The Jersey Journal reported in a September 7, 2013 article, “Homeless Population in Hudson County Seems to be Growing,” that this summer, homeless service providers in Hudson County did not see the typical seasonal dip in demand for shelter.
“’We’re seeing an economic squeeze,’ said Emory Edwards. He explained that PERC had provided 13,000 nights of shelter in 2010 and more than 19,000 last year. ‘Hudson County is getting more expensive. Without the right level of education, people cannot compete in today’s job market, and there’s a lack of entry-level jobs.
“We were basically at 100 percent,’ Edwards said. ‘It’s a little overwhelming sometimes.’”