285 local projects working to prevent and end homelessness

Funding in New Jersey increased over $12 million; nearly 12%

NEW JERSEY – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $45,574,610 to support 285 homeless housing and service programs in New Jersey. These Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

“Today marks another critical investment in support of those working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “We know how to end homelessness and will continue to encourage our local partners to use the latest evidence to achieve success. These grants support proven strategies to end homelessness once and for all.”

“Homelessness service providers across New Jersey count on federal resources to stem the tide of homelessness in their communities,” said Holly Leicht, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “We know from our success in ending Veteran homelessness in several counties statewide that funding that matches the scale of the problem, combined with close partnerships at the local level, can end homelessness for good.”

This year, HUD again challenged state and local planners to encourage higher performing local programs, which can result in shifting funds from existing projects to new programs that will have a more substantial and lasting impact on reducing homelessness.

In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.  Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness puts the country on a path to end Veteran and chronic homelessness as well as to end homelessness among children, family, and youth.

On a single winter night in January 2016, state and local Continuums of Care agencies in New Jersey reported 8,895 people experienced homelessness, representing a 35.2 percent reduction from January 2010. Most homeless persons were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, but 1,353 persons were unsheltered. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 53.5 percent since 2010. Veteran homelessness dropped by 20.1 percent (or 696 persons) since January 2015. On a single winter night in January 2016, 556 veterans were experiencing homelessness. Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals declined by 40.4 percent (or 704 persons) since 2015. The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children appeared to decline in 2016 to 533, though HUD will launch a more robust effort to more accurately account for this important population in January 2017.

Nationwide, HUD estimates there were 549,928 persons experiencing homelessness on a single winter night in 2016.  Since 2010, local communities around the country reported a 14 percent decline in the number of persons experiencing homelessness.  In addition, Veteran homelessness fell by 47 percent, chronic homelessness declined 27 percent, and family homelessness fell by nearly 23 percent.

In January 2017, local homelessness planning agencies across the nation, called ‘Continuums of Care,’ will organize volunteers to help count the number of persons located in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and living unsheltered on the streets.  The Continuums of Care will report these one-night ‘point-in-time counts’ later in the year, and they will form the basis of HUD’s 2017 national homeless estimate.