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Berrien County Homeless Statistics

berrien county homeless problems, national statistics on homelessness

Berrien County

25% of all kids in Berrien County are eligible for free/reduced lunch
20,630 people in Berrien County live below poverty
41% of the people in poverty in Berrien County are children

Poverty rates

1. Singles- 10.5%
2. 2 parent households with kids under 5 yrs- 20%
3. Single parent households with kids under 5 yrs-55%
Functional illiteracy rate:
1. Benton Harbor-50%
2. Berrien County-42%

Emergency Shelter:

267 women and children were turned away from the Emergency Shelter last year due to capacity

2004- only 57% of families leaving the Emergency Shelter went into stable housing

31% of women in the Emergency Shelter are working

21% qualify for disability

55% of the people who stayed at the Emergency Shelter last year were children

404 School-age children stayed at the Emergency Shelter or Safe Shelter last year

55% of the people who stayed at the Shelter last year were children

Families leaving the Shelter went into stable housing
1. 2003- 67%
2. 2004- 57%
3. 2005-

Where are the fathers:
1. 50% are unemployed
2. 43% substance abuse
3. 31% physical/mental health issues
4. 32% are in jail or on probation

Recidivism rate for the Shelter:
1. 2003- 82%
2. 2004- 78%


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