Shelter and transitional housing are the most requested services by domestic violence survivors but are the least available for them. Shelters across the US are overcrowded, and the nation’s affordable housing stock is diminishing.

A 2016 study found that, in a single day, US domestic violence programs fielded more than 20,000 hotline calls, but nearly 12,000 requests for help went unheeded because the services weren’t available. Two-thirds of the unmet requests for services were for housing.

As education is a significant determining factor of economic well-being and other outcomes, the study’s findings suggest that household crowding during high school years might contribute to inequality over a person’s life.

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