Have you ever wondered how people live in different parts of the world but haven’t had the chance to travel? Jeanne Ballantine was gracious enough to attend our weekly Incubator Meeting and discuss with us the different types of housing she has seen in different countries during her travels on a teaching ship.
Jeanne began by discussing homelessness around the world, and the many reasons why people may become homeless in certain regions. These reasons may include high rental fees, evictions, foreclosure, family rejection, job loss, or drug use. Later, Jeanne showed us the locations of the top 15 homeless locations in the world, with Athens, Greece at number fifteen and Manila, Philippines at number one. The most shocking fact was that three of the locations that experience the most homelessness are located in the United States. One of the most homeless places in the US is in our very own state, Boston, coming in at number eleven.
The location in which you live often dictates the type of housing you have. For example, if you live in a region that experiences a lot of flooding or is home to dangerous predators, homes are often built in the trees or on stilts to protect people.
In many countries ‘tiny houses’ are becoming a more popular option. These houses are typically between 200 and 600 square feet and are built on trailers so they are easily movable to different locations. Tiny houses are much more affordable and energy efficient compared to a house or an apartment which makes them very attractive to those just starting out or to people who are looking to live minimally.
Other homes Jeanne showed us included Alaskan Inuit Villages, tents on the beach, huts on top of garbage dumps in India, Portuguese Colonial houses in Brazil, Vietnamese floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, Bedouin camps in Israel, as well as Kibbutz.
By: Lauren White