DefinitionPeople who are homeless are most often unable toacquire and maintain regular, safe, secure, andadequate housing, or lack "fixed, regular, andadequate night-time residence."
Definition (cont’d)The term homeless may also include people whoseprimary night-time residence is in a homelessshelter, a warming center, a domestic violenceshelter, cardboard boxes or other housing situationincluding public and private places.
Reasons for BeingHomelessThe top three reasons for people in families are thefollowing:- lack of affordable housing- poverty- unemployment
Reasons for BeingHomelessThe top three reasons for singles are the following:- substance abuse- mental illness- lack of affordable housing
Homelessness inAmericaIn America, the states with the highest amount ofhomeless people are the following:- Alaska- California- Colorado- Hawaii- Idaho
Worldwide PopulationAn estimated 100 million people worldwide werehomeless in 2005.In western countries, the large majority of homelessare men (75-80%).
Population in AmericaIn the US, 40% of the youth are homeless.One out of 50 children in America are homeless.That estimates to about 1.5 billion children in the us.
Who Is Helping?Most countries provide a variety of services to assisthomeless people.They often provide food, shelter and clothing andmay be organized and run by communityorganizations (often with the help of volunteers) orby government departments.These programs may be supported by government,charities, churches and individual donors.
How Can You Help?You can find several ways to help by visiting the link.nationalhomeless.org