CSH has released the 2013 Point-in-Time (PITC) report. There were 11,818 homeless men, women and children counted across the state of New Jersey as part of the 2013 PITC Compared to 2011’s mandated HUD count; there was an overall decline of 8.5% from 2011. Compared to 2012 it was an increase of 77 persons.
Using the statistical formula developed in the publication “Estimating the Need,” it is projected that over the course of a year, 25,612 adults and children are homeless in the State of New Jersey. In 2012, the estimate was 29,011. The change from 2012 was a decline of 3,399 of 11.7%.
Key findings from the report include.
There were 11,818 homeless men, women and children counted across the state of New Jersey as part of the 2013 PITC.
The estimated number of men, women and children that are homeless over the course of the year in the State of New Jersey is 25,612.3
There were 8,002 adults counted as homeless on the night of January 30, 2013. Of those adults, 1,271 (15.8%) were unsheltered and 6,731 (84.1%) were sheltered. The largest percentage of the homeless population was living in emergency shelter on the night of the count (40.6%).
A total of 3,816 children under the age of 18 were homeless on the night of the count. Of the 3,816 children, 2,211 (57.9%) were six years or younger, and 1,065 (27.9%) were between the ages of seven and seventeen.
The County of Essex had the highest percentage of homeless in New Jersey with 14.7% of the total homeless population.
The largest percentage of homeless had been homeless for more than one year (30.5%). 23.0% of the total homeless population reported having at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years (since January 30, 2010).
The largest percentage of the homeless defines their race as Black (46.0%), and the largest age cohort of the homeless was 40 to 49 years old (22.4%).
The largest HUD homeless sub-population in the 2013 count was people who are homeless with mental health issues (33.2%).
The top reported financial resources for the homeless population on the night of the count included Food Stamps, Medicaid, and Welfare. The largest percentage of homeless respondents had an estimated yearly income of $5,000 or less.
The top reason reported for current living situation was loss of job and inability to find work.
As reported by respondents, over the past three years, the institution that discharged the largest number of respondents into homelessness was City/County jails at 12.3%.