State of Michigan
There is no single experience of homelessness. For some, homelessness can be temporary and brief while for others it can last for months or years. In Michigan, we see families lose their homes due to foreclosure or evictions, individuals who are unable to pay rent due to financial insecurity, seniors who don’t have enough savings to stay in their home, and women and youth who cannot safely stay with their families. Each experience is different, but data shows us that there are alarming trends that we should be addressing in our communities. Did you know that…
Over 61,000 individuals experienced literal homelessness in Michigan in 2019. These included families, single parents, children, veterans, grandparents, and unaccompanied youth.
There is a large racial disparity among Michigan homelessness due to a history of catastrophic events from slavery to legal segregation. In 2019, 54%of the homeless population was African American, but African Americans make up only 14% of Michigan’s overall population.
7 is the average age for a child experiencing homelessness with their family in Michigan. In 2019, there were over 15,000 children experiencing homelessness in Michigan.
Over 34,000 Michigan public school children experienced homelessness, lived doubled up, or were at risk of losing their homes during the 2018-2019 school year. Only 58% of homelessness high school students graduate in 4 years – 23% lower than the average graduation rate for Michigan.
In Michigan, it is estimated that 1/4 to 1/3 youth (18-24) experiencing homelessness had an experience with the foster care system. Nationally, 40% of unaccompanied minors (under 18) experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+.
Seniors aged 55+ continue to see an increase in homelessness. Over 8,000 seniors experienced homelessness in 2019 with 76% of those having a disability.
We are in an affordable housing crisis. The average monthly income for a family with children exiting homelessness is $667, but the average Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Michigan for a two-bedroom apartment is $906 per month.
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