Facts about Poverty and Homelessness

Posted: December 9, 2010 in Awareness

These facts come from St. Vincent’s De Paul

Real wages have declined by 19% over the past 30 years for workers with less than a high school diploma.
Atlas of Poverty in America

58% experience violence during homelessness in Montgomery County.
Homeless Solutions, 10-Year Plan, Montgomery County, Ohio

In Dayton, only 3% of the homeless are defined as chronically homeless.
Homeless Solutions, 10-Year Plan, Montgomery County, Ohio

A shortage of safe, affordable housing is the #1 cause of homelessness in Montgomery County.
Homeless Solutions, 10-Year Plan, Montgomery County, Ohio

Only 20% of the homeless population is chronically homeless. The rest are experiencing short-term crises.
National Coalition for the Homeless

Children account for 17% of nation’s sheltered homeless.
National Coalition for the Homeless

18% of U.S. children live in poverty.
National Poverty Center

More than 90 percent of sheltered and low-income mothers have experienced physical and sexual assault over their lifespan.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

40% of homeless men are veterans.
National Coalition for the Homeless

22% of those in urban homeless shelters are employed.
National Coalition for the Homeless

A minimum-wage worker would have to work 89 hours each week to afford a two-bedroom apartment at 30% of his or her income, which is the federal definition of affordable housing.
National Low Income Housing Coalition

Lack of affordable housing leads the list of causes of homelessness identified by city officials. Other causes cited, in order of frequency include low-paying jobs, mental illness and the lack of needed services, substance abuse and the lack of needed services, domestic violence, unemployment, poverty, and prisoner re-entry.
National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness

People remain homeless an average of seven months.
National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness

30% of foster children could be reunited with their families if they had decent, affordable housing.
Child Welfare League of America

2.5 million very low-income families with children have severe housing cost burdens and pay more than 50 percent of their income for housing costs.
Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

Compared to other children, homeless children have twice as many ear infections, four times as many asthma attacks, five times more stomach problems, six times as many speech problems, and twice as many hospitalizations – including 60% percent more emergency room visits.
National Center on Family Homelessness

33% of homeless children lack essential immunizations. 27% of homeless children have never seen a dentist.
National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness

Within a year, 41% of homeless children will attend two different schools; 28% of homeless children will attend three or more different schools.
National Center on Family Homelessness

27% of adult homeless clients reported a history of living in foster care, a group home or other institutional setting for part of their childhood.
National Policy and Action Council on Homelessness

16% of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe and persistent mental illness
U.S. Conference of Mayors

In a study of 777 homeless parents (the majority of whom were mothers) in ten U.S. cities, 22% said they had left their last place of residence because of domestic violence.
Homes for the Homeless

More than 40% of homeless people qualify for disability benefits but fewer than 11% receive them.
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Disabled adults are 38% of the U. S. shelter population versus 17% the total adult population
National Coalition for the Homeless

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