On a given night in 2019, an estimated 567,715 people experienced homelessness in the U.S.* Among these:
171,670 people in families, including children, experienced homelessness.
396,045 single individuals experienced homelessness.
96,141 individuals had chronic patterns of homelessness.
37,085 veterans experienced homelessness.
* https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/homelessness-statistics/faqs/.Accessed 04 January 2021.
The main reason people become homeless is because they cannot find housing they can afford. Other factors can include a chronic health condition or domestic violence. Read more about what causes people to become homeless at https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/what-causes-homelessness/
Studies have shown that it costs a community far more to continue having folks living on the streets than it would to fund programs which could provide the means for their local homeless to achieve some measure of self-sustenance and, ultimately, housing of their own. U.S. cities using a housing first approach have saved local taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually – and in some cases, millions of dollars a year.
RESOURCES Do you need shelter or a home?
Outreach Coordination Center 215-232-1984
Men's Shelter at BP - Andrew Huff 215-528-8175
Women's Shelter at BP Lauren Johnston 267- 601-4142
Central Intake for City Shelter Intake 802 N. Broad St or 1430 Cherry St 7am - 5pm (in person, no phone calls)