Facts about NHHR's clients
While individual homeless numbers continue their slow decline, family homelessness continues to rise. At New Haven Home Recovery, we see this first hand:
In 2013, NHHR received more than 2,800 phone calls from families in need of shelter compared to 395 requests in 2008.
38% of the people living in our shelters this year were children. 45% of the children at our shelters were under the age of 6.
Agency-wide the number of children we served increased 42% from last year to this year. That includes a 48% increase in the number of school aged children and a 33% increase in the number of children age 5 and younger.
Facts about the reality facing homeless women and children
According to The National Center on Family Homelessness:
After analyzing state-level data, The National Center on Family Homelessness found that 1.5 million children experience homelessness in a year.
Children experiencing homelessness are sick 4 times more often than other children, go hungry at twice the rate of other children, have high rates of obesity due to nutritional deficiencies and have 3 times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children. By the age of 12, 83% of these children have witnessed at least one serious violent event. They also are 4 times more likely to show delayed development and are twice as likely to have learning disabilities as non-homeless children.
84% of families experiencing homelessness are headed by single moms. These families have a dramatically higher rates of separation than non-homeless families. Over 92% of these mothers have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse during their lifetime. For 63%, this abuse was perpetrated by an intimate partner. They have more physical and mental health issues than their non-homeless peers.