161,239 NJ Renter Households Faced Eviction in 2016; Essex County Had the Highest Rate

US Senator Cory Booker and Matthew Desmond in Public Policy Forum Focused on Eviction on October 12

New Jersey faces an eviction crisis. In the year ending on June 30, 2016, New Jersey saw 161,239 evictions. The data is for summary dispossess proceedings filed as no accurate data currently exists for evictions. However, this rate tells us that one in six tenants in New Jersey was impacted and it reflects the eviction crisis that Professor Desmond identified in his research.

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, join Monarch Housing, NJ Policy Perspective, the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, the Supportive Housing Association of NJ, Bridges Outreach, the Mental Health Association in NJ, the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Homeless Solutions and the Drew University Center for Civic Engagement for a Public Policy Forum with Matthew Desmond, Author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, and US Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D.)

The forum will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison, NJ. The Public Policy Forum is underwritten by a grant from the Investors Foundation.

Register Online for the Forum

Registration is required and the cost for the forum is $10 per person. Only 400 seats are available for this timely and important public policy forum.

The total number of 161,329 NJ evictions is broken down by county with county by county analysis of the percentage of evictions out of the total number of rental units.

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In the year ending in June 2016, Essex County saw the highest percentage of evictions from the total number of rental units. Twenty-five percent (25%) of renter households, 38,272 out of 254,238, in Essex County experienced eviction.

The following New Jersey counties faced the next highest percentages of eviction:

  • Salem (20%),
  • Cape May and Cumberland Counties (tied at 19%),
  • Mercer (18%),
  • Burlington (17%) and
  • Atlantic Counties (16%.)

The October 12 event provides an opportunity to:

  • Listen to a dialogue between Mathew Desmond and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D) about the state of housing in NJ and nationally
  • Ask questions of both Mathew Desmond and U.S Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D)
  • Hear from Desmond about his research and his possible solutions
  • Engage in discussion addressing solutions address the eviction crisis and network with fellow advocates concerned about eviction

Follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #EvictionNJForum

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NJ Evictions by County

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