11% Percent Decrease Since 2007
13,900 Homeless in NJ
According to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of people experiencing homelessness on a given night has declined by 2% since 2013, and by 11% since 2007.
During the January 2014 Point-in-Time Count, volunteers counted 578,424 people experiencing homelessness.
NJ Counts 2014, which took place last year on January 28, 2014, is New Jersey’s annual Point-in-Time Count. On the night of January 28, 2014, 13,900 homeless 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.
Additional findings include that:
- Of the 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on a given night in January 2014, 69% were sheltered, 31% were un-sheltered.
- 23%of all homeless people counted were children under the age of 18; 10 percent were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 66% were 25 years old or older.
- 63% of people counted were experiencing homelessness as individuals, while 37% were homeless people in families.
- Homelessness among people in families declined by 3% since 2013 and by 8% since 2007.
HUD’s Point-in-Time Count is the national survey that counts everyone who is staying in a shelter or other homeless programs as well as people who are living on the streets or other places not meant for human habitation. Its methodology is fairly consistent over time, allowing an assessment of whether the number of homeless people is growing or shrinking.
It does not, however, count every single homeless person, nor does it assess the number of people who are at high risk of homelessness because they have unstable or unacceptable housing.
Click here for the full national report.
Click here for the NJ statewide report.