• Did You Know...?

    Interesting Facts Regarding Homelessness, Housing & More  

    • The poverty rate in South Carolina stands at 16%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1% (www.247wallst.com)

    • On a single night in January 2020 an estimated 171,575 people in families or 55.739 family households were identified as homeless in America. Approximately 16,667 people in families were living on the street, in a car, or in another place not meant for human habitation. (www.endhomelessness.org)

    • Out of almost 72.4 million children under the age 18 years old in the United States, 41% of those children live in low-income families. (www.nccp.org)

    • In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment and food insecurity soared. In 2021, 53 million people turned to food banks and community programs for help putting food on the table. (www.feedingamerica.org).

    • The U.S. has a shortage of 7 million rental homes affordable and available to extremely low-income renters, whose household incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income. Only 36 affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low-income renter households. (www.nlihc.org).

    • In South Carolina, the FMR for a two bedroom apartment is $1,004.

    • In our state, a worker earning the minimum wage of $7.25 must work 106 hours per week, 52 weeks per year in order to afford a two bedroom unit at the FMR.

    • In the Columbia Metro area, an hourly wage of $19.04 is needed to afford the two bedroom FMR of $990.

    • South Carolina currently has the 28th highest standing in the national FMR rankings.

    • During the 2020-21 school year, Richland County School District One served almost 300 school age students experiencing homelessness.

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    Deborah Boone @ 803-231-6914  for additional information


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