Homeless

On any given night in America / US, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless

The homeless population is made up of: Single men 44 percent of the homeless, single women 13 percent, families with children 36 percent, and unaccompanied minors seven percent (7%). The homeless population is about 50 percent African-American, 35 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Native American and 1 percent Asian Single homeless individuals in 1996 reported an average income of $348 during the last 30 days, about 51 percent of the 1996 federal poverty level of $680/month for one person. 28% of adults said they sometimes or often do not get enough to eat, compared with 12% of poor American adults. 44 percent did paid work during the past month. 66 percent of the homeless have problems with alcohol, drug abuse, or mental illness. 7 percent have been sexually assaulted. 30 percent have been homeless for more than two years. 3.5 million people (1.35 million of which are children) will experience homelessness in a given year Children under the age of 18 account for 39% of the homeless population. 42% of these are under the age of 5 43% of the homeless population are women 40% of homeless women are unaccompanied / have no partner 25% of homeless women claim to have been abused within the past year. 22% of homeless women claim domestic abuse as reason for their homelessness Families with children comprise 33% of the homeless population. National Homeless Estimates: 700,000 per night; 2 million/year. 31 million Americans now live in hunger or on the edge of hunger. Families are the largest and fastest growing segment of the homeless population. 40% of homeless men have served in the armed forces, as compared to 34% of the general adult male population. One in seven (1 out of 7) homeless people previously served in the military (are veterans).