NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The city of New Orleans declares today Homeless Women and Children Awareness Day.
It's an effort to help get people off the streets and into sustainable housing.
It's not uncommon to find people sleeping overnight in parks. But what many people don't realize is how many women and children are out on the streets.
According to the New Orleans Women's and Children Shelter, half of all children living in Orleans Parish live in poverty. Nearly 95 percent of the children living at the shelter are under the age of 10.
The city's unemployment rate contributes to this. New Orleans' unemployment rate it's 5.7 percent compared to 4.9 percent nationally.
Today, the shelter, along with the Landrieu administration, will release a progress report detailing the problem.
While the city hopes to open a new low barrier homeless shelter in Central City, advocates for the homeless say more needs to be done for the most vulnerable.
The problem doesn't just exist in Orleans Parish.
In Jefferson parish, one-quarter of the children live in poverty.
The women and children's progress report will be released later this morning.