Local Statistics

Surprising Facts About Poverty and Homelessness

  • More than 4,000 people are homeless in Wake County
  • 2,7361 Wake County Public School students are homeless
  • 1 in 30 children experiences homelessness1
  • Homeless children get sick four times as much as other children1
  • 83 percent of homeless children are exposed to violence1
  • More than 800 men, women and children face Raleigh’s winter nights without shelter
  • Raleigh Rescue Mission provided more than 13,335 housing referrals and permanent housing placements in 2015
  • Almost 1 in 12 Wake County residents have sheltered someone who might otherwise be homeless
  • 62,295 local neighbors live in poverty – more and more are families
  • Life expectancy on the streets is less than 46 years

Your support of Raleigh Rescue Mission really adds up!

  • Nearly 1 million people have helped since we opened in 1961
  • More than 140,000 meals a year
  • 195 children kept with their families last year
  • 38,000 people sheltered last year
  • 13,335 housing referrals
  • 1,300 coats, hats and other winter clothing items distributed

1 http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article47067030.html

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