How does a family in poverty acquire a place to live?

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The family of one of my children may need to look for a new place to live. (They may have to leave the place they are currently living in.) What is that like for a family who can only afford food? From what I read in the past, people in poor countries construct a shack in a row of shacks in the poor part of town. In our country, people rent, live in a hotel, or move in with friends. And, yes, in larger towns some go to shelters or live on the streets.

In reality, what are the possibilities for a family living in poverty? What does a rough shelter cost in a country such as Guatemala? What does just a piece of land cost? Would a sponsor's donation of a family gift come close to doing anything to help? Or would it be way to little to be able to make a difference regarding a housing issue? I'm so glad to see my sponsored children have the local churches and Compassion centers to assist in making big decisions like these. I would hate to see this particular child have to leave the area in which he is receiving help from. I just wonder, in reality, what the options look like.

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