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.
It is important for us at the State level to have an understanding of the current number of homeless people in need in order to better serve them.
People I spoke with who are currently homeless said its due to fewer housing vouchers for families in need leaving people on the street.
We want to be able to address the issues that cause homelessness and the only way to do that is to have a one-on-one conversation
NJCounts 2016, the January 27, 2016 statewide point-in-time count of the homeless, continues to earn attention from the press across New Jersey.