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Chicago homelessness, by the numbers
LGBTQ Youth Series from Windy City Times
2012-12-05

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10,995

The number of unaccompanied homeless youth (ages 14 to 21) in 2011-2012, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH).

266

The number of youth shelter beds in Chicago, according to the CCH.

17,255

How many homeless students Chicago Public Schools identified in 2011-2012 (up 10.7 percent from the prior school year). Of these, 98.4 percent were children of color, and 18 percent had been diagnosed with disabilities or development delays.

105,338

The total number of Chicagoans who were homeless during the 2011-2012 school year, according to the CCH. This marks a 12 percent increase from the previous year.

23

The percentage of Chicagoans living below the federal poverty line in 2010, according to the 2011 Report on Illinois Poverty. Another 10 percent were living in extreme poverty (below 50 percent of the federal poverty line).

$18.42

The estimated amount a person in Cook County needs to earn per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

232,200

The number of people who applied for 40,000 federally subsidized Chicago Housing Authority slots in 2008, according to the Chicago Tribune.

48,000

How many people visit state-funded shelters each year, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services.

48.6

The percentage of Chicago's homeless population who are families, according to a 2011-2012 analysis from the CCH. Children made up 33.8 percent; grandparents were 14.8 percent.

75

The percentage of Chicago's homeless population who are African-American, according to a 2007 point-in-time count by the city of Chicago. About 16 percent were white, 6 percent Latino, and 3 percent other ethnicity.

Generation Halsted is an eight-week series that seeks to capture youth voices not typically represented in Windy City Times and other media. The young people portrayed have many housing situations, gender identities and sexual orientations. The series looks primarily, but not exclusively, at Boystown, where an influx of young LGBTQ people has been a source of controversy. Windy City Times will continue to explore the issues raised here beyond this series.


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