Facts About Homelessness
For many Americans, the word "homeless" evokes
a snapshot of a transient individual. In fact, the picture of homelessness
in America today is a family portrait: children and families make up the
fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
Families with children comprise nearly 40% of all who are homeless on any given night.
(Family Promise 2010)
Did You Know?
- According to the 2010 US Conference of Mayors report, Family homelessness increased by 9%.
- 68% of the cities reporting in the 2010 Mayor's report, had to turn away homeless families with children because of a lack of available shelter beds.
- Among families who are homeless with children, the majority cited loss of a job as the cause, followed by the lack of affordable housing, poverty, low-paying jobs and domestic violence.
- 42% of homeless children are under the age of 6 and a child is born into poverty every 33 seconds.
- Almost 60% of Americans will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point between ages 25 and 75.
- Nearly half of homeless children either have
witnessed or have been subjected to violence in their home.
- 2 million additional children will fall victim to the foreclosure crisis over the next two years.
Homelessness today, then, is not a housing issue;
it is an education issue, a children's issue, and a family issue due to a shortage of affordable housing, poverty and job loss or underemployed.
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