4,022 homeless families are currently in shelters in Virginia and Maryland, according to a report released by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy group, the Virginia Coalition for the Homeless.
The coalition’s report, released Tuesday, also showed that homeless families living in the metro area were far less likely to have children.
The number of homeless families was at 2,085 in Virginia compared to 6,746 in Maryland.
And in Virginia’s largest county, Arlington, only 1,073 families were homeless.
The report, which examined homeless families and shelter placement statistics across the country, found that a disproportionate number of families were located in urban centers.
The majority of homeless individuals in the United States are children of working-class families, according the report.
In Maryland, the number of adults living in poverty was highest in Fairfax County, where 7 percent of adults were homeless, the report found.
In Baltimore County, 6 percent of the population was homeless, but nearly half of the homeless families were in that county.
The largest concentration of homeless adults in Virginia was in Hampton Roads, where nearly half the homeless adults lived in the area, according data from the Virginia Department of Social Services.
In the suburbs, the city of Richmond had the most homeless families, with nearly 6,000 adults living there, according census data.
But there are also more than 200 homeless families that live in the city’s suburbs.
The Coalition for Homeless Families found that the state had the highest percentage of families with children living in shelters.
That was followed by Maryland with 4 percent, Virginia with 3 percent, and the District of Columbia with 2 percent.
The group also noted that the homelessness rate in Virginia had decreased by 25 percent since 2010, with about 6,200 adults in shelters during that time.
For homeless families who are unable to access food, shelter placement services are available.
But many of these families have difficulty paying for these services and are forced to live in shelters or homeless encampments.
The Center for American Progress, which co-authored the report, said in a statement that the coalition’s findings showed that “children and families are being put in unnecessary danger by the lack of funding for safe, secure, and affordable shelter and food programs.”