Homelessness/Poverty Fact Sheet


  •  The three most cited reasons for family homelessness are: 1) Lack of affordable housing, 2) unemployment, and 3) poverty.

 

  • 2.5 million children will experience homelessness this year in America.

 

  • 1 in 30 children in the United States experience homelessness annually.

 

  • Nearly 1.3 million school children were homeless in school year 2014-15.

 

  • 51% of homeless children are under age 5 and, therefore, too young for school and are not counted.

 

  • 37% of all homeless persons nationwide are families with children; in New Jersey, they are more than 50% of all homeless persons.

 

  • Homeless families are often hidden from our view—they are living in shelters, cars, campgrounds, or doubled up in overcrowded apartments.

 

  • More than 43 million people (1 in 7) in the U.S. live below the poverty line.

 

  • 1 in 5  U.S. children under age 18, or nearly 15 million, live in poverty.

 

  • In 2000, 12 million U.S. children (17%) lived in poverty.  By 2015, that number had grown to 15 million (21%).

 

  • The poverty line for a family of four is $24,300.

 

  • A worker needs to earn $11.68/hour to reach the poverty level for a family of four.

 

  • A renter needs to earn $21.21/hour to afford a two-bedroom rental in the U.S.

 

  • In only 12 counties in the country can a worker making the federal minimum wage afford a Fair Market Rent, one-bedroom apartment.

 

  • 11 million households now pay more than 50% of their income for housing–an increase of 20% since 2007.

 

  • Only 25% of those eligible for federal housing assistance receive help, due to lack of funding.

 

  • For every ten extremely low income households, there are only three affordable rentals available on the market.

 

  • To meet the needs of low-income families, we need 4.5 million affordable housing units added to the current supply.

 

  • In America, just over 16 million children live in households where they have to skip meals or eat less to make ends meet.

 

  • Two-thirds of poor children live in families in which at least one family member works.

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