Statistics about the female demographic within the homeless community show that 60 percent of homeless women have children under the age of 18, "but only 65 percent of them live with at least one of their children," according to GreenDoors.org. The average homeless family is made up of a mother in her late twenties with two children.
According to a 2005 study conducted by the Thurston County Homeless Point-in-Time Census Report, the leading cause of homelessness among women and children within half of the examined cities was domestic violence. As of 2013, more than 90 percent of homeless women are physical or sexual abuse victims. Homeless victims of abuse typically end up in shelters or on the streets due to fears that their attackers may find out where they are located if staying at a friend or family's home.
Female-headed families make up 84 percent of homeless families. This is due to several factors: one being that 71 percent of single-parent families are female-headed and are extremely vulnerable to homelessness due to lower levels of income. Women and families comprise 34 percent of the total homeless population, and are considered the fastest growing segment within the homeless population.
Because homeless women live in shelters and on the streets, they are at higher risk of illness and injury. They are also "less likely to obtain needed health care than women who are not homeless," according to ACOG.org.