Fast Facts on Homelessness


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  • Approximately 630 people are homeless in Tulare County.
  • The number one reason for homelessness in Tulare County is unemployment.
  • In Tulare County, 12% of the homeless population is under the age of 17, 7% are between the ages of 18 and 24, and 81% are over the age of 24.
  • 26% of the homeless population in Tulare County are victims of domestic abuse.
  • Substance abuse is a problem for 27% of those experiencing homelessness in Tulare County.


  • Approximately 118,000 people are homeless in California.
  • California accounts for 22% of the nation’s homeless population.
  • At 66%, California has the highest percentage of any state in their population of unsheltered homeless, with 78,000 of their 118,000 homeless population living without any type of shelter.


  • The number of people who are homeless in the United States is approximately 550,000.
  • About 35% of the homeless population in America are people in families and the other 65% are individuals.
  • Approximately 7% of the homeless population in America, about 40,000 individuals, are veterans.
  • Nationally, about 22% of people experiencing homelessness are under the age of 18, with 9% between the ages of 18-24, and 69% over the age of 24.
  • While only 6% of the general population suffers from mental illness, 20% of the homeless population suffers from undiagnosed and untreated mental illness.