On January 25, 2012, county staff, homeless providers and advocates and volunteers across the state counted the number of the homeless for the annual Point in Time Count survey and provided the homeless with meals, warm clothing and service referrals through their annual Project Homeless Connect events. The survey, conducted across the country on the same day each year, gives a one day snapshot of the homeless and counties used the data as part of their annual application for federal homeless funding.
In Bergen County, last year’s Point in Time Count found 1,524 homeless individuals in the county and homeless advocates will now have updated numbers to track trends in homelessness and their progress in ending it.
And at its 6th annual Project Homeless Connect event, the homeless received, along with a hot meal, warm donated jackets and hats from the New York Giants Foundation.
And click here for a slide show of photos from the day.
Click here for a photo from Hudson County’s Point in Time Count.
And last week, the Asbury Park Press, highlighted the upcoming Count with a profile of a homeless man who has been without a home for seven years and lives in the woods in Howell and previews of the counts planned in Somerset, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. The article also reported on the recent findings of the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ (the Alliance) new report.