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Education & Awareness

Homelessness is a reality for many women and children in Frederick County.

  • For the past seven years, more than half (an average of 53%) of the homeless in Frederick County have been families. -Annual Report on Homelessness Services in Maryland, www.dhr.state.md.us
  • Families with children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in this country. -Who is Homeless? NCH Fact Sheet #3 Published by the National Coalition for the Homeless, June 2008, www.nationalhomeless.org
  • Homeless families are most commonly headed by single mothers in their late 20's with approximately two children. -Rog, D.J., & Buckner, J.C. Homeless Families and Children. 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research Discussion Draft. (February 12, 2007).
  • An estimated 3.5 million people-1.35 million of them children-are likely to experience homelessness in the United States this year. -National Coalition for the Homeless, "How Many People Experience Homelessness" NCH Fact Sheet #2, August 2007. National Coalition for the Homeless, www.nationalhomeless.org
  • The state of Maryland ranks 49 out of 50 in "Moderate to Severe Health Conditions in Homeless and Middle-Income Children." -State Report Card on Child Homelessness, 2009, National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) www.familyhomelessness.org. View the entire report at www.homelesschildrenamerica.org.
  • Hope Alive is one of only two homeless shelters serving families in Frederick County.

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