When I think of poverty in a global sense, I imagine slums like the shantytowns of Nairobi or the favelas of Sao Paulo. I see rickety shacks precariously hugging dirt hills and sad-looking children drinking dirty water.
Never would I imagine that America’s two largest cities rank among the top five cities worldwide with the largest homeless populations. Los Angeles is ranked third, just behind second-ranked New York City.
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, holds the top spot with the largest homeless population in the world. The important distinction between cities like Manila and those in first-world countries is that poorer nations don’t have the resources to house their homeless citizens.
Wealthier countries, like America, do.