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Updated: Jun 24, 2019

On a single night in January 2017, there were 553,742 people experiencing homelessness in the United States; 65% were sheltered individuals and 35% were unsheltered individuals.

20% of those experiencing homelessness (114,829 individuals) were children under the age of 18.

10% (53,438 individuals) were between the ages of 18 and 24.

Of the 168,257 youth (people under 24), 40,799 were unaccompanied. 12% (4,800) of unaccompanied youth were minors under the age of 18.

70% (385,475) were 25 years old or older.

Two thirds of those experiencing homelessness were individuals, while one third identified as a member of a family experiencing homelessness.

24% of individuals (86,962) and 5% of people in families (8,457) met the definition of chronically homeless.* . . Philadelphia has a 26% poverty rate, one of the highest in the nation. Of that 26%, nearly half (12.2%) are living in deep poverty, with incomes below 50% of the federal poverty limit. . . Each year, Philadelphia homeless outreach organizations engaged over 6,000 individuals living on the street, in cars, abandoned buildings, train/bus stations, and other places not meant for human habitation. . Approximately 15,000 people (including families) access shelter in Philadelphia each year. In addition, numerous individuals are turned away from shelter due to capacity. . In Philadelphia, a person would have to work 106 hrs/wk at the minimum hourly wage of $7.25 to afford even a modest one-bedroom apartment. . In May 2018, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless released its annual survey of how many Chicagoans are homeless. . Using a methodology that includes the most current census data, 80,384 Chicagoans were homeless in 2016. . Chicago Public Schools reported serving 17,894 homeless students during the 2017-18 school year. . Chicago ranked 21st among 32 cities in its rate of homelessness per 10,000 people in 2016, at 21.6 people. . With the Illinois state minimum wage at $8.25/hr for seven years (since July 2010), a household needs two minimum-wage earners working a total of 99 hours/wk to pay for a 2-bedroom’s fair market rent. 34% of Illinois households are renting, with an average hourly wage of $16.78.


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