Homelessness in Kenya

Home is the base where everything begins.

Having a place you can call home means that you have a place you can seek shelter, comfort, peace, and more. A home is a place you can find love and happiness and possibly a place you feel safe and can truly be yourself. Home means you have a future. When you have a stable home, you can think beyond where you are going to live from week to week, and you can begin to look ahead to where you want to go.


Definitions of homelessness vary widely globally. However, a simple definition of homelessness is the state of having no home, or inadequate housing, and is caused by one or more of the following factors:

  • Poverty
  • Loss of home
  • Displacement due to a catastrophic event such as fire or a flood
  • Eviction
  • Breakup of the family due to a divorce or death
  • Political violence

Homelessness by the numbers

  • In 2005, the global estimate of homeless people by the United Nations Organization was 100 million.
  • In 2015, Habitat for Humanity reported that there were 1.6 billion people globally living in inadequate housing. Their census included people living in shelters and slums (also referred to as the hidden homeless).

Homelessness in Kenya

  • In 2012, Habitat for Humanity reported that there were 2,000,000 homeless Kenyans, half of whom were children.
  • Homeless people in Kenya are found mostly in urban areas where they either live on the streets or in slums.
  • Street children are part of the homeless community

Additional Resources on Homelessness in Kenya

Homeless International: Kenya 
Quick Facts About Homelessness in Kenya
Homes and Homelessness in Kenya

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