The typical sheltered homeless family is comprised of a mother in her late twenties with two children.
• 84% of families experiencing homelessness are female-headed.
This is due to a number of factors:
o Most single-parent families are female-headed (71%).
Single-parent families are among the poorest in the nation and as such, are extremely vulnerable to homelessness.
o Many family shelters do not accept men into their programs, causing families to separate when they become homeless.
• Families of color are overrepresented in the homeless population. Nationally:
o 43% are African-American
o 38% are White, non Hispanic
o 15% are Hispanic
o 3% are Native American.
• Families experiencing homelessness usually have limited education.
o 53% of homeless mothers do not have a high school diploma.
• 29% of adults in homeless families are working.
• 42% of children in homeless families are under age six.
Data Provided By: http://community.familyhomelessness.org/