Who are the Homeless?


The truth is that any of us can become homeless!  The homeless are people who have skils, education and intelligence.  Who may have lost their jobs through lay-offs and downsizing; who may have experienced illness or the death of a working spouse; Perhaps they were the victim of a violent crime or fire. 

Who is homeless?

Among the homeless are people mostly in urban areas who are literally homeless (on the streets or in shelters) and people who face eviction within a week from a private dwelling or institution and who have no subsequent residence or resources to obtain housing. In rural areas, which typically lack an urban-style homeless services infrastructure, homeless people are likely to live with relatives in overcrowded or substandard housing. A lack of decent, affordable housing underlies both urban and rural homelessness.

Click to view CIT Homelessness and Mental Illness power point presentation

Or follow this link to the NC Coalition to End Homelessness (WWW.NCCEH.ORG)

How many are homeless?

Characteristicsof Persons Experiencing Homelessness

The AHAR has consistently found that African-Americans, men between the ages of 31 and 50, and people with disabilities are all at higher risk of becoming homeless, compared to their representation in either the U.S. or the poverty population.

The characteristics of sheltered homeless individuals are very different from the characteristics of sheltered persons in families. Individuals are more likely to be White men, over 30 years old, and have a disabling condition, while adults in families are more likely to be younger African-American women without a reported disability.

Most people who used a homeless residential facility stayed for a short period of time. Sixty percent of emergency shelter stays lasted less than a month, with one-third lasting less than 1 week. People in transitional housing stayed for longer periods of time because these programs are designed to serve people for up to 2 years. Nonetheless, more than sixty percent of users of transitional housing stayed for less than 6 months during the AHAR reporting period.