Homelessness was once a silent and underrepresented problem in the United States. With each passing year, however, research provides policymakers and communities with increasing amounts of information, allowing America to gain ground in the fight against homelessness.
In a broad sense, the most frequently cited cause of homelessness is the widening gap between income and cost of housing; a problem that is perpetuated by limited amounts of housing assistance. Other more specific factors, such as mental illness, chronic health conditions, substance abuse, and the debilitating effects of trauma also contribute to create a constellation of factors that are responsible for the presence of homelessness in America.
Facts about Homelessness in Southern Nevada
Approximately 7,500 people experience homelessness in Southern Nevada on a given night. This includes people residing on the streets, in parks, in shelters, and transitional housing programs. It is estimated that more than 34,000 people in Southern Nevada, including families with children, couples, youth and individuals of all ages, will experience homelessness at some point during the year.
Based on 2015 surveys of people experiencing homelessness in Southern Nevada:
- 53.5% identified job loss as the primary cause of their homelessness, making it the primary cause of homelessness.
- The most common obstacles to obtaining permanent housing are having no job/no income (69.9%) and inability to afford rent (45.4%).
- 28.1% have a chronic health condition.
- 59.8% have a disabling condition and 31.7% have a physical disability.
- 53.8% reported that they were homeless for the first time.
There are currently more than 100 service providers, including government entities, nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups and corporate partners, that are working together to provide homeless prevention and assistance programs to bring an end to homelessness in our community.