Layne Smith

Statistics in the United States

-An estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide

-Estimated homeless figures in the United States range from 600,000 to 2.5 million

-1.37 million of the total homeless population in USA are children under the age of 18. 40% are families with children, 41% are single males, 14% are single females

"Homeless Statistics." Homeless World Cup. N.p., 01 Jan. 2000. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

"Where The Homeless Are (And Are Not)." Zero Hedge. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

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Why People Become Homeless

There are many reasons why people become homeless.

These include:

-Loss of employment


-Long-term illness

Others include

-Domestic violence

-Substance abuse

-Institutional discharge

-Many other factors that make it difficult, if not impossible, for people to pay rent or make mortgage payments.

Factors that contribute to homelessness include lack of affordable housing, lack of preventative services to keep people from losing their housing, and inadequate treatment programs for those suffering from substance abuse and mental illness.

"Why Are People Homeless?" National Coalition for the Homeless. N.p., 15 Dec. 2011. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.

"Reports and Briefs The American Almanac at a Glance - See More At: Http://www.icphusa.org/index.asp?page=16&report=119#sthash.7ijQBjDj.dpuf." ICPH. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

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