Homeless in NJ Face Rising Rents Fewer Vouchers

Waiting Lists for Vouchers and
Affordable Housing Across State

Homeless in NJ Face Rising Rents Fewer VouchersWPIX 11 Reporter Christie Duffy, reported on January 12th on how homelessness in New Jersey is often connected to the severe shortage of affordable housing.

NJ is the fourth most expensive rental market in the country.

“Waiting lists for vouchers and public housing are common throughout the state, … A recent housing lottery for new affordable apartments in Edison drew 5-times as many applications as available units.”

Bayonne resident Mirna Zapata and Parsipanny resident Valerie Fox shared their perspectives and on and experiences with being formerly homeless. Both have been assisted with rental vouchers. Ms. Zapata as a result of a housing first program of the United Way of Hudson County.

Homeless and low-income individuals and families face challenges in affording the state’s high cost of living, including high rents.

“According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a family must earn $24.92/hour to afford a 2-bedroom apartment in New Jersey.”

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