National Statistics

WHO ARE THE HOMELESS?

  • 633,782 homeless people were counted on a single night.1
  • As many as 3.5 million2 people experienced homelessness last year – or one out of every 100 citizens.3 The average American knows 600 people. 4
  • 40% of homeless men have served in the armed forces. 5
  • 39% of the homeless are children – more than 1 in 3. 6

WHY ARE THEY HOMELESS?

  • 8.2 million people want full-time jobs but are stuck in part-time jobs instead. 7
  • 11.8 million people are unemployed. 1 million have given up looking for jobs.8
  • Full-time work at the current minimum wage does not provide sufficient income for a modest rental unit in any county in America.9
  • Top causes of homelessness include: 10
    Mental illness and lack of services
    Lack of affordable housing
    Substance abuse and lack of needed services
    Low-paying job
    Domestic violence

WE CAN DO BETTER

  • 22% of all children in the U.S. now live in poverty, an all-time high.11
  • Only 3 developed countries have higher child poverty rates: Mexico, Chile and Turkey.12
  • The longer a child lives in poverty, the harder it is to escape later.13
  • In a 29-city survey of mayors, 27% of people needing emergency food assistance are turned away. 14

Sources

  1. portal.hud.gov - HUDNo.12-191
  2. nationalhomeless.org - How Many factsheet
  3. census.gov - Terms
  4. theatlanticwire.com - Real friends vs facebook friends
  5. nationalhomeless.org - Veterans factsheet
  6. nationalhomeless.org - Who factsheet
  7. latimes.com - Part-time worker ranks are growing, jobs report shows
  8. bls.gov - empsit.pdf
  9. nlihc.org 2012
  10. nationalhomeless.org - Why factsheet
  11. nccp.org - Child poverty
  12. pbs.org - By the numbers: childhood poverty in the U.S.
  13. nccp.org - text-911.pdf
  14. usmayors.org - 2011-hhreport.pdf