NJ Counts 2014 Attracts Statewide Attention

Media Outlets Interview Those Working to
End Homelessness Across the State

NJ CountsThe release of the results of NJ Counts 2014 on June 9, 2014 attracted attention from media outlets across New Jersey.

On the night of January 28, 2014, 13,900 men, women and children were counted across the state of New Jersey. This was an overall increase of 1,898 persons, or 15.8%, compared to the 2013 count.

The links below share the recent news coverage:

  • Courier-Post  – “Unfortunately this year’s count shows that there are still a significant number of adults and children experiencing homelessness in New Jersey,” said Taiisa Kelly, Monarch Housing, which directed the study.
  • Star-Ledger – Monarch’s Taiisa Kelly expressed concern about the ability to fund proven solutions to homelessness, “Unfortunately, proposed cuts in funding from Congress come at a time when it is more expensive than ever for New Jersey families to afford housing,” Kelly said.
  • NJ 101.5’s interview with Monarch’s Jay Everett – “Even though we need to address people’s immediate needs, longer-term solutions like providing good paying jobs that can support families and maintain housing are needed,” Everett said. “We also need to make sure that those who are chronically homeless have the services they need.”
  • South Jersey Times – “I don’t think there’s any surprise that Camden has homeless,” Rebecca Fuller of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley. “But then you see it in other counties. It’s a problem that happens in other places. To find that there are services that are needed everywhere is important.”
  • Bergen County – NJ.comJulia Orlando, director of the Bergen County Health and Human Services Center, highlighted the County’s success using Housing First model. But she said, “We’re doing this work every day and we’re still finding people that need assistance. It’s certainly concerning. We still have a lot of work to do.”
  • Bergen County – NorthJersey.com – “The data showed there was the increase in homelessness, which given the slow economic recovery in New Jersey and the high cost of housing, it’s unfortunately not surprising,” said Monarch’s Kate Kelly. And “It tells us that the time to act is now,” Monarch’s Richard Brown said. “That we can end homelessness for every family in the state, but we need to do it now before the numbers grow out of control.”
  • Burlington County Times – “What I really want is to have my own place,” Anderson said Monday, “try to be normal like I used to be.” And Said Monarch’s Richard Brown, “The hope that, “at some point, we don’t have to be doing this count.”
  • Burlington County – Philadelphia Inquirer – Said Sarah Anderson of Pemberton Township who was homeless during NJ Counts 2014 and remains homeless today, “What I really want is to have my own place,” Anderson said Monday, “try to be normal like I used to be.”
  • Camden CountyCNNMoney.com and updated video from the count. “I believe our numbers would have been a lot higher had it not been so cold,” said Shantel Garner, a project specialist at the Community Planning & Advocacy Council (CPAC), which helped organize and conduct Camden’s count.
  • Mercer County – Times of Trenton The homeless population in Mercer County has dropped 30 percent over the last five years, according to a recent survey, though results may not be fully reliable due to weather and other factors.
  • Monmouth and Ocean Counties – Asbury Park Press – “A portion of the statewide increase is linked to changes by some New Jersey counties to include residents who get temporary rental assistance as homeless people in emergency shelters, said Katelyn Cunningham, with Monarch Housing Associates, a nonprofit group that directs the homeless count and works to ensure quality affordable housing for everyone.”
  • Morris County – Daily Record – “The statistics reflect a growing problem, according to Lisa Falcone, director of Homeless Outreach Services for the Mental Health Association of Morris County. She said the collaboration among services and organization serving the homeless here is ‘incredibly positive.’”