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.
Good insights into the plight of homeless youths.
To effectively prevent and end youth homelessness in the United States, government, private agencies, and philanthropy need to know what to invest in. What Works to End Youth Homelessness, a report just released by the National Network for Youth, works to educate the public and policymakers about the existing effective interventions and services for homeless youth. While there is not extensive research, there is a great deal of data and broad practice knowledge from the field. Also featured are program level snapshots that highlight, at a program level, unique aspect of the population and how program services are accessed.