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 – 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.”
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.”