Some facts about family homelessness

Did you know that in 1986 the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program grant for a family of 4 was $621/month and that Fair Market Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment was $480? Today the same family qualifies for the same $621/month and the same apartment rents for more than $928.

A single parent with two children who makes $21,200 annually can afford to pay $530/month in rent without experiencing a housing–cost burden. There were two 2-bedroom vacancies in Hennepin County with a rent at or below $530 advertised between the months of April and June 2008.

Read the Star Tribune editorial: Counterpoint: Homeless kids at the Drake a symptom, not the disease


One response to “Some facts about family homelessness

  1. Yes.. we have 200 homeless children in our center in miami.
    Community Partnership for Homeless. Many single mothers
    and women who have been victims of domestic violence.
    Once we get a child in our center we make sure that they start school within 24 hours. We also make sure that they are seen by a doctor and a dentist. Many of our children have made the honor role while they have lived with us.
    It makes us proud when we can help a family get back into society.

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