NJTV and Newspaper Share the News About Statewide Homelessness Decrease
On June 17, 2015, the release of NJCounts 2015 garnered news stories from print and radio media across the state. While the almost 14% statewide decrease from 2014 of homeless men, women and children shows progress, the count still shows the critical need for voucher and homeless assistance funding.
NJTV reported on the statewide and Essex County counts:
“Monarch Housing Associates conducted the latest survey and says the housing the homeless effort needs more resources — like housing vouchers, living wage jobs and affordable housing to be built.
Monarch says 42 percent of New Jersey’s homeless have physical, mental and addiction issues.
‘All of those are overrepresented in the homeless population. It’s a barrier for folks to maintain their housing,’ said Jay Everett of Monarch.”
“Overall, there’s a real push from HUD (the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development”, but also in the individual counties, to move people into permanent housing as quickly as possible,” said Katelyn Cunningham, a Monarch associate. “As soon as a person enters emergency shelter or reaches out to a homeless provider in general, the goal of a lot of the programs is to automatically get the person back into permanent housing.”
“This year’s count shows a significant decrease of individuals experiencing homelessness in New Jersey, which is a great step forward in ending homelessness,” said Monarch Housing senior associate Taiisa Kelly, who directed NJ Counts 2015. “This reinforces that the best practices and interventions, such as affordable and supportive housing, Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing, work. We hope the information gathered from NJ Counts 2015 and contained in the summary reports will help communities better understand the population and their needs and create new housing opportunities that will continue the progress towards ending homelessness.”
The Philly Voice covered the results of both the statewide and Burlington County counts.
”’This year’s count shows a significant decrease of individuals experiencing homelessness in New Jersey, which is a great step forward in ending homelessness,’ said Taiisa Kelly, a senior associate at Monarch Housing Associates, a non-profit group that works to provide affordable housing.
Monarch Housing said these numbers reflect the need for voucher and homeless assistance funding.”