GivingTuesday is next week on December 1, 2015. Together with your help, Monarch Housing can increase its capacity to ensure that everyone in New Jersey has a home.
In 2015, the NJCounts Point-In-Time Count found 10,211 homeless men, women and children across the state of New Jersey on the night of the Count.
Overall, the 2015 homeless Count found a 14% decrease compared to the 2014 Count.
But the un-sheltered population increased 5% as compared to the 2014 population.
As much of the country recovers from the financial crisis, the very poor and homeless are being left behind. Monarch Housing Associates coordinates the annual NJCounts with funding from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.
As Monarch looks ahead to NJCounts 2016 which will take place at the end of January 2016, we know that the Count results are critical to understanding and ending homelessness in New Jersey.
Regional, state and national reporters use the NJCounts 2015 data as a reliable source of homeless data for the state. Just this month, the Asbury Park Press and NJSpotlight used the 2015 number of homeless veterans in New Jersey – 695 – when reporting on veterans homelessness in the state.
“Around the U.S., homelessness has been driven in part by cutbacks in voucher programs and low pay, according to Kate Kelly, a public-policy associate for Monarch Housing, a non-profit group based in Cranford, New Jersey, that oversaw the 2015 count known as Point In Time.”
Imagine a day when we no longer need a count of the homeless? Through your generosity on Giving Tuesday, Monarch can:
Support sound planning efforts to end homelessness for all,
Fund public policy efforts to increase government investment in the creation of supportive housing.
Help develop affordable rental housing like Kilmer Homes in Edison New Jersey.