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).

Do these numbers surprise you?

Homelessness is not going away. The homeless are our neighbors. Our friends. Our family members. We must help them. With your help, we can.