NJCounts 2016 Executive Summary

2016 NJCounts Point-In-Time Fact Sheet

NJCounts ChangeNJCounts 2016 found 8,941 homeless men, women and children across the state of New Jersey. This showed a decrease of 1,279 persons (12.4%) from 2015. While the decrease shows progress, the count still shows the critical need for voucher and homeless assistance funding.

NJ Counts 2016 Overall Results

  • 8,941 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 1,270 persons, or 12.4%, compared to the 2015 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.
  • 1,442 persons were un-sheltered; up 48% from the 974 persons counted in 2015.

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NJ Counts 2016 Key Findings

  • Numbers by Household TypeThe number of homeless persons in emergency shelter, transitional housing and safe havens decreased by 20.3%, 14.5%, and 9.1%, respectively.  The overall homeless population in New Jersey has decreased at an average rate of 8.8% per year over the last 5 years.
  • 1,142 (17.4%) of the 6,559 homeless households counted through NJ Counts 2016 were families with children under the age of 18. There was a 15.2% decrease in homeless families as compared to 2015.
  • 34 unaccompanied youth under 18 were identified in the count. This represents a 26.1% reduction in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth households.
  • children2,107 children under the age of 18 were homeless. Of these children, 1,036 (49.2%) were five years of age or younger, and 1,071 (50.8%) were between the ages of six and seventeen. Children under the age of 18 represented 23.6% of the homeless population.
  • 559 homeless veterans were identified in 2016, representing a 19.7% decrease from 2015. 73 veterans were un-sheltered on the night of the count.
  • NjCounts 2016 by County46% of homeless persons reported some type of disability. Among homeless adults over the age of 18, 57.5% reported a disability. The most prevalent disability reported was mental health issues.
  • 19.3% of households reported that they had been homeless for more than one year.
  • 35.3% of homeless households indicated they had no source of income while 18.7% of homeless households indicated they were not connected to any kind of non-cash mainstream benefit.
  • 35.6% 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 (13.5%), and eviction or risk of eviction (13.4%).
  • Essex County had the highest percentage of the statewide homeless population (19.9%), followed by Burlington County (10.4%) and Hudson County (9.3%).

These are the reports for each County as well as the combined CoC’s. To compare and view the 2015 NJCounts reports click here.