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 2018. The statistics noted below are from the Point-in-Time Count that was performed in 2018. When new statistics are published, we will update this page. 

Here is what it revealed about homelessness in our nation:

  • In January 2018, 553,000 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 180,413 were people in families, and 372,417 were individuals.
  • Homelessness increased by 0.3% overall between 2017 and 2018.
  • Nearly 1/4 of individuals experiencing homelessness had chronic patterns of homelessness (88,640 of 372,417 homeless individuals or 24%).
  • Homeless Veterans make up approximately 37,878 of all homeless adults.
  • About 36,361 of those were unaccompanied homeless youth and children, under the age of 25.

The New Jersey 2018 Point-In-Time County revealed this information:

  • There are 9,303 homeless men, women, and children across the state of New Jersey.
  • This was an overall increase of 771 persons or 9% since the 2017 count.
  • There were 1,288 persons, in 1,211 households, were identified as chronically homeless, an increase of 196 persons or 17.9% compared to 2017.
  • There were 1,623 persons who were unsheltered; an increase 15% from 2017.

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