Fast Facts About Homelessness and Poverty


  • Families comprise nearly 40% of all who are homeless.
  • According to the 2010 US Conference of Mayors report, Family homelessness increased by 9%.
  • 68% of the cities reporting in the 2010 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 loss of a job as the cause, followed by the lack of affordable housing, poverty, low-paying jobs and domestic violence.
  • 42% of homeless children are under the age of 6.
  • A child is born into poverty every 33 seconds.
  • Families with children comprise one of the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population today.
  • More than 15% of Americans live in poverty, including one in five children (22%), the 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.
  • The cost of rent and utilities for a typical two-bedroom apartment increased 41% from 2000 to 2009.
  • 2 million additional American children will fall victim to the foreclosure crisis over the next two years.

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