Due to the extreme winters you really don't see homeless people in Samara. One year though we spent a whole summer in Samara (we usually didn't because we would return to the States to renew our visas). It was then that we began to notice homeless people. There was an open field near to where we lived and some homeless camped out there. It seemed so hopeless for them because they were all so drunk and drugged. The majority of Russians just turn a blind eye to these people. I found the following article online: Russia's Invisible Children The statistics for homeless children are staggering and the pictures are devastating. The article is 3 pages long so if you read it make sure you click all the way through.