Every year, Shelterhouse assists thousands of individuals – some with housing, some with programs, some with that extra bit of help that will keep them from the edge and alter their whole world. While the numbers both in our area and nationwide may be staggering, they illustrate the reality for many men and women.

Shelterhouse Statistics

  • 2,506 – number of homeless individuals served in our emergency shelter in 2017
  • Open 24 hours, 365 days a year
  • 74% male, 26% female
  • Provided 94,156 total shelter nights to homeless men and women
  • 258 – daily average number of residents receiving food and shelter
  • 130,922 – number of meals served this year
  • Distribute food, toiletries, towels, blankets, and emergency clothing items
  • 27% were chronically homeless
  • 39% were mentally ill
  • 15% were disabled
  • 10% were veterans

(Information collected during 2017 calendar year, VESTA)

Ohio’s Homeless Statistics

  • About 44,728 people experience homelessness each year
  • Single adults make up 57% of the homeless
  • Families represent 31% of the homeless
  • 12% of the homeless are chronically homeless
  • Hamilton County has the 3rd highest homeless population behind Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) and Franklin County (Columbus).

National Homeless Statistics**

  • In 2016, there were 549,928 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States.
  • 63% are individuals
  • 50% are over the age of 50
  • 15% are chronically homeless
  • 8% are veterans.
  • 60% male, 39.7% female, .03% transgendered


*Chronically Homeless: According to HUD, an unaccompanied individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more, or has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years
**Statistics are from the National Alliance to End Homelessness