- On a single night in January 2009, there was 643,000 estimated homeless people in shelters or on the streets in the United States. Over the course of a year, (10/1/2008-9/30/2009) 1.56 million people used and emergency shelter or transitional housing. The number of homeless families has increased 30% since 2007 (AHRS July 2009).
- More than half of the children in homeless families are under the age of 6 (AHSR July 2009).
- Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population; overwhelmingly, these families are led by single mothers and most are under the age of 31 (AHSR July 2009).
- The continued rise in family homelessness over the last three years is almost certainly related to the recession and insufficient support networks for these families.
- Not only does family homelessness continue to increase, but the time it takes to leave the shelter and move into permanent housing also continues to increase (AHSR July 2009).
Orange & Seminole Counties:
- Nearly 5,000 children were identified as homeless in the 2008-2009 academic year (Florida Dept of Education, 2008-2009 Final Survey Homeless Counts).
- The current economic situation promises to increase the number of families forced into homelessness. In February 2009, there were over 4,000 foreclosures in Orange County, or one in every 108 housing units.
Links to Homeless Websites
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, have children, and are seeking shelter, please visit one of the following websites: