakshmi, buy canada goose jacket cheap who has lived on Barracks Street in the city commercial district all her life.

canada goose clearance have been asking the government for a home nearby for years, Canada Goose online but they only threaten to Canada Goose Outlet evict us and move us far away.

Canada Goose Jackets The homes on Barracks Street are low shacks with a metal roof covered in tarpaulin. Pots, utensils, trunks and shelves spill out, with clothes lines hanging on cheap canada goose uk walls and a scooter or cheap Canada Goose bicycle parked outside a few shacks.

canada goose City officials say they are gradually relocating pavement dwellers slowly to permanent homes Canada Goose Parka in the suburbs. Kandasamy, deputy commissioner of the city corporation.

canada goose deals are adjustments to be made, but they get good homes of their own, and they will have a Canada Goose Online far better quality of life than on the street, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

UNDER canada goose BRIDGES Nearly all of Chennai homeless have been on the streets for at least 20 years, while 75 percent have lived that way for more than 30 years, according to non profit Information and Resource Centre for Deprived Urban Communities (IRCDUC).

Most work as daily wage earners, making less than 300 rupees ($4.50) a day, IRCDUC survey showed. Less than half have birth certificates, and more than canada goose clearance sale a third don have government documents that entitle them to benefits such as subsidized food.

About a third of India 1.25 billion population live in cities, with numbers rising every year as tens of thousands of people leave villages to seek better prospects. Many end up in overcrowded slums, on the streets, and under bridges.

Up to 37 million households a quarter of India urban population live in informal housing including slums due to a Canada Goose sale critical shortage of affordable housing, according to a report last month from social consultancy FSG.

cheap Canada Goose can reverse or slow the pace of urbanization, so we need to address the issue of the urban homeless urgently now, before it gets any worse, said Vanessa Peter at IRCDUC.

It is a similar situation elsewhere: in 2014, more than half uk canada goose the global population lived in cities. By 2050, this figure is expected to rise to 66 percent.

canadian goose jacket Slums and informal settlements, which are home to more than 900 million people worldwide or nearly one in seven are emerging spontaneously as a and distinct type of settlement in the 21st century, buy canada goose jacket according to the UN.

In most Indian states, informal housing is neither defined nor addressed through policy. At the same time, relocation and redevelopment of slums have not kept pace.

SHUNTED OUT India Supreme Court in 2012 directed states to build shelters for the homeless, after a petition following deaths on the street in the Delhi winter.

canada goose store Tamil Nadu has only about a third of the required shelters, said Paul Sunder Singh, founder of non profit Karunalaya.

Canada Goose Outlet He set up the Pavement Dwellers Rights Association, which lobbies for welfare benefits and Canada Goose Coats On Sale permanent homes within a 3 km canada goose uk black friday (1.9 miles) radius of their current homes.

Canada Goose Parka are at best a temporary measure; what they need is a home, government documents that lets them avail of welfare canada goose uk shop benefits, and greater say in the process canada goose coats of building and allocating homes for the homeless, he said.

canada goose black friday sale are people with jobs, with kids in school and college. They are hard working people who contribute to society, and do not deserve to be ignored canada goose uk outlet or shunted out, he canada goose black friday sale said.

Increasingly though, street dwellers and those in informal settlements are being squeezed out as officials race canada goose clearance to modernize Indian cities with metro lines and WiFi hot spots.

A government plan to provide housing for all by 2022 is meant to create 20 million new urban housing units and 30 million rural homes.

buy canada goose jacket But the slow pace of implementation is leaving thousands homeless. More than 33,000 families living in urban areas across India were forcefully evicted from January 2015, according to advocacy group Housing and Land Rights Network.

canada goose clearance sale In Chennai, about 80 families have lived on one of three streets in Periamet, just a couple of miles from Barracks Street, in a neighborhood of hotels and offices for more than two decades. They do not even have shacks to call their own.

They keep their belongings in boxes on the side of the road or in doorways, sleep on handcarts at night, wash up at the hand pump and use public toilets. When it rains, they shelter canada goose store under sheets of plastic, said Shanthi V.

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