World Homeless Children Statistics


This is just in my city.    What is your city and country like?


The Facts for Wake County, North Carolina:

-2,757 Wake County K-12 students are homeless

-38% of local students rely on free or reduced lunch

-Homelessness has surged a shocking 57% among students in our state – the third highest increase in the nation.

– A recent $166 million cut to the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) affected 758,000 children

– Median household income in the city has gone down 6.3% since 2007.


America – National Statistics


633,782 homeless people were counted on a single night.1

As many as 3.5 million2 people experienced homelessness last year – or one out of every 100 citizens.3 The average American knows 600 people. 4

40% of homeless men have served in the armed forces. 5

39% of the homeless are children – more than 1 in 3. 6


8.2 million people want full-time jobs but are stuck in part-time jobs instead. 7

11.8 million people are unemployed. 1 million have given up looking for jobs.8

Full-time work at the current minimum wage does not provide sufficient income for a modest rental unit in any county in America.9

Top causes of homelessness include: 10
Mental illness and lack of services
Lack of affordable housing
Substance abuse and lack of needed services
Low-paying job
Domestic violence


22% of all children in the U.S. now live in poverty, an all-time high.11

Only 3 developed countries have higher child poverty rates: Mexico, Chile and Turkey.12

The longer a child lives in poverty, the harder it is to escape later.13

In a 29-city survey of mayors, 27% of people needing emergency food assistance are turned away. 14

Sources – HUDNo.12-191 – How Many factsheet – Terms – Real friends vs facebook friends – Veterans factsheet – Who factsheet – Part-time worker ranks are growing, jobs report shows – empsit.pdf 2012 – Why factsheet – Child poverty – By the numbers: childhood poverty in the U.S. – text-911.pdf – 2011-hhreport.pdf



What is your country like?


( No reports for some countries)


An estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide
Source: United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 2005


An estimated 3 million people are homeless in Europe
Source: Red de Apoyo a la Integración Sociolaboral (RAIS) 2010


An estimated  15,000 people are homeless in Buenos Aires
An estimated 4,500 children are homeless in Buenos Aires
Source: Red Solidaria


100,000 people sleep on the streets of Australia everyday
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2003.
An estimated 105,000 people are homeless in Australia.
Approximately 44% of homeless people in Australia are female
Approximately 12% of homeless people in Australia are children under the age of 12
Source:, 2009


It is estimated that more than 2000 people sleep rough every night in Austria                                                       
Approximately 12,000 people are accommodated by homeless facilities in Austria
Source: Feantsa


An estimated 1,200 people are homeless in Brussels
Source: De Decker, 2001


In Brazil, there is a deficit of 6.6 Million housing units, equaling 20 million homeless people, who live in favelas, shared clandestine rooms, hovels or under bridges and viaducts, or are squatters, in some of the country’s largest cities
Source: Brazil 2000 census
An estimated 2,500 people are homeless in Rio de Janiero
An estimated 10,000 people sleep rough in Sao Paulo
Half of the population of Sao Paulo live in informal shelter
Source: Brazil’s Economic Research Institute Foundation, 2003


Supporting Canada’s homeless population costs Canadian Tax Payers CAD$6 billion a year
Source: International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2008.
Women and Children are the fastest growing group of those who are homeless in Canada
Source: Women’s Housing Advocacy Group, 2003
There are 6,100 homeless people in Ontario
There are 3,365 homeless people in Quebec
There are 200,000 Homeless people in Canada. 
Source: International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2008.


There are an estimated 9,654,722 homeless people in Columbia.


An estimated 2,285 people are displaced as a result of conflict in Croatia            
Source: UN figures 0 2402 UNHCR (June 2009)  


An estimated 7,600 people are homeless in Finland
Approximately half of homeless people in Finland live in the Greater Helsinki area
Source: European Federation of National organizations working with the Homeless (FIANCE) 2010


An estimated 1 million people are homeless in France
An estimated 100,000 people live on the streets in France
Source:, 2007


An estimated 254,000 people are homeless in Germany
Approximately 25% are women
Approximately 11% are children and young people
Source: European Federation of National organizations working with the Homeless (FIANCE)


Homelessness in Greece has risen from 17,000 in 2009 to 20,000 in 2010
An estimated 9,000 people are homeless in Athens
Source: European Observatory on Homelessness            

Hong Kong

52.7% of homeless people are aged 49 or over in Hong Kong
18% of homeless people have not received a formal education in Hong Kong.
Source: Project on Helping Street Sleepers – Paper of LegCo Welfare Panel (2004)     


Approximately 10,000 people are homeless in Budapest
Source: Estimating the Size of Homeless Population in Budapest, Hungary David Beata


In 2003, there were 78 million homeless people in India
Source: Action Aid, 2003
India is home to 63% of all slum dwellers in South Asia
Source:, UNHABITAT, 2007


There are 3,000,000 homeless people in Indonesia
An estimated 28,364 people are homeless in Jakarta
Source: 2001 Census


