“Statewide homelessness is increasing. The economic downturn is just one of the factors. ‘A person would need to work three full-time jobs if they had minimum wage salary in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment in the state.’”
In that same news segment, The Center in Asbury Park, Inc. makes the case for the critical need for federal housing funding, which was very timely given HUD’s funding announcement on Monday.
“Bottom line is that they’re living far beyond the poverty level until they could not afford any kind of decent housing. If we want them to get better, if we want them to stay clean, if we want them to be able to deal with their disease, then they’re gonna have to have housing.”
Said Rev. Robert Kaeding, executive director of The Center in Asbury Park, Inc.
“We are expecting that number to increase this year as more people are able to sustain the outdoor conditions. I think the numbers are just indicative of the ongoing needs in the state in terms of the lack of affordable housing in New Jersey and the lack of jobs that pay a living wage.”
MyCentralJersey reported on the how the local counts in Hunterdon, Middlesex and Union Counties.
“Throughout most of this week, we will have a Code Blue in effect. We will make every effort to get everyone who is homeless and out on the street into a shelter. What we will do is get a count from the people at the various shelters. Social workers also will be asked to call in counts from any daytime activities that are going on.”