10 Facts About Homelessness: Fact 1

The Huffington Post printed an article about homelessness back in October, 2014. Some of the statistics supplied by HUD, The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) , the University of Pennsylvania and others, are staggering.
They have inspired me to create a series of memes sharing these 10 facts over the next two weeks.

The Rest of the Series
Fact 2 : 1/4 of homeless people are children.
Fact 3: 57,000 veterans are homeless each night.
Fact 4: Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness in women.
Fact 5: Many people are homeless because they cannot afford rent.
Fact 6: There fewer places for poor people to rent than before.
Fact 7: In the past few years, millions have lost their homes.
Fact 8: The government does not help as much as you think.
Fact 9: 1 in 5 homeless people suffer from severe mental illness.
Fact 10:  Cities are increasingly making homelessness a crime.