Facts

Did you know...

  • Approximately 643,067 people are homeless on any given night in the U.S. (as of 2009).
  • Roughly 1 in every 200 persons in the US uses a shelter system at some point in the year.
  • 1 out of every 3 homeless people are under the age of 18.
  • Approximately half of all runaways were physically abused before fleeing home.
  • In 2007, 12.5% of the U.S. population, or 37,300,00 million people, lived in poverty.
  • Homeless who experience sexual abuse have higher rates of substance abuse.
  • About 40 percent of homeless work part or full time during any given month.
  • Approximate 2 to 3 million people experience an episode of homelessness during a given year.
  • There is not enough emergency shelter to meet the need.
  • Polls found that 60 percent of those surveyed indicated a willingness to pay more taxes to help people who are homeless.

Do you need help?

Department of Housing

Homeless Shelters Directory

Domestic Abuse Help

Child Abuse Help


For more information, please visit these sources:

National Coalition for the Homeless

DoSomething.org