There was a more significant decrease during the first few years of this time period due in large part to affordable housing funding coming through the state Special Needs Trust and a steady stream of new Section 8 (Housing Choice) vouchers.
However, due to federal funding cuts and vouchers lost to sequestration, the rate of decline (only 2%) from 2013-2014 slowed to the point of being flat.
In addition, NJ’s Special Needs Housing Trust fund no longer has funding. This fund helped create quality-housing people can afford with needed supportive services for over 1,510 supportive housing units for a total of 1,753 persons with special needs throughout New Jersey. Many of these units were for persons were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Therefore, now is the time to:
At the state level in New Jersey, the first thing to do to end homelessness and create housing for all New Jersey residents with special needs, is to renew the Special Needs Housing Trust Fund;