See how the statistics of homelessness in Dayton compare to both the state’s and the nation’s numbers.
In Dayton and Montgomery County on any given night, more than 1000 of our fellow citizens are considered homeless. Individuals make up 82% of the overall population and nearly 18% are families with children.
In Montgomery County, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $717. To afford this level of rent and utilities––without paying more than 30% of income on housing––a household must earn $28,679 annually, or $13.79 per hour (assuming a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks per year.)
In the state of Ohio, 12,325 total people were homeless in 2013. A total of 4,714 (38%) people in households with dependent children were homeless in 2013, representing the smallest number of homeless families since 2008.
In Ohio, the Fair Market Rent for a two bedroom apartment is $712- the same as Montgomery County. To afford this level of rent and utilities-without paying more than 30% of income on housing-a household must earn $13.79 per hour (40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year). Ohio minimum wage is $7.95. To afford Fair Market Rent for a two bedroom apartment, a minimum wage earner must work 70 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.
In January 2013, an estimated 610,042 people experienced homelessness in the United States of America. 65% of homeless people counted were sheltered and 35% were unsheltered. 62% of homeless people counted were single adults, and 37% were persons living in families. 18% of homeless people were reported as chronically homeless, which, according to HUD’s definition, means they are homeless for long periods or repeatedly and have a disability.
The 2013 national Housing Wage for a two-bedroom rental unit is $18.79. A full-time worker must earn this wage and work year-round in order to afford the national average Fair Market Rent of $977 per month.
In January 2013, approximately 58,000 veterans were homeless in the United States. Of this, 60% of homeless veterans were located in emergency shelters while %40 were unsheltered. Veterans comprise approximately 12% of the total homeless population in the United States.
Source: CHALENG Report 2013 & The Fourth Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress 2013