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 2020. The statistics noted below are from the Point-in-Time Count that was performed in 2020 and the 2020 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 2020, 568,466 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, about 151,000 were people in families.
- Homelessness increased by 2% overall between 2019 and 2020.
- Nearly 15% of individuals experiencing homelessness had chronic patterns of homelessness.
- 37,252 veterans, 8% of all homeless adults, experienced homelessness in the United States in 2020.
- About 3,598 people experiencing homelessness were children under the age of 18 without an adult present.
The New Jersey 2020 Point-In-Time County revealed this information:
- There are 9,663 homeless men, women, and children across the state of New Jersey.
- There were 1,743 persons, in 1,601 households, who were identified as chronically homeless.
- There were 1,786 persons who were unsheltered.