Kalamazoo Homelessness Statistics

Kalamazoo Homelessness Statistics

While circumstances can vary, the main reason people experience homelessness is because they cannot find housing they can afford. The main reason is the scarcity of affordable housing in the United States. Kalamazoo County is no different.

According to the Kalamazoo County Community Action Agency, 16% of Kalamazoo County residents — an estimated 39,000 people — live below the poverty guideline.

The 2010 poverty guideline for a family of 4 is just over $22,000, barely meeting the basic needs of housing, food, and utilities.  Families and individuals are forced into making hard choices between hunger, housing, and healthcare.

Many American workers cannot afford to live in the communities they serve and Kalamazoo is no different.  

Many of our neighbors are only one emergency away from facing a financial crisis that will adversely affect their ability to make mortgage, rent, utility, and food payments.  The current economic climate does not lessen the effects on those in poverty, and impacts an entirely new group of people, who are not accustomed to dealing with such hard times.