- More than 1.6 million children, or one in 45, are homeless annually in America (The National Center on Family Homelessness, December 2011).
- As of the last official count, about 633,782 people expereince homelessness on any given night in the United States, and of that number, 239,403 were people in families in 2012 (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2013).
- According to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Point-In-Time (PIT) data, the number of persons in families experiencing homelessness increased between 2009 and 2010. The average family is headed by a single mother in her late twenties with two children, at least one of whom is under the age of six (US Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2011).
- The same report stated that families who have experienced homelessness have much higher rates of familiy separation than other families. Some separations are dictated by the shelter system. About 55% of the cities surveyed by the US Conference of Mayors report that families may have to break up in order to be sheltered.
State and County Facts:
- According to the most recent Point-In-Time Studies, over 75,000 individuals experience homelessness in Georgia. More than 60% of homeless persons were in households with children and most were homeless for the first time.
- The Gwinnett County School System accommodated 2,246 homeless students during the 2011-2012 school year.
- In 2012 there were 26,290 evictions and 18,733 foreclosures in Gwinnett County. At the average family size of 2.5 that equals approximately 112,558 family members that lost housing in 2012.
- The National Center on Family Homelessness reports that 1-in-45 children in America are homeless each year. According to this statistic, Gwinnett County has an estimated 7,000 homeless children each year.
- It is estimated that 60% of the homeless family population in Gwinnett County are children and 50% of the children are under the age of six.
- Family Promise is the ONLY shelter for homeless families in Gwinnett.
- The National Center on Family Homelessness
- Georgia Coalition to End Homeless
- DCA Special Needs Housing
- National Coalition for the Homeless
- National Low Income Housing Coalition
- National Alliance to End Homelessness