The Homeless: A description . . .
According to HUD (The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), homeless people are those who live in homeless housing, emergency shelters, or on the streets, under a variety of circumstances, e.g., being a patient about to be discharged from a hospital and having no shelter or being evicted from housing within a week and having nowhere to go.
Who are the homeless?
- The number of homeless people in the U.S is about 2 million —or slightly more than the number of people who live in Washington DC, Vermont, and Delaware combined.
- Nine years old! That’s the average age of a homeless person in the United States today.
- The number of homeless students in the U.S. has increased 41% in the last two years.
- About 4 in 10 of the homeless families live on the street, in a car, or in another site not meant for human habitation.
- 20% of America’s homeless are U.S. Veterans; that’s up 6% in two years.
- Veterans are 50% more likely to become homeless than non- veterans.
- Veterans in emergency shelters are usually white, disabled, between 31 and 50 years, and living with a disability.
- President Obama announced the nation’s first comprehensive plan to prevent and end homelessness — The Opening Doors project. This program, which focuses on homeless veterans and families, aspires to end homelessness by 2020.
- HUD and the Veteran’s Administration work together to provide rental assistance and clinical services for homeless veterans. Since 2008, the two agencies have provided housing and supportive services for 30,000 veterans.
- More than 750,000 persons, including more than 15,000 veterans, have been helped through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. HPRP, created through President Obama’s stimulus plan, aims to prevent homelessness or to rapidly re-house the homeless.
Just thought you should know. ®
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