I got in a bit of an argument last night about the scope of the homeless problem in the United States. As with poverty in general, I’ve discovered most people underestimate the numbers.
“How many people are homeless? Why? Over a five-year period, about 2–3 percent of the U.S. population (5–8 million people) will experience at least one night of homelessness.”
Yeah. 5-8 million people. And those are the numbers that the US government is willing to admit to (which probably means that the real numbers are significantly higher).