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."
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 2017. The statistics noted below are from the Point-in-Time Count that was performed in 2017. When new statistics are published, we will update this page.
Here is what it revealed about homelessness in our nation:
- In January 2017, 553,742 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 184,661 were people in families, and 369,081 were individuals.
- Homelessness increased by 1% or 3,814 people overall between 2016 and 2017.
- Nearly 1/4 of individuals experiencing homelessness had chronic patterns of homelessness (86,962 of 369,081 homeless individuals or 24%).
- Homeless Veterans make up approximately 9% or 40,056 of all homeless adults.
- About 40,799 of those were unaccompanied homeless youth and children, under the age of 25.
The New Jersey 2017 Point-In-Time County revealed this information:
- There are 8,532 homeless men, women, and children across the state of New Jersey.
- This was an overall decrease of 409 persons or 4.6% since the 2016 count.
- There were 1,092 persons, in 992 households, were identified as chronically homeless, an increase of 256 persons or 30.6% compared to 2016.
- There were 1,415 persons who were unsheltered; a decrease of 27 persons, or 1.9% from 2016.