Homelessness in the United States: Trends and demographics By John Wihbey The problem of homelessness is a particularly difficult one for researchers to understand and journalists to cover.
Causes of Homelessness in Philadelphia The causes of homelessness are diverse and related to many systemic and institutional structures within our country.
We recognize that there are many causes of homelessness and many are interwoven. Unfortunately, there is not always good data to demonstrate the impact of these forces. For our purposes, we have chosen to highlight only a few causes of homelessness in Philadelphia with supporting data 1.
Poverty from a lack of jobs at competitive living wages. Disparity between housing costs and minimum wage, public supports, or earned benefits. Lack of affordable housing and inadequate housing assistance. Lack of affordable health care. Inadequate support for mental health and substance use challenges.
In Januaryone in five people experiencing homelessness had a serious mental illness, and a similar percentage had a chronic substance use disorder. Minorities are about 1. Individuals experiencing homelessness are at an increased risk for substance use disorders and drug overdose, a risk amplified in Philadelphia given the low cost and high potency of heroin sold on our streets.
In Philadelphia, the number of deaths related to unintentional drug overdose is 2.
Domestic violence On an average night, individuals who are homeless in Philadelphia self-report as victims of domestic violence. Permanent Supportive Housing PSH Permanent supportive housing has been shown by multiple national studies to be a cost-effective solution to ending homelessness Affordable housing is a critical component of addressing homelessness, but is insufficient on its own.
Integrating housing with case management allows residents to receive services in a timely and convenient manner. Studies have found that individuals and families receiving case management are more likely to have maintained stable housing a year later.
Opportunities for employment, increased income, and education. Breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty requires not only housing, but sustainable, competitive employment at living wages. Connection to mainstream benefit and entitlement income through BenephillyHomeless Advocacy Project, and other resources is a key component of preventing and ending homelessness.
Please shop online 3. Affordable and accessible healthcare Health and homelessness are inextricably linked. According to the National Alliance to end Homelessness, an acute physical or behavioral health crisis or any long-term disabling condition may lead to homelessness.
Homelessness also exacerbates chronic medical conditions.The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness leads the national effort to prevent and end homelessness in America. We drive action among our 19 federal member agencies and foster partnerships at every level of government and with the private sector.
Scope of Homelessness in the United States 1 On a single night in January , there were , people experiencing homelessness in the United States; 65% were sheltered individuals and 35% were unsheltered individuals.. 20% of those experiencing homelessness (, individuals) were children under the age of Rural homelessness, like urban homelessness, is the result of poverty and a lack of affordable housing, and research has shown: The odds of being poor are between to times higher for people in non-metropolitan areas than in metropolitan areas.
Homelessness main page. HHS is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and supporting the delivery of essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
The State of Homelessness in America charts progress in ending homelessness in the United States. Using the most recently available national data, it is intended to serve as a reference for policymakers, journalists, advocates, and the public on trends in homelessness, homeless assistance, and at-risk populations at the national and state levels.
In the United States, homelessness is an undeniable reality that impacts people of all ages, ethnicities, and life circumstances.
Many factors can contribute to a person becoming homeless. These factors include (but are not limited to).