NJCounts 2016 found a 12.4% statewide decrease from 2015 in homelessness. The un-sheltered homeless population increased by 48% from 2015.
Who would have ever thought that in prosperous Hoboken that the homeless would be living on the hillsides? These abodes would be brutal in winter.
The increase in the unsheltered population shows us that there is still work to be done to expand the resources needed to end homelessness in NJ.
NJCounts 2016 found 8,941 homeless men, women and children, in 6,559 households, across the state of New Jersey a decrease of 12.4%.
Local officials expressed a commitment to help those living in the encampment. “Nobody should have to live like this,” Clifton City Council Member Lauren Murphy said.
NAEH has released the “State of Homelessness in America 2016” which is the sixth report charting progress in ending homelessness in the US.
“My heart bleeds for the homeless,” said Lisa Monterrosa. “There’s a place for less fortunate people, and it’s not the woods of Colwick.”
Governor Christie talked about the decrease in homelessness but that number reflects a very narrow federal definition of homelessness.
Homelessness in Union County has changed over 10 years when you saw mainly males. Over the years, you’re seeing more women and families with children.
Homeless youth crash on couches and bounce between the homes of friends and relatives. They sleep in their cars or sometimes in abandoned buildings.