Homelessness in the US

Find out more about the impact of homelessness in America

An interfaith alliance helping children and families experiencing homelessness achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

Statistics for Homelessness in the US

  • On a given night in 2016 there were at least 549,928 people experiencing homelessness in America.

  • 194,716 of those experiencing homelessness were people in families.

  • 77,486 people with disabilities were experiencing chronic homelessness.

  • While the number of veterans experiencing homelessness has decreased in recent years, veterans still make up about 13% of the adult homeless population and veterans are more likely to face homelessness than non-veterans.

  • In California, New York, and Florida, people experiencing homelessness make up more than 6% of the population.

Sources

https://jobs.utah.gov/housing/scso/documents/homelessness2016.pdf

http://endhomelessness.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016-soh.pdf

https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/homelessness-statistics/faqs/

What can you do to help?

One of the best ways to help is to start local. You may not be able to impact the whole country, but there are lots of things you can do to help in your own community.

If you’re in the Salt Lake area, please consider making a donation to Family Promise – Salt Lake.

To learn more about organizations that help people experiencing homelessness, check out our Resources page.

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