About Homelessness“A majority of homeless people counted during the Point-In-Time Count were in emergency shelters or transitional housing shelters, but over one in five were unsheltered, living in cars, abandoned buildings, tents, or other places not intended for human habitation….These individuals experience extreme hardship, and are often most susceptible to illness, drug abuse and violence.”

– NH Coalition on Homelessness

Homelessness in New Hampshire

Many of our Monadnock area neighbors live one paycheck away from homelessness. They never expect to lose their homes. But accumulating hardships force them into homelessness, and they soon exhaust their network of family and friends. They move from couch to couch. Entire families live in cars, campgrounds, or in the woods. MATS provides the help many families and friends would like to provide if they could afford to.

Did You Know That:

40% of the overall homeless population in New Hampshire consists of families with children.

Veterans comprise 9% of New Hampshire’s homeless population.

The median rent for a two bedroom apartment in Hillsborough county is $1,278 per month. Rents for apartments have climbed more than 16% over the last 10 years. Additionally, utility costs for rental housing have increased 57% over the last 10 years.

The average income of the working poor continues to fall but rents continue to increase.

On any given day in New Hampshire, there are 1,710 people who are homeless.

Around 3,350 school children are identified as being homeless. This does not include toddlers and pre-schoolers, those who don’t go to school because of moving frequently or those who have not been identified.

The Community Kitchen soup kitchen in Keene New Hampshire served 480,240 meals in 2015.

Today, most people in America live one paycheck away from homelessness.

Sources:

NH Coalition to End Homelessness
The State of Homelessness in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
New Hampshire Consolidated Plan 2016-2020

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services
2018 Point-in-Time Count

The State of Homelessness from EndHomelessness.org

The Community Kitchen