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On any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless, according to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.
According to aDecember, 2000 report of the US Conference of Mayors:
* single men comprise 44 percent of the homeless, single women 13 percent, families with children 36 percent, and unaccompanied minors sevenpercent.
* the homeless population is about 50 percent African-American, 35 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Native American and 1 percent Asian.
According to the 1996 NationalSurvey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (NSHAPC):
* single homeless individuals in 1996 reported an average income of $348 during the last 30 days, about 51 percent of the 1996 federalpoverty level of $680/month for one person.
* 28 percent said they sometimes or often do not get enough to eat, compared with 12 percent of poor American adults.
* 44 percent did paid workduring the past month.
* 21 percent received income from family members or friends.
* 66 percent of the homeless have problems with alcohol, drug abuse, or mental illness.
* 22 percent havebeen physically assaulted.
* 7 percent have been sexually assaulted.
* 38 percent say someone stole money or things directly from them.
* 30 percent have been homeless for more thantwo years.
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To live a normal life requires having a home to live in. Yet homeless people can be found in everycountry, in smaller numbers or in larger numbers, with no home and unable to afford any - and often only because they cannot get the housing loans or welfare available to others.

The causes ofhomelessness may have been family breakdown or tragedy (maybe via orphanage or prison), or perhaps a natural disaster or war - but in developed countries it can largely be the socially less competent or...
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