Bitter cold temperatures have already killed 34 people in northern India in 2009; many of these individuals were homeless. Homelessness is always at the forefront of a social activist's attention, but it's during the winter that the effects of homelessness are made most apparent.
Uttar Pradesh, one of India's poorest states, has a population of 180 million, 20% of whom are homeless. Pop-up mobile shelters have been developed around the world to provide a temporary place for the homeless to lay their heads. Such mobile shelters utilize innovative heating principles to help ward off cold-related deaths like those experienced in India this year.
Check out some other innovations specifically geared at the homeless in the slideshow below.
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Hilary Duff Feeds Edmonton Homeless
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Homeless People and Their Weblogs Start to Get High Tech
Registering Park Benches as Addresses in Ohio
Heat Map of the Homeless
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Homeless Musican Fashion Designers
The Crazy Robertson
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!
Secret Underground Home
Homeless "Mole Man"
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