An estimated 2366 people are homeless in Dublin every night
Source:, 2008


An estimated 7,000 people are homeless in Rome
Italy has no official, legal definition of homelessness
An estimated 17,000 people are homeless in Italy

Ivory Coast

An estimated 40,000 people are homeless in the western Ivory Coast


An estimated 25,296 people are homeless in Japan
An estimated 5,000 people are homeless in Tokyo            
Source:, 2006


There are 1,250 homeless people in Lithuania
Source: Homelessness in Lithuania: An Outline of the Situation for FEANTSA


An estimated 90% of Malawi’s urban population live under slum conditions


In Mexico City an estimated 40% of people live in informal housing


More than 70,000 people live in shack settlements in Namibia


An estimated 30,000 people are homeless in the Netherlands


By 2015, there will be an estimated homeless population of 24.4 million people in Nigeria


An estimated 24,145 Palestinian homes have been demolished in the Occupied Territories since 1967


32.8million, 40% of the population in Philippines, live in slums
Source: Homeless International, 2008
An estimated 1,200,000 children live on the streets in the Philippines


Most homeless people live in metropolitan areas such as Lisbon and Porto.
Source: European Federation of National organizations working with the Homeless (FIANCE) 2010


An estimated 5 million people are homeless in Russia
An estimated 1 million children are homeless in Russia
Approximately 3.4%of the population is homeless
Source: Russian Interior Ministry, 2008


40,123 homeless applications accepted in 2008-09
More than 50% are asked to leave their accommodation following domestic issues 


An estimated 39,654 people are homeless in Spain
An estimated 6,190 sleep on the streets
Source:  Red de Apoyo a la Integración Sociolaboral (RAIS) 2010


Around 17,800 people are homeless in Sweden
Source: Swedish Home Office 2010

United Kingdom

The UK has one of the highest levels of homelessness in Europe with more than 4 people per 1,000 estimated to be homeless
Source: Homeless Pages, 2004. 
The average life expectancy of a Homeless Person in the UK is 42 years, compared to the national average of 74 for men and 79 for women. This is lower than the life expectancy of Ethiopia or the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Source: “Still Dying for a Home” – Crisis, 1996.
In the UK there are 10,459 rough sleepers and 98,750 households in temporary accommodation
Source: Department for Communities and Local Government, 2005
Homelessness costs London £38.9 million a year in lost economic development and costs to its justice and health-care communities, and a much higher toll in human lives
Source: University of Western Ontario, 2003
The estimated cost for one homeless person in the UK to be provided accommodation and other support services is £15,000 per year
Source: Homeless Link UK, 2008
Statistics indicate that 63% of homeless women in the UK have experienced domestic violence and 40% have been sexually abused
Source: Homeless Link, 2007


Estimated homeless figures in the United States range from 600,000 to 2.5 million
Source:, 2009

1.37 million of the total homeless population in USA are children under the age of 18. 40% are families with children, 41% are single males, 14% are single females
Source: International Journal of Psychosocial Research, 2008

Research by Dennis Culhane, University of Pennsylvania, followed thousands of homeless people in New York and each of them used an average of $40,000 a year in public services, such as increased health care. 
Source: University of Pennsylvania


An estimated 1,475 households are homeless in Wales


Final Question

What are YOU going to do about it?

For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink.

I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

"They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

"He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Matt 25:42-45


5 Responses to “World Homeless Children Statistics”

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  2. So sad … And it is the plan of evil, how could these conditions prevail?? There in the bible are the answers…we must search our hearts and wake up…blessings and God’s promises are ours if w e would only believe and receive…spread theword

  3. It amazes me that in a country as “rich” as the US, there are so many who are homeless, in poverty, poor health, and dealt with such indifference as to not “matter” to some. They are seen as the “collateral damage” of society. (Yikes!) In the US, on any given night, 200,000 children are homeless. One in 45 children will experience homelessness at some point in their lifetime as a child. (1 in 6 go hungry. Not 1 in 6 of the homeless, 1 in 6 of all of humanity in this country!)

    I feel so much for the populations all over the world, but all I have to do is walk next door (literally) to my local senior center. You can see it in so many faces. The fear, the pain, the sense of hopelessness. And, the love. Yes, the love. This center is so compassionate they turn no one away. You do not have to be a “senior” to avail yourself of their services. They help entire families who have no where to live, young couples down on their luck, and yes the elderly who have no clue how to work their way through the “system” that is supposedly in place to help them.

    Whether we give in terms of finances or of our time … just give.

  4. Peace!

    I do not know what to do if it is Zecharias 5:3-4 curse concerning the whole earth. Only thing as a cure I have heard concerning the old world is celibacy. There has to be some kind of Dedicatation or Lord can not come. That curse is something real frightening and powerfull. Even the goverments has done everything they could so I do not think that it is they fault. I have had earlier 8 and half year celibacy and now I am led to try even better. I start March 16th another celibacy and it may last as long as 16 years. I do not know if it helps but some have suggested that Mahdi comes 2015 and Isa 2017 or 2018. Then I know more I hope.

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