About Homelessness

Homelessness is a problem many people don’t quite understand.
In Indianapolis, family homelessness continues to be a growing problem.
— Below are some facts and figures to help you understand
what it looks and feels like to be a homeless child in Indianapolis.

Over the course of a year, over 3,171 children in Marion County experience homelessness.
65% of these children are under the age of 12.

Families make up more than one third of the Indianapolis homeless population.

Homeless children are twice as likely as their non-homeless peers to develop learning disabilities.

Homeless youth are more likely to be ill and do poorly in school.

Homeless students change schools an average of 3 times while homeless, needing 4 to 6 months each time to recover academically.

Only 52% of homeless students test at or above the state standards for Reading, and only 50% for math.

For more, download our Facts About Homelessness PDF or check out our Partners & Friends in the Fight page.

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