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Beneath Highway 90 bridge, Richmond, Texas 1018091117BW | by Patrick Feller
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Beneath Highway 90 bridge, Richmond, Texas 1018091117BW

Homelessness Statistics

 

- 44% of the homeless population are employed.

 

- 62% of the homeless population have a high school diploma.

 

- 23% of homeless adults are veterans, 33% of homeless men are veterans.

 

- 57% of the homeless population report having experienced a mental health problem at some point during their lifetime.

 

- 25% report having experienced physical and/or sexual abuse as a child from someone with whom they lived.

 

- 23% of the adult homeless population have a mental illness.

 

- The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty estimates that 40% of homeless people are eligible for SSI, but only 11% receive it.

 

- Only 37% of the homeless population receive food stamps.

 

- Only 33% receive Medicaid

 

- Only 1% of homeless veterans receive veteran-related disability payments.

 

"Key Data Concerning Homeless Persons in America," National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, July 2004 (www.nlchp.org)

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Taken on October 18, 2009