NJCounts 2017 found 8,532 homeless men, women and children, across the state of New Jersey. This number decreased by 409 persons (4.6%) from 2015. NJCounts 2017 counted individuals who were homeless on the night of January 24, 2017.
NJ Counts 2017 Overall Results
8532 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 409 persons, or 4.6%, compared to the 2016 count.
1092 persons, in 992 households, were identified as chronically homeless, an increase of 256 persons, or 30.6%, compared to the 2016 count.
1415 persons were un-sheltered; a decrease of 1.9% from the 1388 persons counted in 2016.
NJ Counts 2017 Key Findings
The number of homeless persons in emergency shelter, transitional housing and those un-sheltered decreased 4.8%, 6.1% and 1.9% respectively. The overall homeless population in New Jersey has decreased at an average rate of 8% per year over the last 5 years.
1,017 (16%) of the 6,340 homeless households counted through NJ Counts 2017 were families with children under the age of 18. There was a 10.9% decrease in homeless families as compared to 2016.
49 unaccompanied youth households under 18 were identified in the count. This represents a 44.1% increase in the homeless unaccompanied youth population.
1939 children under the age of 18 were homeless. Of these children, 977 (50.4%) were five years of age or younger, and 962 (49.6%) were between the ages of six and seventeen. Children under the age of 18 represented 22.7% of the homeless population.
583 veteran persons were identified in 2017, representing a 4.3% increase from 2016. 16 veterans were un-sheltered on the night of the count.
46.2% of homeless persons reported some type of disability. Among homeless adults over the age of 18, 57.3% reported a disability. The most prevalent disability reported was mental health issue.
20% of households reported that they had been homeless for more than one year.
38.7% of homeless households indicated they had no source of income while 18.9% of homeless households indicated they were not connected to any kind of non-cash mainstream benefit.
9% 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 (20.6%), eviction (13.8%) and loss or reduction of job income or benefits (12.8%)
Essex County had the highest percentage of the statewide homeless population (24%), followed by Hudson County (9.6%) and Burlington County (7.1%).