Homelessness In Atlanta
The typical homeless person in metro-Atlanta
- Between the ages of 36 and 45 years
- Cited alcohol or drug use and unemployment as the
primary cause of homelessness
- Had trouble obtaining food, water, and
transportation on a daily basis
- Has been homeless for less than a year
On any given night approximately 7,000 Atlantans are
Some Additional Facts About
- The median monthly income for people who are
homeless is $367, less than half the federal poverty level for a single adult.
- In 14 states and 69 metropolitan areas, the entire
maximum Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits do not cover the Fair Market Rent for a one-bedroom apartment and no state in the nation offers SSI income equal to the federal minimum
- The average adult man who is homeless is in his
late 30s. Minorities, in particular African Americans, are overrepresented among people who are homeless and have a mental illness.
- As many as 90 percent of people who are homeless
have prior work histories and 15 percent to 20 percent currently have jobs.
- An estimated one-third of the
approximately 600,000 Americans who are homeless on any given night have serious mental illnesses and more than
one-half also have substance use disorders.
- Many people who are homeless and have addictive
disorders want treatment, but the service system is ill-equipped to respond to their needs, leaving them with no access to treatment services and recovery supports.
- People who are homeless frequently depend on the
highest-cost public service systems—emergency rooms, hospital psychiatric beds, detoxification centers, residential treatment programs and, in some places, jail cells—which places a huge and
unnecessary burden on health, mental health and correctional systems.
- Because men who are homeless are more likely to
have substance use disorders than women who are homeless, men are more often excluded from emergency shelters because these facilities often require abstinence as a condition for admission.
This partially explains why more men than women sleep on the streets
*Information culled from The 2013 Metro AtlantaTri-Jurisdictional
Collaborative Homeless Census and Survey.
Statistics on Incarceration in Georgia
- It costs approximately $72 per day and $26k per
year to incarcerate someone in Fulton County
- 1 in 15 Georgians is on probation or parole (ranked
#1 in the US)
- 1 in 13 Georgians is under some form of
correctional supervision (ranked #1 in the US)
- In 2010, approximately 48,000 individuals were
incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail, which has a 2,500 bed capacity.
- On any given day, in Metro Atlanta (a five-county
area) with a population of 3.5 million, approximately 13,000 individuals are incarcerated
- On any given day in New York City with a population
of 8 million, approximately 13,000 individuals are incarcerated.
* Information was gathered from the Fulton Co. Chairman of Commissioners