There are 12,552 “couch-homeless” in Mecklenburg County.
What is “couch-homeless”? This term refers to populations that are precariously housed; and generally means persons staying with a friend or relative. Also known as “couch-surfers”.
Charlotte has 4,453 children k-12 grade that are homeless.
What exactly is “homeless” defined as?
Homeless children and children recognized as “couch-homeless” statistically perform worse in school than do children who are in permanent housing.
Homeownership amongst parents has proven to increase the academic success of their children when compared to children of parents who did not own a home.
A university study showed that children who did not sleep in a bed suffered from the effects of a cold almost two weeks longer than the typical child who slept in a bed and often resulted in an emergency room visit.
10.6% of Charlotte’s population and 7.8% of the city’s families are at or below the poverty line.
In 2010 the number of homeless families in Charlotte doubled because of the hurting economy.
North Carolina ranked as within the top ten worst states in the U.S. in services to impoverished children (44th out of 50).