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Understanding Homelessness

Understanding recovery, re-entry and homelessness requires a grasp of several social issues: poverty, trauma, behavioral sciences, affordable housing. While the circumstances of each client family Humanitri serves varies, the central reason a family experiences homelessness is the lack of available, affordable housing.

In the United States 30 units of affordable housing are available for every 100 working poor families. The epidemic of whole family homelessness is not going away, particularly in urban core areas. Pray with us as Humanitri explores opportunities with church & community partners to permanently house the homeless children and families we work with through case management to address the trauma and behaviors that resulted in homelessness and incarceration.

Visit our Contact tab or email me directly to get involved: c.lohman@humanitri.org

Praying with you,

Cyra Lohman
Executive Director

By the Numbers: Homelessness in the United States

  • In January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States
  • Of that number, 206,286 were people in families
  • 358,422 were individuals
  • About 15 percent of the homeless population – 83,170 – are considered “chronically homeless individuals”
  • About 2 percent – 13,105 – are considered “chronically homeless people in families”
  • About 8 percent of homeless people- 47,725 – are veterans

These numbers come from Point-in-Time Counts, which are conducted, community by community, on a single night in January every other year by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).