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Shocking Statistics

Impacting Statistics: The Hagar House is crucial to the health of our community for many reasons. The following are a disheartening reality of social determinates like that of homelessness and single mother homes.

  • In the 2020-2021 school year, Wausau School District identified 134 students they deemed were from homeless families.

  • Marathon County ranks 2nd in the state for highest percentage of single moms on public assistance according to American Community Survey 2020.

  • The countyoffice.org lists children below the poverty line in female parent/guardian home at 29.1% in Marathon County. Totaling an estimated 4,300 single mothers.

  • According to the U.S Department of Justice, 7 out of every 10 youth that are housed in state-operated correctional facilities come from a fatherless home. 75% of adolescent patients being treated in substance abuse centers come from a fatherless home.

  • The PEW Research Center states these children are 2 times as likely to drop out from school and 2.5 times as likely to become teen mothers. They have lower grade point averages, lower college aspirations, and poorer attendance records.

  • The Justice Policy Institute published an article in July of 2020 stating, “the average state cost for the secure confinement of a young person is now $588 per day, or $214,620 per year, a 44 percent increase from 2014. Where community-based programs provide individualized and wraparound services based on the unique needs of each youth and can cost as little as $75 per day. Such programs engage the family, connect the youth to supportive neighborhood resources, and consistently produce better outcomes than confinement.”

It is possible to mitigate these statistics and cost through intervention. These are just a few examples of why our community needs long-term support services, like that of the Hagar House.