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FACTS ON HOMELESSNESS ACROSS THE NATION

  • Children and Families make up the fastest segment of the homeless population
  • There are as many as 500,000 in families nationwide and 1.35 million children homeless each year
  • Over half of homeless families have been homeless for 6 months The average homeless child in America is 6 years old; the average age of a homeless person is 9 years old

FACTS ON MUNCIE HOMELESSNESS

  • Homeless families with children are regularly turned away at local shelters for lack of services and accommodation
  • According to Department of Community Development homeless families are the highest priority and have the biggest gap in services in the Muncie area
  • Families are a “hidden” population, staying with friends and family members, often times meaning children do not have a bed to sleep in and do not attend school regularly
  • Under-education, domestic violence and unemployment are the main causes for homelessness in the Muncie area
  • Bridges Community Services houses over 150 low-income and homeless person nightly through it’s Transitional, Section 8, and regular rental projects