HOMELESSNESS DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE
Why We Are Homeless
Each year, an estimated 5,500 individuals are homeless in Western New York.
Over half are experiencing homelessness for the first time.
“If homeless men and women just got jobs, wouldn’t their problems be solved?”
Unfortunately homelessness is seldom an issue of economics. More often, its causes are complex. When we asked our homeless guests and program residents why they were homeless, here’s what they said:
- Loss of job
- Lack of education
- Lack of job skills
- Legal problems
- Drugs or alcohol
- Released from jail
- Fixed income
- Mismanaged money
- Bad decisions
- Strayed from God
- Peer pressure
- Kicked out of friend’s home
- No car
- Family problems
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse
- Home condemned
- Parent in jail
- Mental illness
- Bad relationships
- No child support
On any given night, over 1,000 people experience homelessness in WNY.
Who are they? What is today’s face of the homeless?
Impacts All Races
Homelessness does not discriminate. It impacts all races.
- 52 % are Black or African-American
- 37% are White
- 5% Other
- 4% are Multiple Races
- 1% are American Indian or Alaskan Native
- 1 % are Asian
They Are Educated
Two out of three homeless individuals have a high school or greater education.
- 37% have less than a High School education
- 36% have either a High School or GED diploma
- 18% have some College or Technical training
- 9% have a Bachelor's, Certification or greater
Reason of Homelessness
Four out of five are due to issues that could happen to any of us.
- 28% due to housing (fire/foreclosure/eviction)
- 21% due to other reasons
- 17% due to health (mental illness/disabilities)
- 14% are from household disputes
- 12% are economic related (loss of job / income)
- 8% are domestic violence and other family issues
The Buffalo City Mission spends time with each homeless guest so we can learn about their needs and the obstacles he or she faces. The DREAM transitional program is a process that provides a pathway to a stable life where individuals have the opportunity to build a better tomorrow. We offer many services and programs that provide a second chance at a life of self-sufficiency.
The Buffalo City Mission cares for 90% of homeless men, including veterans.
The Buffalo City Mission cares for 40% of the homeless women, including veterans.
Moms and Children
26.6% of those experiencing homelessness were children.*
In addition to the same programs and services as Women, the Buffalo City Mission also provides these child oriented services: