Homelessness Facts

Homelessness Facts

Facts & FiguresHomelessness facts and figures

  • The MOST proximate cause of homelessness in America is poverty; Albuquerque’s poverty level is ranked the fifth highest in the nation!
  • Most of the homeless in Albuquerque are long-time New Mexico residents.
  • Lack of affordable housing is another major contributor to homelessness.
  • Twenty percent (1 out of every 5) of New Mexico’s residents live below the 2008 poverty level of $10,400 in annual income.
  • In fact, 46% of jobs with the most growth between the years of 1994 and 2005 pay less than $16,000 per year.
  • Many middle-class Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless themselves.
  • One third (33%) of adult homeless population has a severe or disabling mental illness.
  • In 2006, nationwide, on any given night, almost 200,000 veterans were homeless. It is estimated that between 23 and 40 percent of homeless adults are veterans.
  • During the course of a year, between 2.5 million and 3.5 million people will live either on the streets or in an emergency shelter and this does not include victims of natural disasters.
  • Over the course of the year, there are as many as 17,000 people who are without homes in New Mexico.
  • Almost 68% of homeless people are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old.
  • 6,000+ persons will be homeless at some point in Albuquerque over the course of the next year.
  • The average age, at death, of homeless individuals is 48 years old.  On average, the homeless person’s lifespan is 36% shorter than a housed person’s lifespan.
  • Over the past eight years, homeless people have died at the rate of more than one person per day.

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