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 2021. The statistics noted below are from the Point-in-Time Count that was performed in 2022 and the 2021 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 2021, more than 326,000 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, four in ten were people in families with children.
- Between 2020 and 2021, the number of chronically homeless people staying in sheltered locations increased by 20 percent, or 7,235 people.
- 19,750 veterans, 8% of all homeless adults, experienced sheltered homelessness.
- About 15,763 people experiencing homelessness were youth under the age of 25 without an adult present.
The New Jersey 2022 Point-In-Time Count revealed this information:
On the night of January 25th, 2022, a total of 6,631 households, including 8,754 persons, were experiencing homelessness in the State of New Jersey, according to the 2022 Point-In-Time Count.
Of the 6,631 homeless households counted in New Jersey in 2022, 988 (15%) were families with at least one child under the age of 18 and one adult.
A total of 1,750 persons were identified as chronically homeless.
978 persons were unsheltered on the night of the count.
Homeless Youth (individuals and families with heads of households 24 years old or younger) represented 8.9% of the counted homeless population with 780 persons identified.