Poverty

Poverty
  • In 2016, 1,934 of our clients were children.
  • Homeless children get sick four times as often as other children.
  • Catholic Charities operates three emergency overnight shelters and a day center in Santa Rosa, which collectively serve 3,000 homeless children and adults each year.
  • 11 million U.S. families pay at least half of their income toward housing, putting them at risk of becoming homeless.
  • The length of time people spent in our shelters has decreased from 196 days to 57 days.
  • 1 in 28 children in California do not know where they will get their next meal.
  • From 2000 to 2015, median income of renters has declined 6 percent, while rents have increased 16 percent.
  • We provide 389 emergency shelter beds each night in Sonoma County.
  • The annual cost of renting a two-bedroom, two-bath place in Sonoma County is $25,000.
  • For every child we house, 4 more are on our shelter waiting list.
  • 1 in 50 children in the US are homeless (~1.5 million children total).
  • In California, fewer than 25% of homeless children graduate from high school.
  • At eight food sites, we distribute 40,000 bags of food each year.
  • The National Center on Family Homelessness ranks California 48th out of 50 for extent of child homelessness (on a scale where 50 is the worst in the country).
  • For a Sonoma County family receiving CalFresh (formerly food stamps), the average monthly benefit is $162 per person, or $1.80 per meal.  
  • The average age of residents in our family shelter is 12 years old.
  • The average monthly amount California residents receive through WIC, a food subsidy program for pregnant mothers and their young children, is now down to $36.81/month.
  • About a third of Sonoma County's school-age children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.
  • We helped 135 homeless adults gain full-time employment in 2016.
  • 92% of homeless mothers have been severely physically or sexually assaulted at some point in their lives, many when they were children.
  • In the most recent homeless count, 57.5% of homeless people surveyed in Santa Rosa were staying on the street, in emergency shelters, in transitional housing, or in places not meant for human habitation.  
  • 31% of people who are homeless in Santa Rosa report that a combination of illness or disability and illness-related stresses on income contributed to their homelessness.
  • The average age of residents in our family shelter is 12 years old.
  • 35% of people who are homeless in Santa Rosa have some form of physical or medical disability.
  • Nearly 500 people in Santa Rosa are chronically homeless, which means they are homeless, disabled, and have either been continuously homeless for one year, or they have had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.
  • In California, a minimum-wage full-time worker earns 33% of what they would need to afford a 2-bedroom, fair-market-rate apartment.