What is Shelter Home?

Understanding Homelessness: –

A shelter home is usually where people stay temporarily based on an urgent need or emergency. A private person or government-aided hostels can organize these shelter homes. Most people who don’t have shelter or are homeless or vulnerable are in an emergency situation; they can approach shelter homes. Basically, it’s the responsibility of the government to protect the neglected and homeless members of society by providing them shelter homes. The concept of shelter homes does not just end here because the “Juvenile Justice Act” empowers the state government to recognize organizations and assist them in setting up and running shelter homes for innocent children, women, and other marginalized people who are in need of protection. These shelter homes also work as night shelters for people who urgently need such support.

Currently, because of the winter season, these shelter homes play a very important role for poor people because these shelter homes provide them security, resources, and other services for their protection. But in contrary to this, just imagine in the 21st century, there are so many people who are unfortunate that they don’t even have houses to live in. Imagine when the whole world is suffering from the pandemic; the famous slogan “stay home, stay safe” was the message for everyone to stop the spread of the virus; there are people who don’t have a home where they can protect themselves from these deadly viruses. People who were homeless suffered the most during the pandemic because they didn’t have any other means except the helping hands of the state government.

Search for food and shelter on google: –

During the lockdown, in India, Google added a new feature to its search bar and maps, to list night shelters and food shelters in many contaminated-affected Indian cities. These arrangements were developed with the help of the government, the google search results show the list of shelters run by the government and can be accessed on google maps and google assistant as well. All this means that these shelter homes play a very important role in society even though they have limited use.

Law: –

Under section 6 of the Domestic Violence Act, the duties of shelter home are mentioned where if an aggrieved person or on her behalf protection officer request the person in charge of a shelter home to provide shelter to the aggrieved person, then such person in charge of the shelter home must provide the same to the aggrieved person.

Furthermore, section 37 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 mentioned about the shelter home. It has been stated in the law that state governments recognize reputed or capable voluntary organizations and provide them assistance to set up as many shelter homes for the juveniles as may be required. These shelter homes should also have facilities as may be prescribed by the law.

“At the end of the day, everyone deserves the roof above their head even though they cannot earn it”.


  1. GUPTA S, ‘What Is Shelter Home: Meaning In Domestic Violence Act, Shelter Home List’ (Housing News, 2021) <https://housing.com/news/shelter-home/&gt; accessed 4 January 2022
  2. Section 6. Domestic Violence Act, Duties of shelter homes
  3. Section 37. Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, Shelter homes.

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