Cities aid homeless
On average, 3.5 million Americans will become homeless annually, according to the Washington-based National Coalition for the Homeless. In a recent survey of 24 major cities by the Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), 76 percent of the cities reported an increase in requests for emergency food assistance. Seventy-one percent of the cities reported an increase in requests for emergency shelter. In 2005, 169 homeless people died as a result of violent attacks.
million adults in the United States have been homeless at some time in their lives.
months is the average length of time people remained homeless in the surveyed cities.
of homeless people in the surveyed cities are considered mentally ill.
are substance abusers.
Source: The U.S. Conference of Mayors “Hunger and Homelessness Survey 2005” and The National Coalition for the Homeless.