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What is Family Homelessness?

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Nationally, 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness are people in families. 60% are children under 18. 

Many families experiencing homelessness are “doubled up”, staying temporarily  with family members and friends, in small living spaces.

As a result,  family homelessness is often undercounted. The San Francisco Unified School District counts about 2,355 homeless students each year. San Francisco's ONE system shows about 1,100 homeless families who entered the homeless response system.

In San Francisco, more than 80% of homeless families are families of color, including Black and Hispanic/Latinx families.


Black communities make up only 5% (and Hispanic/Latinx communities 15%) of San Francisco’s population overall.

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