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STATISTICS AND MYTHBUSTERS

The fastest growing group of homeless people is children under 9 years of age.

Atlanta is the poorest city in the U.S. for children - more children in Atlanta live in poverty than in any other city.

48% of all the children in Atlanta in poverty live in families with annual incomes of less than $15,000 a year.

For children under age 6 living in female-headed families with no spouse present, the poverty rate is 58.8%.

Children ages 6-17 living in female-headed families with no spouse present have a poverty rate of 44.9%.

Current welfare (TANF) benefits are $282 a month for a woman with two children. Could you find an apartment to rent on $282 a month?

Fewer than 20% of those women and children living on welfare get any kind of housing subsidy.

98 million children in the U.S. have no health insurance. Eight million of those children without health insurance live in working families.

Did you know that 40% - 60% of homeless people work?

Minimum wage in Georgia is $5.85 per hour, which yields $12,168 per year, before taxes.

HUD says you should pay no more than 30% of your income for your housing. (30% of minimum wage yields $270/mo. for rent)

The average two-bedroom apartment in Atlanta rents for $834/mo. (which is 30% of an annual income of $33,360 or hourly rate of $16+ per hour). Thus, you need to earn $16+ per hour to afford that apartment, according to HUD.

46% of the jobs with the most growth between 1994 and 2005 pay less than $16,000 a year.

40% of homeless men are veterans.

The wealthiest nation on Earth has a wider gap between rich and poor than any other nation.

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