2015 New Jersey Point-In-Time Count Fact Sheet
NJCounts 2015 found 10,211 homeless men, women and children across the state of New Jersey. This showed a decrease of 1,645 persons (13.9%) from 2014. While the decrease shows progress, the count still shows the critical need for voucher and homeless assistance funding.
NJ Counts 2015 Overall Results
- 10,211 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 decrease of 1,645 persons, or 13.9%, compared to the 2014 count.
- 1,425 persons, in 1,249 households, were identified as chronically homeless, a decrease of 74 persons, or 4.9%, compared to the 2014.
- 974 persons were un-sheltered; up 4.6% from the 931 persons counted in 2014.
NJ Counts 2015 Key Findings
The Number of homeless persons in emergency shelter, transitional housing and safe havens decreased 10%, 27.9% and 60% respectively. The overall homeless population in New Jersey has decreased at an average rate of 7.6% per year over the last 5 years.
- 1,346 (18.1%) of the 7,441 homeless households counted through NJ Counts 2015 were families with children under the age of 18. There was a 21% decrease in homeless families as compared to 2014.
- 46 unaccompanied youth under 18, were identified in the count. This represents a 33.3% reduction in the homeless unaccompanied youth population.
- 2,471 children under the age of 18 were homeless. Of these children, 1,278 (51.7%) were five years of age or younger, and 1,193 (48.3%) were between the ages of six and seventeen. Children under the age of 18 represented 24.2% of the homeless population.
- 695 veteran households with 738 persons were identified in 2015, representing an 11.9% increase from 2014. 80 veteran households with 85 persons were un-sheltered on the night of the count.
- 42% of homeless persons reported some type of disability. Among homeless adults over the age of 18, 52.4% reported a disability. The most prevalent disability reported was mental health issues.
- 17.9% of households reported that they had been homeless for more than one year.
- 36% of homeless households indicated they had no source of income while 23.9% of homeless households indicated they were not connected to any kind of non-cash mainstream benefit.
- 37.1% of homeless households indicated they were staying with friends and family immediately prior to becoming homeless.
- Top factors contributing to homelessness were: being asked to leave a shared residence (21.4%), loss or reduction of job income or benefits (16.8%), and eviction (12.7%).
- Essex County had the highest percentage of the statewide homeless population (16.9%), followed by Burlington County (13.2%) and Hudson County (8.9%).
These are the reports for each County as well as the combined CoC’s. To compare and view the 2014 NJCounts reports click here.