Key Facts

  • The average age of a homeless person in the U.S. is nine years old.
  • Families with children are the fastest growing group of the homeless population.
  • There are more homeless veterans today than U.S. soldiers who died in the Vietnam War.
  • In Illinois, nearly 100,000 working families are living in poverty. One in four working families is classified as low-income.
  • Nearly half of Illinois residents earn $25,000 a year or less.
  • 75 percent of the city’s working-poor families earned less than $13,000.
  • In Chicago, 22% of homeless people are employed.