Greater Bangkok, a sprawling metropolis with more than 10 million people, has just 1,300 homeless people, a 2016 survey found. On the other hand, San Francisco has less than one-tenth Bangkok’s population but six times as many homeless people.
In Hong Kong and Japan, McDonald’s has “doors are always open” policy. People, who can’t afford a place to live, take advantage of this policy and “live” in McDonald’s. Because of this, they are called McRefugees.
Seattle has a “tiny house” village that homeless residents can use to sleep, eat and shower. It costs residents $90 a month to cover utilities, and is designed to help them get back on their feet.
In 1975, Jackson, Mississippi had two problems: how to feed the homeless cost-effectively, and how to get rid of the pigeons whose numbers were getting out of control. So the local government came up with a solution: to trap the pigeons and feed them to the homeless. However, many of the homeless refused to eat pigeons. The director of the rescue mission admitted the birds were “tough” and “the taste was strange,” but hoped the flavor would improve if prepared in a pressure cooker.
A homeless man was offered $100 or the chance to learn how to code by a stranger. He chose how to code and released an app.
A Catholic Church in San Francisco installed a water system above its doorways to drench homeless people who tried to sleep there.
A statue of ‘homeless Jesus’ sleeping on a bench was installed in Orlando where the homeless are banned from sleeping on benches.
Homeless girl named Khadijah Williams went to Harvard. She attended 12 schools in 12 years; lived out of garbage bags among pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers. She was accepted to more than 20 universities before choosing Harvard.
Hundreds of people – mainly homeless and drug addicts – and all of whom are HIV positive, are living in a community in the sewers below Romania’s capital Bucharest.