BALTIMORE - Camp83, the homeless camp under I-83 in Baltimore was cleared away on Friday. The stories of the people who lived in the camp differ, but they are not alone. According to a study by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development there are more than 400,000 homeless in the United States.
The 2010 study found that 407,966 people were homeless in shelters, transitional housing, or on the streets. More than 100,000 were chronically homeless and 85 percent of the homeless were single.
What else do we know about the homeless?
Here is a breakdown of who the homeless are across the United States:
62 percent were male
38 percent were female
21.8 percent were under age 18
23.5 percent were 18-30 years old
37 percent are 31-50
14.9 percent are 51- 61
4.5 percent are 62 or older
41 percent are White, Non-Hispanic
37 percent are Black/African American
9.7 are White, Hispanic
7.2 are multiple races
4.5 percent are another single race
Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
According to the story, on a given night in January 2010
26.2 of all sheltered people who were homeless had a severe mental illness
34.7 percent of sheltered people had chronic substance use issues
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