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, 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. 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.
January 28, 2020
NJCounts, the annual statewide Point-in-Time count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in the New Jersey, will take place on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Monarch Housing Associates is coordinating NJCounts for the 7th year working with networks of organizations, agencies and others that plan community efforts to end homelessness across New Jersey’s twenty-one counties.
Volunteers will ask those experiencing homelessness in shelters and in un-sheltered locations where they spent the night of January 28, 2020.
NJCounts 2019 Results
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.
For more information about the results of NJCounts 2019 please see below:
NJ Counts 2018 Overall Results
NJCounts 2018, on the night of January 23, 2018, found 9,303 homeless men, women and children were counted across the state of New Jersey. This was an overall increase of 771 persons, or 9%, compared to the 2017 count.
- 9,303 homeless men, women and children were counted across the state of New Jersey on the night of the Point-in-Time Count.
- This was an overall increase of 771 persons, or 9%, compared to the 2017 count.
- 1,288 persons, in 1,211 households, were identified as chronically homeless, an increase of 196 persons, or 17.9%, compared to the 2017 count.
- 1,623 persons were counted as un-sheltered; an increase of 15% from the 1,415 persons counted in 2017.
- Racial disparities are evident in the population experiencing homelessness with persons identifying as Black or African American making up 48.1% of the total population counted as homeless and 24% of the state population living in poverty, and only 12.7% of the general state population.
These are the reports for each County as well as the combined CoC’s. To compare and view the 2018 NJCounts reports click here.