To understand the severity of homelessness in our great country, one may search on the web for the latest statistics. From the Partnership Helping Prevent Family Homelessness, it states that: “In the U.S., approximately 60,000 families with children (about one-third of the overall homeless population) experience homelessness on a given night. Nationwide, school districts report an increase in the number of students who are homeless at some point during the school year.” (Feb 11, 2020)
“As of January 2019, Kansas had an estimated 2,381 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that Total, 209 were family households, 189 were Veterans, 122 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 399 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.Kansas 3.4 families with children per day become homeless.” (Information from The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness 2019.)
The following Questions and Answers from the website End Homelessness will help us understand the severity of the homelessness epidemic.
“Q: How many people are homeless?
A: On a given night in 2019, 567,715 people experienced homelessness in the U.S. Between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017, an estimated 950,497 people used an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs consider a person to be homeless if they are sleeping outside, in a place not meant for human habitation such as a car or abandoned building, or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. Other federal agencies have different definitions for homelessness.
“Q: Who experiences homelessness?
A: On a single night in 2019, an estimated:
- 171,670 people in families, including children, experienced homelessness.
- 396,045 single individuals experienced homelessness.
- 96,141 individuals had chronic patterns of homelessness.
- 37,085 veterans experienced homelessness.
Q: Why do people become homeless?
A: Reasons vary, but the main reason people become homeless is because they cannot find housing they can afford. Other factors can include a chronic health condition, domestic violence and systemic inequality. Read more about the causes of homelessness.”
Our statistics for HSH is quantified in the following spreadsheet:
We have been humbled by the honor we have had to serve the homeless in the Independence, Kansas area. We have also been in awe of the giving in: prayers, time and donations from our local small rural communities.
God Bless You,
The HSH Team
Matthew 25:40 New International Version (NIV)
“…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”