National report: Homeless families headed by single women continues as a trend

In an annual report to Congress, the National Center on Family Homelessness reported that in 2012 a “typical homeless family is comprised of a mother in her late 20s with two children”

“This report reflects what we have seen here in the Treasure Valley for over a decade,” said Bill Roscoe, chief executive officer at the Boise Rescue Mission.

“The overwhelming number of families seeking shelter at the Mission are headed by single moms and almost half of the women in shelters have at least one child with them,” Roscoe added.

Boise Rescue Mission, which oversees facilities for women and children at City Light on Jefferson Street, is currently hosting a large number of younger guests. Of the 30 children in Mission shelters, 13 are under age 12 and 13 are 5 or younger.

The national report found that 42 percent of the children in homeless families are under the age of 6.

Meals served at the Mission also reflect a high number of families attending. Of the 28,800 meals served at the Missions dining rooms in May, over half were served to women and children.

“The causes of homelessness for these families are as varied as the individuals themselves, but, the lack of affordable housing, domestic violence and lack of job skills are often reported. We are very thankful to this community for their support of the Mission as we serve and assist these women and children to return to independent living.” Roscoe said.

Boise Rescue Mission is a Christian nonprofit agency that does not receive government funding.

Read more about the National Center on Family Homelessness’ report to Congress.