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."
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 2019. The statistics noted below are from the Point-in-Time Count that was performed in 2019 and the 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report. When new statistics are published, we will update this page.
Here is what it revealed about homelessness in our nation:
- In 2019, 568,000 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 172,000 were people in families.
- Homelessness increased by 3% overall between 2018 and 2019.
- Nearly 17% of individuals experiencing homelessness had chronic patterns of homelessness (96,141 homeless individuals).
- The number of homeless veterans decreased by 2% between 2018 and 2019.
- About 35,038 of those were unaccompanied homeless youth and children, under the age of 25.
The New Jersey 2019 Point-In-Time County revealed this information:
- There are 8,864 homeless men, women, and children across the state of New Jersey.
- This was an overall decrease of 439 persons or 4.7% since the 2018 count.
- There were 1,462 persons, in 1,351 households, who were identified as chronically homeless, an increase of 174 persons or 8.2% compared to 2018.
- There were 1,482 persons who were unsheltered; a decrease of 8.7% from 2018.