The un-sheltered number is increasing significantly in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Mercer Counties which are all home to major public transit stations.
According to NJ Counts 2015 homeless survey, there were 695 veterans last winter living in shelters, transitional housing, or out on the street.
In January and February, NJ Counts 2015 found 368 homeless youth under the age of 18 in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Latino Motion interviewed Diane Strozyk, Director of the Cumberland County Division of Homeless and Tammy Morris of the Cumberland Family Shelter.
While the 14% statewide decrease of homeless men, women and children shows progress, the critical need remains for voucher and homeless funding.
On June 16, 2015, the release of NJCounts 2015 garnered news stories from print and radio media across the state.
NJCounts 2015 found 10,211 homeless men, women and children across the state of NJ. This showed a decrease of 1,645 persons (13.9%) from 2014.
During a period of economic growth for the nation when unemployment decreased in nearly every state, the rate of homelessness fell by just 2.3%.
It shows the homeless that we care. And it raises awareness for people who might not think we have any homeless in Cumberland County.
Having a firm grip on numbers allows NJ’s social services agencies, both government-run and non-profit, to do vital planning for the coming year.