Homeless

10 Facts

HUD reports that on any given night over 138,000 of the homeless in the US are children under the age of 18

In September 2014 that local school districts reported there are over one million homeless children in public schools.

On a single night in January 2014, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness in the United States

Sixty-nine percent of those who were homeless were in sheltered locations and 31 percent were found in unsheltered locations

Between 2013 and 2014, homelessness among veterans declined by 11 percent (or 5,846)

34% of the homeless population is young people under 24

32% of runaway and homeless youth have attempted suicide at some point in their lives

About 9 percent of homeless people- 49,933 - are veterans

The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that during a year approximately 550,000 unaccompanied, single youth and young adults up to the age of 24 experience a homelessness episode of longer than one week

About 80% of homeless youth (aged 12-21) use drugs or alcohol as a means to self-medicate to deal with the traumatic experiences and abuse they face.