Homeless in New Jersey

If you or someone you know is struggling with homelessness, you can find local shelter by calling 2-1-1 or 877-652-1148 and asking for help. You can also search our database (at the top of this page) using the term "Emergency Shelter Clearinghouse."  Find shelter in cold weather

The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that a Point-in-Time Count be conducted in communities receiving federal homeless assistance funds. The last such count was conducted in January 2016. The statistics noted below are from the Point-in-Time Count that was performed in 2016. When new statistics are published, we will update this page.

Here is what it revealed about homelessness in our nation:

  • In January 2016, 549,928 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 61,265 were people in families, and 488,663 were individuals.
  • Chronic or long - term homelessness among individuals delcined by 27%.
  • Homelessness among Veterans dropped by 47%. In January 2016, 34, 616 homeless veterans were counted.
  • About 35, 686 of those were unaccompanied homeless youth and children.

In New Jersey, that same Point-in-Time Count revealed the following:

  • There are 8,941 homeless men, women, and children across the state of New Jersey.
  • This was an overall decrease of 1,270 persons, or 12.4% since the 2015 count.
  • There were 1,425 persons, in 1,249 households, were identified as chronically homeless, a decrease of 74 persons, or 4.9% compared to the 2014.
  • There were 1,442 persons who were unsheltered; up from 48% from the 974 persons counted in 2015.

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Page last modified/reviewed on November 29, 2017

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