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."  

Point-in-Time Count

The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that a Point-in-Time Count is 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 declined 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 2014.
  • There were 1,442 persons who were unsheltered; up from 48% of the 974 persons counted in 2015.

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