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 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.

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