Homelessness Major Concern for Many NJ Families with Young Children

46% of NJ’s Homeless Population
Under 30 Years Old

Katelyn CunninghamOn March 15, 2016, NJ 101.5 interviewed Monarch Housing’s Katelyn Cunningham about the recently released Annual Homeless Assessment Reports (AHAR) that use the shelter usage data from the Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS.)

The interview highlighted the fact that “Homelessness a major concern for many NJ families with young children.”

“Cunningham said it’s hard to count the exact number of people living on the streets, but it could be more than a thousand.”

“The data shows 46 percent of the state’s total homeless population is under the age of 30. A majority of children with the families that turn to homeless programs are under the age of 6. ‘We’re also seeing an increase in individuals being served between the ages of 18 and 24,’ Cunningham said.’

‘It can be anybody,’ she said. ‘Many homeless mothers and fathers are employed but with how much they’re making they’re just not able to support. New Jersey is a really expensive state and it’s hard to afford housing across the state.’”

The Burlington County Times also reported on the new reports writing “Burlington County witnessed an uptick in households and individuals participating in transitional housing or emergency sheltering last year, according to a report released Monday.”

101.5 FM Interview

The Burlington County Times Coverage