Jon Bowne Reports Published on Aug 19, 2019 There are over 550,000 homeless on the streets of American cities. 36,000 of those are youths. 38,000 are veterans. And 180,000 are families And if white privilege exists, why is it that white Americans are the largest racial group of homelessness, making up 49 percent of those on the streets. However, things are tough all over as black Americans and native Americans numbers are high compared to their numbers in the general population. And the homeless population is gradually increasing.