Throughout the past decade, we have seen a surge in homelessness across the country, with thousands being unable to afford food or shelter.
But, this week, an incredible new development has the world feeling warm and fuzzy...
The heartwarming update comes from Instagram.
As new technology has given a homeless man a home.
Could this be a potential solution to homelessness in the future?
Just wait until you see the pictures...
Sadly, homelessness has been on the rise for over a decade.
via: Getty ImagesWith the current economic climate making it harder for people to keep up with their rent, the issue is getting out of hand.
And don't even get us started on owning your own home.
via: Getty ImagesJudging by the rate of inflation, the younger generation won't be able to own their own home in their lifetime.
Statistics have shown that this is more than just a national crisis...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Annual Homeless Assessment Report, in 2018, on a given night, there were over 553,000 homeless people in the United States. And that was only on that one night.
Countries around the globe are divided on how to deal with the issue effectively.
via: Getty ImagesNational reports have shown that over 2 percent of the world's population is homeless - if that had to be converted into a solid figure, it would range between 150-160 million people.
However, these reports also disclose that twenty percent of the world's population lacks adequate housing.
via: Getty ImagesThat equates to almost 1.6 billion people.
With these statistics in mind, it's easier to understand that some people may not be as fortunate as us...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's easy to brand them as lazy or idle, but when the current job sector is already overflowing with candidates, it becomes a more difficult task trying to get on the ladder.
But, sometimes, all that the homeless need is a chance.
via: Getty Images
And one new housing project is proving just that ...
Icon Building has started its community first village near Austin, Texas.
And now a homeless man has found a home in one of the residences.
There are more than five-hundred homes in the development.
They're four-hundred-square-feet and 3-D-printed with Icon's Vulcan II printer.
Each features one bedroom, one bath, a kitchen, a living room, and an outdoor porch.
"I hope I stay here until my last dying days," says Tim Shea.
"When I found out I'd be the first person in America to move into a 3-D-printed home, I thought it was pretty awesome."
"The very people I used to run away from, I'm running to. If you've been on both sides of the fence, you know some people just need a little encouragement and support."
"I feel like I am embraced in this house. There are no tight corners, it's rounded, it feels like it envelops me. I just love sitting in there and looking at the interior of it. It's just a very comfortable, very warm, welcoming place, and I am so proud to be living in it."
"It's just a miracle to me to be living there in a house this beautiful," Shea said. "I could never have imagined from where I came from that I would ever have this beautiful place to live in."