From the June 2000 Study from the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center:

• Families, defined as a parent(s) with one or more children, represent 34-37% of the national homeless population. The typical family has 2.2 minor children and is headed by the mother (84%).

• 23% of homeless adults are veterans compared to 13% of all American adults
• Unaccompanied minors account for an estimated 3-7%
• Nationally, an estimated 19-45% of the homeless adult population has mental health problems, compared with 22.9% of the general population.
• The City of Los Angeles Community Development Dept. estimates that 33-50% of the homeless population is mentally ill.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and/or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development cite the following causes for homelessness:
• Poverty
• Lack of affordable housing
• Change in the labor market
• Low paying jobs
• Domestic violence
• Changes and cuts in public assistance programs
• Changes in family structure
• Substance abuse, mental illness and the lack of needed services
• Chronic health problems and lack of access to affordable health care

Posted: Fri - November 1, 2002 at 06:41 PM