Facts about homelessness in Massachusetts

2,017 families were in shelters as of Nov. 14; an additional 1,772 families were being sheltered in motels.

There was a 10.2 percent increase in the state’s homeless population from 2007 to 2011.


8 is the average age of a homeless person.

6,500 families are considered at-risk, and have received HomeBASE short-term rental assistance between August 2011 and November 2012.

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There were more than 44,000 homeless students in Massachusetts public schools in 2011.

Sources: Mass. Dept. of Housing and Community Development, US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (Mass.), Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, 2011 Youth Risk & Behavior Survey

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