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Fast Facts About Homelessness and Poverty

 

  • Families comprise nearly 40% of all who are homeless.
  • According to the Department of Education, 1.3 million public school children ages 6-18 were homeless in the 2012-2013 school year. When younger children are added in, that number jumps to 2.5 million children, or 1 in every 30.
  • According to the 2014 US Conference of Mayors report, Family homelessness increased by 3%.
  • 73% of the cities reporting in the 2014 Mayor's Report, had to turn away homeless families with children because of a lack of available shelter beds.
  • Among families who are homeless with children, the majority cited the lack of affordable housing, followed by unemployment poverty, and low-paying jobs.
  • 51% of homeless children are under the age of 6.
  • A child is born into poverty every 33 seconds.
  • Nearly 15% of Americans live in poverty, including one in five children (nearly 20%), the second highest rate in the industrialized world.
  • Almost 60% of Americans¬†will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point between ages 25 and 75.
  • There is no city or county anywhere in the United States where a worker making the minimum wage can afford a fair market rate one-bedroom apartment.
  • 2 million additional American children will fall victim to the foreclosure crisis over the next two years.

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