Getting a job will keep someone out of homelessness.
Homelessness is a long-term problem.
Homelessness is always related to mental illness.
Most homeless people are addicted to drugs and alcohol.
The homeless are older and single.
Homelessness is only a problem in big cities.
Homeless people live on the streets.
Homelessness is going away.
650,000 people in the US are homeless at any given time
California reported the largest increase in homelessness in the nation from 2016 to 2017 with 16,136 additional people experiencing homelessness on a given night. Total number lived unhoused in 2017 was 134,278.
About 25% of people who are unhoused are children.
Unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 total 4,800 nationally.
24% of individuals and 5% of people in families meet the definition of being chronically homeless.
Although recent numbers indicate hope, thousands of individuals who are unhoused are veterans. A total of 57,00 of them chronically homeless.
Lack of affordable housing is the primary cause of homelessness.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women.
Many people are homeless because they cannot afford rent. There are fewer places for poor people to rent than before.
Approximately 20% of all people who are homeless suffer from untreated mental illness, much higher than 6% of the general population.
People who are unhoused are often perceived as violent but are in fact victims of attacks.
Providing people with homes costs less than leaving them homeless.