According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 3.5 million adults and children are homeless over the course of a year.
This astonishing statistic has inspired a number of designers and innovators to create solutions to raise the comfort level of the homeless and awareness of their situation. From pop-up inflatable homeless shelters to mobile homes for the homeless, there are quite a few innovations that aim to improve a homeless person's condition.
Unfortunately, not all of the homeless innovations in the slideshow below are positive. There are also a handful of disturbing viral news stories about the homeless, including teen 'sport' killings and bumvertising.
From Pop-Up Inflatable Shelters to Bumvertising
"Bum Bot" Shoos away Homeless
Teen 'Sport Killings' of Homeless On the Rise
Sleeping in Bank Entrances
ATM Hotels Are Gold Cards for the Homeless On Cold Winter Nights
Homeless in SF Get Phone & Voice Mail
Online Promos for Panhandlers
"Pimp This Bum!" Helps Houston Homeless Man
Beards as Christmas Metaphors
Coca Cola's Hobo Holiday Ads
Hilary Duff Feeds Edmonton Homeless
Hobo Soup Is Hot!
Homeless By Choice
Student Lives In His Truck for 19 Months
Registering Park Benches as Addresses in Ohio
Homeless People and Their Weblogs Start to Get High Tech
Heat Map of the Homeless
Can You Say Big Brother?
Compassion Through Metaphors
Brazilian Organization Uses Comparisons for the Homeless
Living in Golf Cars
Homeless Move to Golf-Carts in Palm Springs
Homeless Musican Fashion Designers
The Crazy Robertson
Robots For The Homeless
Transformer Guerrilla Sleeping Spaces For the Shelterless
Homeless Branded as Living Advertisements
Guerrilla Campaign for Homeless
The Urban Shell Shelter for the Homeless
Guerrilla Poverty Ads
Homeless Father Bob Bins
A mobile "home" for the homeless
they deserve some design too!
Eco Poverty Camping
Tents and Tarps Give Hope to the Homeless in Dignity Village
Luxury for the Homeless (UPDATE)
Faux-Cardboard or Clochard Duvet Covers
Secret Underground Home
Homeless "Mole Man"
Clever Street Solicitations That Are Sure to Turn Some Heads
Cardboard Box Beds
Nikolay Suslov Designs for Nomads and the Homeless
10 Formerly-Homeless Celebrity Icons
Alternative Homeless Shelters
The EDAR Project Provides Mini Mobile Units
Inflatable Homeless Shelters
The ParaSITE Project