Monthly Income of Those Homeless Reporting Income Do Not Nearly Keep Up with NJ’s High Housing Costs
NJCounts 2019 found 8,864 men, women and children, in 6,748 households, experienced homelessness across New Jersey. This number decreased by 439 persons (5%) from 2018. NJCounts 2019 counted individuals who were homeless on the night of January 22, 2019.
“Unfortunately, New Jersey continues to be one of the most expensive states to live in. According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) Out of Reach report, NJ is the 6th most expensive state in the nation,” said Taiisa Kelly at the time of the NJCounts 2019 report release in July 2019. “A family renting a 2-bedroom apartment would have to earn $28.86 per hour in order to afford an apartment within the state. We applaud New Jersey’s work to raise the minimum wage, but it is still not quite enough. It is critical we invest in our future by assisting those experiencing homelessness to regain stability.”
- Transitional housing – $962.81/month,
- An emergency Shelter – $641.25/month,
- A Safe Haven – $574.28/month, and
- Unsheltered – $335.43/month