FAQ about homelessness

Homeless children

What is homelessness?

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a person is considered homeless if they live in:

  • A place not meant for habitation, including a car, park, abandoned building, or the street
  • An emergency shelter, transitional housing program, or a weekly motel
  • A temporary, unstable “doubled up” arrangement with friends or family members

Who are the homeless?

Homelessness can – and does – happen to people of every gender, age, ethnicity, and background.

Families with children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.

Nationally, 40% of the homeless population is families and 12% is veterans.

Why are people homeless?

Homelessness is a situation that is the result of other problems. Common contributors are:

  • Loss of income, low wages, or unemployment
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug/alcohol addiction or mental illness

How many people are homeless in the United States?

On any given night, more than 640,000 men, women, and children are homeless, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

What about in Florida?

In Florida, nearly 57,000 individuals are homeless.

And in Central Florida?

According to HUD’s 2011 Point in Time Count, on an average night in Central Florida, over 4,500 men, women, and children are homeless.

What does Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida do?

The Coalition provides a broad range of services – job skills training and educational programs, psychological counseling, a licensed daycare, community housing programs, and a residential substance abuse recovery program – to help deal with the root causes of homelessness.

For more information, visit our website!