March 10, 2012

homeless kids

The deinstitutionalized homeless are those who are released from hospital, prison with no place to go.

About 12.5 million households risk the possibility of becoming homeless because of the high cost of housing and very low paying jobs.

Many people leave their homes voluntarily or forcefully. For example, battered women, and runaway teens.

Many people are homeless because of a natural disaster, which makes their homes uninhabitable for a long period of time.

Homeless who experience sexual abuse have higher rates of substance abuse.

About 40 percent of homeless work part or full time during any given month.

Homeless people have a greatly increased risk of death.

Children who are homeless on any given night ranges from 61,500 to 500,000.

The majority of homeless population are people of color.

Approximate 2 to 3 million people experience an episode of homelessness during a given year.

Single women with children represents one of the most rapidly growing group of the homeless population.

According to a 2011 report from Amnesty International, approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless, many of them veterans. It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the country.

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