United States of America

Street Soccer USA

SSUSA is a registered non-profit organisation that promotes and develops a national network of Sport for Development programs based in social service agencies across the country. SSUSA creates positive community through sports around youth and adults who are homeless, dramatically transforming the context in which participants live from one of isolation and marginalization to one of support and encouragement.

SSUSA organises the Homeless World Cup Team USA, bringing players from 19 cities ranging from California to Washington, D.C. together via the Street Soccer USA Cup.

Organisation Details

Participants

Homeless men and women; young people aged 8-17 living in low income housing developments and family homeless shelters

Locations

Nationwide

Homelessness Statistics

45.3 Million
People living in poverty
1.6 - 3.5 Million
People experiencing homelessness
2 483 539
Children experienced homelessness in 2013

In 2013, the official poverty rate was 14.5 percent, which means 45.3 million people lived in poverty (US Census Bureau, 2013). The 2008, economic crisis significantly increased homelessness, job insecurity, and poverty (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009), leaving young people among the most vulnerable (City Lab, 2013).

On a single night in January 2013, there were 610,042 people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness has declined by 9% since 2007 (HUD, 2013). However, unofficial estimates of total homelessness range from 1.6 million to 3.5 (NCH, 2009), and in 2013, 2,483,539 children experienced homelessness (NCFH, 2014).