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3 Hard-To-Believe Facts About Homelessness In Massachusetts

March 20, 2020

Homelessness has a number of different characteristics that can vary based on the geographical region of the community. In Massachusetts, the homeless population has to deal with a difficult, often cold climate on top of the other already pressing issues of homelessness.

While we’ve written before about things everyone should understand regarding homelessness, there are certain facts about homelessness in Massachusetts that are cause for concern. Here are 4 startling facts about homlessness in Massachusetts that you need to know.

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The Homeless Population in Massachusetts is Growing

After seeing a shocking increase in the homeless population from 2017 to 2018 (a roughly 14 percent increase, in fact), numbers have continued to rise in the last two years. The 14 percent jump from 2017 to 2018 was the largest change in a homeless population anywhere in the United States, and a sign of a growing problem.

There was roughly a one percent increase in the homeless population in Boston in 2019, which marks a less significant, but still not ideal, trend. The homeless population is growing in Massachusetts, and a fair question to ask is, “Are we doing enough about it?”

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There Are Over 13,000 Homeless Families in Massachusetts

The fact that so many people have no permanent place to call home is disheartening to begin with. But when families, often with young children, have no place to stay, the issue feels somehow worse. No family wants to be homeless, and no child should be forced to wonder about their next meal or where they’ll be sleeping at night.

It’s natural that this statistic may come as a bit of a surprise for many people, but it’s a crucial reality to be aware of. Until the homeless issue is effectively addressed, families will continue to suffer.

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Boston Public Schools Reports 3,500 Of Their Students Are Experiencing Homelessness

In a report from 2018, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development delivered the startling statistic that 3,500 students in Boston Public Schools were homeless. This number exceeded many experts’ expectations and raised red flags around the city.

Children and teenagers being homeless is more than likely going to impact their performance in school, their self image, and their attitude. It also falls on a society and community to ensure children are afforded every possible opportunity to succeed, and staying in school is a crucial part of a young person’s potential.

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Homelessness is an issue that should inspire empathy and action. But often people aren’t fully educated on just how prevalent these issues have become. The three statistics in this blog are meant to shock you into realizing just how significant of a problem homelessness has become.