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 2021 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 2020 Point-In-Time County revealed this information:
- There were 6,210 households, including 8,097 persons across the state of New Jersey experiencing homelessness.
- Of the 6,210 households, 899 were families with at least one child under 18 and one adult.
- There were 1,493 persons, in 1,323 households, who were identified as chronically homeless.
- There were 835 persons who were unsheltered.
- There were 707 homeless youth who were under the age of 25 and did not have a parent or guardian.