4 Important Thoughts About Homelessness

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Homelessness or houselessness – also known as a state of being unhoused or unsheltered – is the condition of lacking stable, safe, and functional housing. People can be categorized as homeless if they are:

  • living on the streets, also known as sleeping rough (primary homelessness);
  • moving between temporary shelters, including houses of friends, family, and emergency accommodation (secondary homelessness); and
  • living in private boarding houses without a private bathroom or security of tenure (tertiary homelessness).[1]
  • have no permanent house or place to live safely
  • Internally Displaced Persons, persons compelled to leave their places of domicile, who remain as refugees within their country’s borders.

People who are homeless have higher rates of illness and die on average 12 years sooner than the general U.S. population.


Homelessness is on the rise.

In the U.S alone there are over one million people experiencing homelessness. Unsheltered homelessness has been on the rise over the last two years. Nationally, men are only slightly more likely than women to be unsheltered. Forty-nine percent of individual men are unsheltered compared to 45 percent of women. However, this delicate balance doesn’t exist everywhere. See more Homelessness Among Men and Women

Homelessness can Affect Anyone

Rethink your perceptions of people experiencing homelessness. Just because there’s no roof over someone’s head doesn’t mean they lack a sense of home. They may be houseless, but not necessarily homeless.

Homelessness Doesn’t Discriminate. Men and Women, the young and the old are affected.

While the majority of individuals who experience homelessness are men, too many women also find themselves in these circumstances. There are 260,284 men compared to 106,119 women. Thus, men are the majority of individuals experiencing homelessness (70 percent) followed by women (29 percent). Homelessness Among Men and Women

People experiencing homelessness need more than your change. They need connection.

Homelessness as a Health Hazard. Simply being without a home is a dangerous health condition. The health effects of homelessness are grave, with higher incidence and severity of illness and injury among people experiencing homelessness.3 Chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart attack are almost twice as prevalent among people experiencing homelessness than in the general population4; substance use disorders are 3 times as prevalent; and depression and hepatitis C are more than 6 times as prevalent.4 Homelessness also has serious developmental effects on children, and children experiencing homelessness have higher rates of mental distress, physical illness, and dental problems.5 Lacking stable housing makes treating every condition more difficult and further damages health. People who die on the streets on average live roughly 30 fewer years than the US life expectancy, and the age-adjusted death rate of the homeless population is at least twice that of the general population.6, 7, 8, 9

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— Craig Groeschel

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Prayer For Evangelism Outreach: Lord, use me today, use me for your glory, make me bold, stir me up, give me eyes to see the needs of those I work with, give me a heart sensitive to those who are hurting, give me a prompting of the Spirit to minister to those who are around me.


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