Across Western New York, there has been a recent spike in poverty and homelessness—and children are the fastest growing segment of this population. For example, according to 2011 census data, Buffalo ranked third for U.S. cities with populations of more than 250,000 with the highest level of children living in poverty—nearly 48%. According to the Homeless Alliance of WNY, on any given night in Erie County 1,000 people experience homelessness—a 15% increase in 2012 compared to 2011—and more than 28% are under 18 years old. These children lag behind their peers in many ways, including health, emotional and intellectual development, and less likely to graduate high school.
To learn more about homelessness locally and across the nation, click on the materials below and the links to homeless organizations on the right.
"A Snapshot of the Homeless in the Buffalo Area"
Investigative Post, December 12, 2012
"2012 Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in Erie County"
Homeless Alliance of Western New York
"Gap in jobless rates between rich, poor hits widest level on record"
Buffalo News, September 17, 2013
From Tuck Sleep:
From Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases their annual Homeless Assessment Report. In 2016, they reported: