FACTS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS
> Over half a million people are homeless. On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the U.S.
> One quarter of homeless people are children. HUD reports that on any given night, over 138,000 of the homeless in the U.S. are children under the age of 18.
> Tens of thousands of veterans are homeless. Over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night, nearly 5,000 are female.
> According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women. More than 90 percent of homeless women are victims of severe physical or sexual abuse, and escaping that abuse is a leading cause of their homelessness.
> In the last few years millions have lost their homes. Over 5 million homes have been foreclosed on since 2008; that’s one out of every 10 homes with a mortgage.
> One in five homeless people suffers from untreated severe mental illness. While about 6 percent of the general population suffers from severe mental illness, 20 to 25 percent of the homeless suffer from severe mental illness, according to government studies.