Homelessness Facts

  • In the spring of 2016, the Midland Independent School District reported 446 homeless students.
  • More than 43 million people (1 in 7) in the U.S. live below the poverty line.
  • Families with children make up 40% of the homeless population.
  • The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9 years.
  • 1 in 6 Americans live on incomes that are food insecure.
  • According to the National alliance to End Homlessness, over 640,000 people experience homlessness on any given night in the U.S.
  • 42% of homeless children are under the age of 6.
  • 1 in 30 children in the United States experience homelessness annually.
  • Nearly 1.3 million school children were homeless in school year 2014-15.
  • 1% of homeless children are too young for school and are not counted.
  • A child is born into poverty every 33 seconds.
  • More than 15% of Americans live in poverty which includes 1 in every 5 children.
  • Two-thirds of poor children live in families in which at least one family member works.

According to a Census Bureau report released in January, 2017:
Those making $24,600 a year for a family of four, or $12,060 for an individual, were considered to be living in poverty.

A single parent making ≤ $11.82 per hour (based on a 40 hour week) with 3 children, is living below the poverty level.

2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines:

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