The first #MacroSW chat is this Thursday.
For the September 6th Twitter chat, we will be talking about homelessness.
Homelessness has existed in societies in the U.S. and abroad for centuries. In the U.S., however, the size and scope of homelessness over the last 30-40 years is unprecedented. On a single night in January of 2017, more than 500,000 people were experiencing homelessness. In fact, in 2017, homelessness increased for the first time in seven years, driven primarily by increases in large city centers.
Following are some key statistics about homelessness in the U.S. according to the 2017 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress:
- Most people (65%) were staying in a shelter or transitional living setting while the rest were living unsheltered, such as sleeping on streets, in parks, and in cars.
- One-third (33%) of people experiencing homelessness did so as part of a family, and roughly one-fifth (21%) of people experiencing homelessness were children under the…
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