Homelessness: A statistics Snapshot Courtesy of The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention. The Causes of Homelessness . • Lack of affordable housing • Low wages • Youth aging out of foster care • Domestic violence • Substance abuse • Mental illness
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Homelessness: A statistics Snapshot
Courtesy of TheCoalition for Homelessness
Intervention and Prevention
•Lack of affordable housing
•Youth aging out of foster care
•6,000 – 10,000 of our neighbors will experience homelessness over the course of a year.
•44,000 families are at-risk of becoming homeless.
•26% of homeless people in Indianapolis live in families with children.
•Approximately 20% of our homeless have been victims of domestic violence.
Nationally, women with children are the fastest growing demographic among the homeless
•More than 30% have drug and/or alcohol problems.
•30% have been affected by domestic violence.
•13% are veterans.
•Nearly 30% struggle with a serious mental illness.
According to the Institute for Children and Poverty:
•Homeless children are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school.
•Over half of homeless students transfer schools each year. Of these, two-thirds transfer multiple times.
•One in ten homeless students misses at least a month of school each year.
•Homeless children are twice as likely not to be enrolled in preschool.
•The average homeless child in America is only 6 years old.
Research shows that youth aging out of foster care:
•Have low education and employment experience;
•Have high incidence of mental and physical health and substance abuse issues;
•Have high likelihood to be involved with legal system.
Catholic Charities Indianapolis – Holy Family Shelter
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Queen of Peace Shelter
Wheeler Mission Ministries – Care Center
Battered Women Shelters:
A Better Way
Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Quest for Excellence – Women in Need Growing Strong
Salvation Army Social Service Center
Shelter Wings Center for Women