America's homeless population rises for the first time since the Great Recession.
Shocking Homelessness Statistics
The last time a global survey was attempted – by the United Nations in 2005 – an estimated 100 millionpeople were homeless worldwide. As many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing (Habitat, 2015).
More than 500,000 people homeless in the United States.564,708 people in the U.S. are homeless. According to a recent report, over half a million people were living on the streets, in cars, in homeless shelters, or in subsidized transitional housing during a one-night national survey last January. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families, 358,422 were individuals, and a quarter of the entire group were children.83,170 individuals, or 15% of the homeless population, are considered “chronically homeless.”
Chronic homelessness is defined as an individual who has a disability and has experienced homelessness for a year or longer, or an individual who has a disability and has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years (must be a cumulative of 12 months).