Homelessness

Homeless man

 
Who are the homeless?

To no one's surprise, homelessness surges during bad economic times.

The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions conducted a survey of 20,074 people who had experienced homelessness.

 

Here are their findings:

 

  • 76% were males, 24% females.
  • Of the men, 25% were veterans.
  • Of the veterans, 38% indicated they served in Vietnam.
  • 11% of veterans had served in the Persian Gulf conflict.
  • 7% of veterans had served in Korea.
  • 59% reported they had been homeless less than one year.
  • 33% had never been homeless before.
  • 69% were local residents of the community in which they receive service.
  • 76% preferred to receive service from programs with a spiritual emphasis.
  • 30% of males and 21% of females surveyed were in long-term rehabilitation.
  • 72% of those surveyed were under the age of 45.
  • 12% were under age 18.
  • 11% were between ages 18 and 25.
  • 19% were between 26 and 35.
  • 30% were between 36 and 45.
  • 25% were between 46 and 65.
  • 3% were over age 65.
  • 43% were Caucasian.
  • 38% were African-American.
  • 11% were Hispanic.
  • 56% of families served at rescue missions were single women with children.
  • 4% were men with children.
  • 25% were "intact" families (husband and wife with children).