According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 552,830 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. The chronically homeless are often the public face of the issue, however, they make up only 18% of the entire homeless population on a given day.
- Nearly 38,000 or 7% of all homeless persons are veterans.
- 70% of the entire homeless population are men.
- Although the only make up 13% of the U.S. population, 40% of all people experiencing homelessness are African American.
- The lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest factors behind contributing to homelessness. In 2017, 6.7 million households spent more than 50% of their income on rent.
- 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 103 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental home at the Fair Market Rent and 127 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom.
- Poor health is also closely linked to homelessness. 20% of the homelessness population reported have 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.