How many people are homeless
- 637,000 adults on a given week SAMHSA (1996);
- 2.1 million adults in a given year. (SAMHSA (1996); 3.5 million at some point during the year. NH
How long people remain homeless (1996) SAMHSA:
- 80% exit homelessness within 3 weeks;
- 10% stay homeless for up to 2 months;
- 10% are "chronically" homeless.
Who make up the homeless SAMSHA:
- 66% are single adults;
- 11% are parents with children;
- 23% are children under 18 with a parent;
- 40% are families (according to U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2003 as published by NH);
- 39% are children (according to Urban Institute, as published by NH).
Ethnic Background NH
- 49% African American
- 35% Caucasian
- 13% Hispanic
Drug and mental health problems SAMSHA
- 38% have alcohol use problems;
- 26% have other drug use problems;
- 39% have mental health problems;
- 66% report either substance use and/or mental health problems.
- 44% of homeless work at least part time.
Where the facts are from:
Census - US Census Bureau - government site
NCH - National Coalition for the Homeless - nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness
SAMSHA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - government site
Other sites for more info:
Updated March 2007
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