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5 Surprising Homelessness Statistics to Know About

5 Surprising Homelessness Statistics to Know About


It's no secret that homelessness is a growing issue in the United States. In fact, you might be surprised by the number of people that find themselves suddenly living on the streets without food or proper shelter. This is obviously a heartbreaking problem. 

All you have to do is take a look around to notice individuals struggling to just survive each day, lacking the money and resources to stay warm or to seek a better life. 

This article takes a look at some homelessness statistics that might come as a shock and show you that the problem is much worse than you could have imagined. Keep reading to discover insight into the extent of homelessness in America.   


1.Nearly 13,000 Homeless Die Each Year


One of the most tragic homeless statistics is the fact that roughly 2.4% or 13,000 homeless persons die every year due to their life circumstances. When you take a moment to consider this statistic, it's not hard to understand that homelessness itself is a significant health risk, especially to those living without adequate shelter. In fact, it's actually quite easy to see what not having shelter or food can quickly become a matter of life and death.


2. The Average Age Is 50


It's also interesting to note that the average life expectancy of homeless persons in the U.S. is just 50 years. Not along that, but the number of homeless centenarians is on the rise.

One reason this is such a major concern is the fact that people over 50 tend to struggle with various health issues that the younger population does not. Getting older is challenging enough, but rough living conditions merely make things worse and can accelerate serious medical problems.


3. 40% of Homeless Men are Veterans


This is another statistic that will likely be shocking to many people. It's difficult to imagine that 40% of veterans who served their country in the armed forces end up homeless. This is a testimony to the failure of the federal government to provide adequate support to those who have loyally served this country. 


4. One-Fifth of Homeless Live In NYC


You might not be shocked to learn that the homeless problem in major cities is bigger than in less populated communities around the country. The problem is especially bad in NYC. In fact, nearly 20% of all sheltered individuals in the nation are living in New York City.


5. 25% of Homeless Suffer From Mental Illness


It should come as no surprise to learn that mental illness is extremely common among the homeless population. In fact, at least a fourth of those living on the streets suffers from some form of severe mental illness, making it nearly impossible to rise about their circumstances. 


A Look at Homelessness Statistics In the United States

People living on the streets certainly isn't a new problem. And yet these homelessness statistics should help inspire you to take steps to become part of the solution.

Please contact us to learn how you can help make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

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