Who is homeless?

The US Conference of Mayors’ 2006 Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness found that in the United States:
30 percent of the homeless population is families with children
51 percent are single men
17 percent are single women
2 percent are unaccompanied minors
71 percent of homeless families are headed by a single parent
13 percent are employed
9 percent are veterans
26 percent have drug and alcohol addictions
16 percent suffer from mental illness
37 percent of adults requesting emergency food assistance are employed
People remain homeless an average of 8 months
Requests for assisted housing by low-income families and individuals increased by 86 percent in 1 year.

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