Over 85,000 people in the NY-Newark-Jersey City Metro Area Experience Homelessness

How Can You Help End Homelessness?

Most of the people experiencing homelessness on a given night live in the nation’s 25 most populous metropolitan areas. A new interactive resource from the National Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute allows users to take a market-by-market view of homelessness in each area.

Two of the 25 metropolitan areas include New York-Newark-Jersey City and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.

In the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area:

  • The total homeless population is 86,038
  • The rate of homelessness per 10,000 population is 43
  • The general population is 20,182,305

In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metropolitan area:

  • The total homeless population is 10,541
  • The rate of homelessness per 10,000 population is 17
  • The general population is 6,069,875

Users of the resource can analyze a variety of data in each housing market, including:

  • the total rate of homelessness; and
  • the size of the sheltered and un-sheltered populations for family, individual, youth, veteran, and chronically homeless populations.

Because counts of people experiencing homelessness do not generally align with metropolitan areas, these estimates provide a helpful way of comparing between major metro areas.

Many of us wonder, how can we help the homeless? On September 6, 2017, NJ 101.5 featured a story, “How Can You Help NJ’s Homeless.” The story helped put a face and name to the numbers around homelessness in our region. Read about solutions discussed at the Congressional Reception – Federal Homelessness, Housing and Medicaid Funding Critical to End Homelessness.

“If anyone could ever hide in plain sight it would be a homeless person. If you work or live in a city, you see them so much that after a while you don’t see them at all. They are real people with real stories that need your help no matter what their situation is. One such man was Ron Leggatt, who was struck and killed by a car in Lakewood on Aug 26th. Leggatt was so desperate for money that he once poured a cup of hot coffee over his head for five dollars.”

The biggest tragedy in this story is that NJ 101.5 reported that Leggatt was getting his life back together at the time of his death. NJ 101.5’s Steve Trevelise shared suggestions for how to help the homeless.

The Homelessness Research Institute (HRI), the research and education arm of the Alliance, works to end homelessness by building and disseminating knowledge.

The goals of HRI are to building the intellectual capital around solutions to homelessness; advance data and research so that policymakers, practitioners, and the caring public have the best information about trends in homelessness and emerging solutions; and engage the media to promote the proliferation of solid data and information on homelessness.

HRI produces several key publications that inform policymakers, providers and the public about homelessness in America.

National Alliance to End Homelessness interactive Resource

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