What Are Some Interesting Statistics About Homeless People in the United States?


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According to the 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that total figure, 206,286 were people in families and 358,422 were individuals. About 8 percent of the homeless population, or 47,725 individuals, are veterans. Significantly more men experience homelessness than women, with 60 percent of homeless individuals identified as male.

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Of the 564,708 homeless people in 2015, 48 percent were white, 40 percent were African American, and roughly 20 percent were of Hispanic origin.

Sheltered homeless people make up the majority of the homeless population in the United States, with a total of 36.4 percent of individuals and 32.9 percent of families having access to regular shelter as of 2015. In contrast, 27 percent of individuals and 3.6 percent of families had no access to shelter.

While over 68 percent of homeless people in the United States were over 24 years old in 2015, 22.6 percent, or 127,787 individuals, were under 18.

About 15 percent of the homeless population in the United States is considered to be chronically homeless. Of this figure, about 2 percent, or 13,105 people, are in chronically homeless families.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development classifies people as chronically homeless if they have experienced homelessness for over a year, or if they have experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in three years and have a disability.

The figures in the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress come from a nationwide point-in-time count conducted every other year on a single night in January.

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