Homeless FAQ


  • Who is homeless?

    Older adults (over 62)

    Families with young children



    Young men and women

    Virtually every segment of society is affected!

  • Why?

    The reasons are many - poverty, job loss, foreclosures, evictions, domestic violence, lack of health care and support services, lack of affordable housing, skyrocketing prices for everything from groceries to gasoline - and the list goes on.

    Difficulties in finding employment can be compounded due to:

    Lack of a residential address to put on job application;

    Perhaps no phone number for potential employer to call for an interview;

    May not have access to showers, hygiene products, clean clothes, etc. to present well at interview; and

    Lack of transportation options.

    Each person has their own personal story to tell!

  • The numbers are astounding!

    Fact: Only five states account for more than half of the homeless population in the United States.

    California (22%) - 136,826 people

    New York (13%) - 77,430 people

    Florida (8%) - 47,862 people

    Texas (5%) - 29,615 people

    Massachusetts (3%) - 19,029 people

    Fact: One out of every 50 American children are homeless each year, according to a recent report by The National Center on Family Homelessness.

    Fact: 224,000 California school children were homeless in 2007-2008, reports The California Department of Education.

    Fact: Over the course of one year, approximately 190,200 men, women and children will experience homelessness in Los Angeles County. Fewer than 20% of these people can be accommodated in shelter beds on any given night.

    Fact: At any point in time, 57, 737 people are homeless in Los Angeles County. This is a 15% increase over 2011.

    Fact: For the estimated 21,000 homeless people in Orange County, there are approximately 400 shelter beds available.

    Fact: There are 817 unaccompanied youth under the age of 18 on the streets of Los Angeles County. 716 of these youths are unsheltered (87.6%).

    Fact: Experts estimate that an additional 1.5 million Americans may experience homelessness over the next two years due directly to effects of the current recession.


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