Annual Count of Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness in NJ
NJCounts 2020 will take place on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
NJCounts is the annual Point-in-Time Count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in New Jersey. As required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the count takes place during the last 10 days of January and identifies those persons residing in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, safe havens and living on the streets or other locations not fit for dwelling.
In New Jersey, NJCounts is coordinated on a single day across the state allowing for comparable data across all communities from year to year. Monarch Housing Associates has coordinated NJCounts since 2014 as commissioned by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA.) Monarch is proud to partner with local governments, service providers, community advocates and volunteers to conduct NJCounts as we work to collect critical data that assists communities in developing a deeper understanding of the need as they work to end homelessness.
On the night of January 22, 2019 a total of 8,864 men, women and children in 6,748 households were identified as experiencing homelessness in the state of New Jersey. This was an overall decrease of 439 persons (5%) from the number of persons identified in 2018.
- 5,531 people were in Emergency Shelter, a 4% decrease compared to 2018
- 1,832 people were in Transitional Housing, a 4% decrease compared to 2018
- 19 people were in Safe Have, no change compared to 2018
- 1,492 people were Unsheltered, a 9% decrease compared to 2018
- 1,462 persons were identified as Chronically Homeless, a 13.5% increase compared to 2018
- 551 persons were identified as Veterans, a 3% decrease compared to 2018
- 917 persons were identified as Youth Households (persons under the age of 25 not accompanied by an adult over the age of 24), a 15% decrease compared to 2018
- 801 persons identified as Victims of Domestic Violence, an 8% increase compared to 2018
Persons identifying as Black or African-American and those identifying as American Indian or Alaska Native are over-represented in the population experiencing homelessness. For persons identifying as Black or African American, while 13% of the state population, they represent 49% of the population experiencing homelessness. Similarly, persons identifying as American Indian/Alaska Native represent .1% of the state population and .6% of the population experiencing homelessness.