homeless poverty

Homelessness / Poverty Statistics

Homeless Poverty Statistics Data
Number of homeless people in the US 1,750,000
Average monthly income for a homeless individual $348
Percent of homeless that do not get enough to eat daily 28 %
Percent of homeless that did paid work during the past month 44 %
Percent of homeless that have problems with alcohol, drug abuse, or mental illness 66 %
Percent of homeless persons that have been sexually assaulted 7 %
Percent of homeless that have been homeless for more than two (2) years 30 %
Percent of homeless women that are unaccompanied / have no partner 40 %
Percent of homeless women claim to have been abused within the past year. 25 %
Percent of homeless women who claim domestic abuse as the reason for their homelessness 22 %
Percent of homeless population that are Veterans / Vets 40 %
Percent of homeless persons who are employed 25 %
Number of Americans who now live in hunger or on the edge of hunger 31,000,000
Percent of people in a soup kitchen line who are children 20 %
Number of families who are lodging nightly in city shelters in New York City 6,252
Number of children in the U.S. who live below poverty level. 12,000,000
Annual number of food stamp recipients who are children 9,300,000
Percent of cities surveyed that identified domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness 46 %
Percent of the adult homeless population that suffer from a severe and persistent mental illness 22 %
Percent of homeless persons who have a mental illness that requires institutionalization 6 %
Demographic make-up of the homeless population Percent
Single Men 44 %
Single Women 13 %
Families with Children 36 %
Unaccompanied Minors 7 %
Racial breakdown of homeless population Percent
African-American 50 %
White 35 %
Hispanic 12 %
Native American 2 %
Asian 1 %

Homelessness is the condition of people without a regular dwelling. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure, and adequate housing, or lack "fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence."

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Source: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
Research Date: April 20th, 2015

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