Volunteers to Focus on Veterans
Experiencing Homelessness

How Many Homeless Live in South Jersey?“There is a saying in the world of advocacy for the homeless: Data equals dollars.

‘If you don’t know how many people you have then you can’t request funding or if they don’t see the demand then they don’t think you need funding.”

Said Diane Strozyk, director of the division of homeless for Cumberland County.

On January 14, 2016, NJ.Com reported that communities in South Jersey, including Cumberland County, are preparing for NJCounts 2016 – the annual point-in-time count of the homeless – on January 27, 2016.

NJCounts 2016 is in critical in gathering the data that communities need to continue planning work to end homelessness.

NJCounts 2015 found 10,211 homeless individuals in New Jersey.

There were

  • 201 homeless in Cumberland County,
  • 548 in Atlantic County,
  • 611 in Camden County,
  • 120 in Gloucester County,
  • 38 in Salem County and
  • 157 in Cape May County.

Monarch Housing Associates is coordinating the statewide NJCounts 2016 event and Monarch’s Jay Everett recently conducted a training for local volunteers in Cumberland, Cape May, Camden and Gloucester Counties

Local advocates say that they are focused in improving the specific count of homeless veterans this year.

“Our goal is to find our brothers and sisters who are out there in the community who are homeless who may not be aware of benefits they have earned, are entitled to, and educate them and get them out of their situation.”

Said Javier Galindo, a volunteer for the count and an outreach specialist for Veterans Multi-Service Center in Millville.

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