Who is homeless?
Older adults (over 62)
Families with young children
Young men and women
Virtually every segment of society is affected!
The reasons are many - poverty, job loss, foreclosures, evictions, domestic violence, lack of health care and support services, lack of affordable housing, skyrocketing prices for everything from groceries to gasoline - and the list goes on.
Difficulties in finding employment can be compounded due to:
Lack of a residential address to put on job application;
Perhaps no phone number for potential employer to call for an interview;
May not have access to showers, hygiene products, clean clothes, etc. to present well at interview; and
Lack of transportation options.
Each person has their own personal story to tell!
The numbers are astounding!
Fact: Only five states account for more than half of the homeless population in the United States.
California (22%) - 136,826 people
New York (13%) - 77,430 people
Florida (8%) - 47,862 people
Texas (5%) - 29,615 people
Massachusetts (3%) - 19,029 people
Fact: One out of every 50 American children are homeless each year, according to a recent report by The National Center on Family Homelessness.
Fact: 224,000 California school children were homeless in 2007-2008, reports The California Department of Education.
Fact: Over the course of one year, approximately 190,200 men, women and children will experience homelessness in Los Angeles County. Fewer than 20% of these people can be accommodated in shelter beds on any given night.
Fact: At any point in time, 57, 737 people are homeless in Los Angeles County. This is a 15% increase over 2011.
Fact: For the estimated 21,000 homeless people in Orange County, there are approximately 400 shelter beds available.
Fact: There are 817 unaccompanied youth under the age of 18 on the streets of Los Angeles County. 716 of these youths are unsheltered (87.6%).
Fact: Experts estimate that an additional 1.5 million Americans may experience homelessness over the next two years due directly to effects of the current recession.
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