Count of Homeless Shows a Drop in Many Places

Reflects Greater Emphasis on Permanent Housing

Jay EverettOn March 21, Philly.com reported that “A count of homeless shows a drop in many places.”

“The number of homeless New Jersey residents who turned to emergency shelters or transitional housing declined statewide last year, a trend reflected locally in Camden County,” according to Monarch Housing’s Annual Homelessness Assessment Report.

In Camden County, homelessness declined 275 from 2,271 individuals in 2014 to 1,648 individuals in 2015.

Shantel Garner, Homeless Management Information System administrator at the Community Planning and Advocacy Council, a nonprofit that helps coordinate human services programs in Camden County,

“Attributed part of the decrease to people moving between counties and cited improved coordination between county housing agencies with services in other counties.”

“There has also been a greater effort to move people from transitional housing into permanent housing.”

Monarch Housing’s Jay Everett said.

Monarch Housing “Advocates for resources for people in need of housing, undertakes housing development work, and works to raise awareness of homelessness within communities.”

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