Homelessness in Papua New Guinea Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_Papua_New_Guinea

Homelessness in Papua New Guinea is a significant issue in Port Moresby, the nation's capital city.[1]

Youth homelessness[edit]

It is estimated that the homeless population in the nation's capital includes over 5,000 homeless children. The government and charities working in the region state that migration from rural to urban areas are a leading cause for the rise in homelessness.[2]

Working street children[edit]

One study on working street children in Papua New Guinea surveyed 324 children, of which seven percent were currently living on the street, but overall, 51% had been living on the street at one point in the past.[3]

Following natural disasters[edit]

Other instances of homelessness include families who have lost their homes due to natural disasters. In 2017, around 500 people became homeless following floods in the Eastern Highlands Province.[4]

In 2007, some 13,000 people became homeless following flooding in the Northern Province.[5]

Government responses[edit]

  • National Office of Child and Family Service (NOCFS) is tasked with providing a response to homelessness.[2]


  • Lukautim Pikinini (Child) Act 2009[2]

Active charities[edit]

  • Life Care PNG[2]


  1. ^ "Growth, Costs and Opportunities of Homelessness in Papua New Guinea". www.hausples.com.pg.
  2. ^ a b c d "PNG Government vows to find shelter for Port Moresby's homeless children". ABC News. 26 March 2018.
  3. ^ Kritoe Keleba with Nancy Sullivan. Working Street Children of Papua New Guinea. Department for Community Development, Child Welfare Branch. 2010.
  4. ^ "500 Homeless In PNG's Eastern Highlands Province After Flooding - Pacific Islands Report". www.pireport.org.
  5. ^ Marshall, Will. "Papua New Guinea flood leaves thousands homeless".