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Facts and Figures

 

Homelessness in Jackson, MS

 According to the 2015 homeless Point-in-Time Count (no reliable count since):

 

  • 1,421 individuals and families are homeless on any given day in Jackson, MS.
  • 12% increase in homeless individuals from 2013 count

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistics on Student/Youth Homelessness in Jackson

  • 3248 students were identified as homeless in April 2017
  • Children living in spaces not designed for human habitation.
  • The average age of a homeless child in JACKSON, MS is 7

 

 

Youth Homelessness, Nationally

 Almost 2.5 million youth, under the age of 18, experience homelessness in America each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the U.S.

 

 

Major causes of child homelessness in the U.S. include:

  • Poverty rate
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Racial disparities
  • Challenges of single parenting
  • Traumatic experiences: ie. domestic violence, child abuse

 

Read the full report at:

http://www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Un-Affordable Housing

 Annual Report on Housing Wage published by NLIHC

 

In Jackson, the average two-bedroom apartment rents for $750. To afford this level of rent and utilities a household must earn $2,575 monthly or $30,900 annually.

 

A minimum wage worker earns $7.25 an hour. That means working 98 hours per week, 52 weeks a year, just to pay the basic necessities, i.e. rent. Or a household must include 2.4 minimum wage earners working 40 hours per week year-round.

 

According to HUD's 2015 Worst Case Housing Needs Report, 97% of low income families and individuals spend more than 50% of their income on rent. The need for decent, safe, and affordable rental housing continues to outpace the ability of federal, state, and local governments to supply housing assistance.