Updated Facts on Poverty and Homelessness (including links)

Millions of Americans struggle to find affordable rent.

In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom rental home in the U.S., renters need to earn a wage of $21.21 per hour. The Housing Wage for a two-bedroom apartment is $13.96 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and $4.83 higher than the average hourly wage of $16.38 earned by renters nationwide. (2017) http://nlihc.org/oor

In no state can a person working full-time at the federal minimum wage afford a two-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent.

A renter earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour would need to work 117 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom rental home at the Fair Market Rent and 94.5 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom. In only 12 counties can a full-time worker earning the prevailing federal or state minimum wage afford a one-bedroom rental home.  (2017) http://nlihc.org/oor

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits support children

SNAP eligibility rules require that participants be at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level. Recent studies show that 44% of all SNAP participants are children (age 18 or younger), with almost two-thirds of SNAP children living in single-parent households. In total, 76% of SNAP benefits go towards households with children, 11.9% go to households with disabled persons, and 10% go to households with senior citizens.
-As of January 2016, 45.4 million persons were participating in SNAP.
SNAP: Frequently Asked Questions
USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Think College Is Expensive?
In Most States, Child Care Costs Even More

For those wondering why kids’ care has become such a central topic in this presidential election, consider that in 33 states, the cost of infant care is higher than the cost of college tuition—$9,589 a year vs. $9,410, according to the newly released Care Index. (2016)  http://fortune.com/2016/09/28/child-care-costs/

What Are the Experiences of Homeless Children?:
Physical Health

Children experiencing homelessness are sick four times more often than other children. They have:
~ Four times as many respiratory infections.
~ Twice as many ear infections.
~ Five times more gastrointestinal problems.
(2011) The Characteristics and Needs of Families Experiencing Homelessness

The Long Wait for Home

Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) waiting lists had a median wait time of 1.5 years for housing assistance. Twenty-five percent had a wait of at least 3 years. Twenty-five percent of the largest Public Housing Agencies (5,000+ vouchers and public housing units combined) with HCV waiting lists had a wait time of at least 7 years. The average HCV waiting list consisted of 2,013 households. Public Housing waiting lists had a median wait time of 9 months. Twenty-five percent of them had a wait time of at least 1.5 years. Public Housing waiting lists had an average size of 834 households. (2016)
NLIHC’s report | Housing Spotlight: The Long Wait for a Home

Prevalence of Child Homelessness in the United States

A staggering 2.5 million children are now homeless each year in America.  This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the United States. (2014)
America’s Youngest Outcasts

National School Lunch Program

Nearly 100,000 schools/institutions serve school lunches to 30.4 million students each day, including:

  • 1 million free lunches
  • 0 million reduced price (student pays $0.40)
  • 2 million full price
  • 5 billion lunches are served annually

(2016) School Nutrition Association: School Meal Trends & Stats


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