NJCounts 2016 will take place on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in each of New Jersey’s counties.
NJCounts 2015 found 10,211 homeless men, women and children across the state of New Jersey. This showed a decrease of 1,645 persons (13.9%) from 2014. While the decrease shows progress, the count still shows the critical need for voucher and homeless assistance funding.
NJCounts is the annual Point in Time count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in the state of New Jersey.
NJ Counts takes place during the last 10 days of January in accordance with requirements from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
While HUD mandates an annual count of sheltered homeless population and a biennial count of un-sheltered homeless populations, New Jersey employs an annual count to not only obtain consistent data about the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness, but also to understand the causes of homelessness and the service needs of those experiencing homelessness.