A total of 552,830 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2018. This number represents 17 out of every 10,000 people in the United States - (HUD’s Annual Point-in-Time Count)

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20 to 25% of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness. In comparison, only 6% of Americans are severely mentally ill - (National Institute of Mental Health)


Addiction in the underserved chronically homeless populations is rampant. There is no agreement as to whether substance use disorders cause homelessness or vice versa, but no one disagrees that each exacerbates the other. While 235,823 homeless individuals were admitted to U.S. treatment programs in 2009, research findings suggest that services are still lacking for homeless populations.- (SAMHSA)

Approximately one-third of all homeless people show symptoms of mental illness. Homeless people, who are predominantly low-income, uninsured residents of mostly low-income communities, share with other low-income residents of such communities a range of difficulties in getting care when they need it. The most significant barriers to access are financial. At the same time, the homeless encounter a range of additional barriers to health care. - (NIH)