Shelter from the elements, like food and clean water, is a basic need.
Facts About The Need For Warmth
Due to the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the poverty rate in 2020 increased for the first time in 5 years. Currently, 37 million, or 11% of all Americans are living in poverty and struggling to afford basic necessities.
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1 in 6 children
1 in 6 children in America is living in poverty. Poverty in children increased from 14.4 in 2019 to 16.1% in 2020. (7)
The National Center for Homeless Education reports that 1.5 million students enrolled in public school districts experienced homelessness during the course of the 2016-2017 school year. (9)
7.3 Million Families
7.3 million families are living in poverty. For poor families and individuals, the winter months are more expensive and a present a bigger strain on their budget. (5) Poverty for families increased by more than 4% because of the pandemic. (8) Families living in poverty are at greater risk of becoming homeless. (9)
1.5 million Veterans
1.5 million Veterans are living in poverty. The poverty rate of veterans is nearing 7% and growing each year. (6) Additionally, Veterans are often faced with many obstacles when they return to civilian life that put them at risk for homelessness including difficulties finding affordable housing and earning a livable income. (9)
25 million Seniors
25 million seniors are living in poverty. Many seniors do not have enough income and money saved to pay for a safe and stable place to live and other necessities such as food, utilities, and medication. (5)
People Experiencing Homelessness
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 326,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the U.S. on a single night in 2021. However, the numbers of people experiencing homelessness are most likely much higher than reported. (9)