Costa Rica

Asociacion Escuchando Gente Sin Hogar

Asociación Escuchando Gente Sin Hogar is a non-profit organisation, established in 2008. It helps change lives of people recovering from substance abuse, homeless people, including immigrants, and street paper vendors, through football.

Their national ambassadors are Costa Rican football legends Róger Flores and Hernán Medford, who sometimes help with training sessions.

Organisation Details

Participants

People recovering from substance abuse, homeless people, including homeless immigrants

Location

San José, San Francisco Dos Ríos

Homelessness Statistics

1,080
People are homeless in San Jose
5,300
Families living in slums

Costa Rica’s poverty rate of 20-25% has remained the same for nearly 20 years. The country has the unemployment rate of 7.9% (World Vision, 2014). One of the biggest issues related to the problem of homelessness in Costa Rica is substance abuse, especially among the youth.