Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex and Morris Counties Focus of NJCounts 2016 Coverage
NJCounts 2016 found a 12.4% statewide decrease from 2015 in homelessness. The release of the NJCounts statewide and individual county reports has generated press coverage around the state.
The un-sheltered homeless population according to NJCounts increased by 48% from 2015 – 1,442 people were un-sheltered.
On June 28, 2016, NJ101.5 interviewed Monarch Housing associate Jay Everett about the results and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s change in the definition of chronic homelessness, “Everett says there’s a lot of support for increasing shelter vouchers and homeless assistance funding. ‘Basically getting people as quickly as possible out of homelessness.’
“New Jersey, as we know, is a very expensive place to live and to raise a family. So making sure that the options are out there for folks who may need the support to make their place of residence affordable is a key piece to help end homelessness.”
On June 28, 2016, the Mahwah Patch reported “Less Than 300 Homeless People Live In Bergen County, Data Shows Of the 221 homeless households, 39 had at least one child younger than 18.”
On June 29, 216, The Burlington County Times reported “Burlington County homeless count drops by 31 percent from 2015.”
On June 28, 2016, The Cinnaminson Patch reported on Nj Counts in a story that “Burlington County Has Second Highest Homeless Population in N.J.” “This accounts for 10.4 percent of the total homeless population in the state.”
On June 29, 2016, The Courier-Post reported “In South Jersey, Camden County’s homeless population increased nearly 12 percent since 2015 to 683 people, a five-year high. Surveyors found 150 unsheltered people in the county, or about 10 percent of the state’s un-sheltered population.”
Katelyn Cunningham, an associate at Monarch Housing, said the increase in the number un-sheltered people “shows us that there is still a great deal of work to be done to expand the resources needed to assist the homeless individuals and families that are entering the homeless system.”
“Unfortunately, proposed cuts in funding from Congress come at a time when it is more expensive than ever for New Jersey families to afford housing,” Cunningham added. Barriers to reducing homelessness include a shortage of rental housing, shelter space, and federal housing vouchers, according to Monarch officials, as well as a high number of foreclosures and low-wage jobs.
On June 28, 2016, the Montclair Patch reported “Essex County Has Most Homeless Residents In NJ” and “For the second year in a row, Essex County is home to the most homeless residents in the state, according to a study.” The article shared the story of Theresa Pringle, who lives in a homeless shelter in Newark and has been homeless for a year.
In April 2016, she had to leave a shelter where she was staying at the time and lived on the street and on the river, moving place to place. She became part of an underground group of people staying in Newark’s Penn Station.
“I don’t wish this on anybody,” said Pringle, the mother of six children, who added that she expects to move in to her own apartment within a month.
On June 28, 2016, the Morristown Patch reported “Homelessness is Up 6% In Morris County.”
On July 13, 2016, Monarch Housing Associates joined over 350 advocates in Washington, DC for the Congressional Reception.
Constituents traveled from New Jersey to DC by bus with the message “No Cuts to Housing” to their elected officials in Washington.
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