Right now there are 7,043,992,325 people in the world and 314,527,478 are in the United States. 6 According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 636, 017 Americans are homeless.4
The state of Florida has a population of 18,801,310.7 As reported by The Florida Council on Homelessness’ 2012 Report submitted in June 2012, “On one day and night in January 2012, the local homeless coalitions counted 54,300 persons who were living on the street, or staying in an emergency shelter. With this count, Florida has the third largest population of homeless persons of any state in the country.
The emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities shelter over 105,000 homeless persons (unduplicated count) on an annual basis. On any given night, those same facilities provide a nighttime bed for 20,600 persons.
Not included in these counts are those families and children who have lost their own place to live, and are doubled up in overcrowded housing, living with family members or friends. For the school year 2010 – 2011, 56,680 children of school age were identified as homeless by the local school districts. Family homelessness is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in our country”.1
Why are families homeless?
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, a growing
shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty are the two trends largely responsible for the rise in homelessness over the past 20-25 years.3 Other factors include:
• Eroding work opportunities
• Decline in public assistance
• Lack of affordable healthcare
• Mental illness
• Addiction disorders
Types of living arrangements
It is a common misconception that all homeless people either live in shelters or on the street. I recently typed into Google.com “where do homeless people live”. I clicked on a Yahoo link that had comments from different people. The...