According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, over 580,000 people experience homelessness on any given night in the United States,
- Chronic homelessness is the term given to individuals that experience long-term or repeated bouts of homelessness.
- There are over 100,000 homeless individuals with chronic patterns of homelessness, equalling 27 percent of the total population of homeless individuals.
- Since 2007, the number of individuals with patterns of chronic homelessness has declined 8 percent. However, between 2019 and 2020 this number increased by 15 percent.
- Over 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.
- 70% of the entire homeless population are men.
- African Americans make up 13 percent of the general population, but more than 40 percent of the homeless population.
- The lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest factors behind contributing to homelessness. In 2019, more than 45% of the 44.1 million renter households paid rent equal to 30% or more of their gross household income.
- Poverty is the other major factor that contributes to homelessness. A lack of employment opportunities, combined with a decline in public assistance leaves low-income families just an illness or accident away from being put out on the street.
- According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a family with a full-time worker making minimum wage could not afford fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S.
- A renter earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour would need to work nearly 97 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom rental home or 79 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental home at the average fair market rent.
- A full-time worker needs to earn an hourly wage of $24.90 on average to afford a modest, two-bedroom rental home in the U.S.
- Poor health is also closely linked to homelessness. 20% of the homeless population reported having a mental illness, 16% had conditions related to substance abuse, and thousands had HIV/AIDS, diabetes, or heart disease.
- For many young people, single adults, and families, domestic violence is the primary cause of their homelessness.
- On a single night in 2019, homeless services providers had more than 48,000 beds set aside for survivors of domestic violence.