Shelter from the elements, like food and clean water, is a basic need.
Currently, 37 million, or 11% of all Americans are living in poverty and struggling to afford basic necessities.
“When low-income households spend more than half their income on housing, they have little if any money to spend on other necessities, such as food, childcare, transportation, and healthcare.”National Low Income Housing Coalition
Facts About The Cold
Who needs a coat?
Individuals and families requesting assistance from One Warm Coat’s nonprofit partner agencies has grown by 30-50% every year since 2020. The New York Daily News recently reported on the uneven recovery from the pandemic as more children are going without food, despite many signs of economic resurgence. In the article, City Harvest Food Bank reported a 67% increase in need since 2019. Where there is a need for food, there is a need for coats.
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) 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, 582,462 people are experiencing homelessness in the United States, and 28% are families with children. This number is likely much higher than reported. (9)