Who is homeless?

The US Conference of Mayors’ 2006 Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness found that in the United States:

30 percent of the homeless population is families with children

51 percent are single men

17 percent are single women

2 percent are unaccompanied minors

71 percent of homeless families are headed by a single parent

13 percent are employed

9 percent are veterans

26 percent have drug and alcohol addictions

16 percent suffer from mental illness

37 percent of adults requesting emergency food assistance are employed

People remain homeless an average of 8 months

Requests for assisted housing by low-income families and individuals increased by 86 percent in 1 year.


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