Homeless Statistics

According to a recent report published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH, 2006):

  • 754,000 people nationwide live in emergency shelter, transitional housing, or on the streets
  • 65 percent of this adult homeless population are men
  • Approximately 40% of homeless men are veterans
  • 41 percent are between 31 and 50 years of age
  • 75 percent are in central cities
  • In California, the homeless population is estimated at 188,300 people, including approximately 24,000 veterans and more than 17,700 children under the age of 18

In the San Diego region alone (according to the Regional Task Force for the Homeless, San Diego):

  • There are an estimated 6,363 total urban homeless persons
  • Approximately 807 to 888 are homeless families
  • Between 1,137 and 1,251 homeless persons identified themselves as veterans
  • About 2.2% percent of the homeless single adult population in San Diego is 60 years old or older
  • There are between 1,253 and 1,378 mentally ill homeless people
  • There are between 359 and 395 homeless youth at any given time on the streets.

The homeless presence in San Diego is abundant. Chris Hernandez and his “Paddle for Hope” wish to bring awareness to this social epidemic in hopes of lowering these statistics now and into the future.

Some of the groups to assist are:

  • St. Vincent de Paul Village
  • A Children's Village
  • Emergency Relief Fund
  • National AIDS Foundation (Josue Homes)
  • Village Mobile Health Clinic
  • Martha's Village and Kitchen

To learn more about each group go to www.neighbor.org