How many families are in crisis?
- Nationwide 2 million families experience homelessness each year.
- Currently about 3,600 families are in emergency shelters in Massachusetts. This means that more than 7,200 children are staying in a shelter tonight.
- Families remain in shelter, on average, for a year before finding housing.
Who Are They?
- 84% of families that are homeless are headed by women.
- 92% of these women have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual abuse at some point in their lives.
- In 29% of families that are homeless, someone is employed.
How Homelessness Affects the Children
- 32% of homeless children repeat a grade in school.
- Children who experience homelessness are sick 4 times more often than others and have 3 times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems.
What Does It Cost?
- A family living in a shelter for 1 year will cost the state about $43,800.
- In contrast, it costs about $14,500 a year to serve a family through Home with Friends.
Did you know …?
- Fair Market Rental for the Boston/South Shore area is $1,740/month for a 2-bedroom apartment.
- A parent working full-time at minimum wage ($11/hour) will only gross $1,906/month.
- Financial planning experts suggest not spending more than 30% of your income on housing. A family renting a typical 2-bedroom apartment in our area needs to earn $69,680/year — or $33.50/hour to meet that guideline.