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.
As the weather turned cold this month, it is difficult to think of anyone living without a home on the streets, in the woods or in the shelter system.
NJCounts is the annual Point-in-Time count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in the state of NJ.
NJCounts 2016 to be held on January 27th is in critical in gathering the data that communities need to continue planning work to end homelessness.
NJCounts 2015 found 10,211 homeless men, women and children across the state of New Jersey. This showed a decrease of 1,645 persons (13.9%) from 2014.
“The reality is that there are lot more people that are at-risk or meet other definitions of homeless,” said Monarch Housing’s Taiisa Kelly.
While the 14% statewide decrease of homeless men, women and children shows progress, the critical need remains for voucher and homeless funding.