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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 2019. The statistics noted below are from the Point-in-Time Count that was performed in 2019 and the 2018 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 January 2018, 553,000 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 180,413 were people in families, and 372,417 were individuals.
  • Homelessness increased by 0.3% overall between 2017 and 2018.
  • Nearly 1/4 of individuals experiencing homelessness had chronic patterns of homelessness (88,640 of 372,417 homeless individuals or 24%).
  • Homeless Veterans make up approximately 37,878 of all homeless adults.
  • About 36,361 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, 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.

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