Total number of persons experiencing homelessness in New Jersey Down 15% since 2010

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             NEW JERSEY – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD’s latest estimate of homelessness in the U.S., noting a continued overall decline in the total number of persons experiencing homelessness and significant reductions particularly among veterans and those persons living on the streets. 

             HUD’s 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress finds that there were 578,424 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2014 in the U.S.  During this same one-night period, local homeless planning agencies reported that there were 11,671 persons experiencing homelessness throughout New Jersey.  This represents an overall 15% decrease in the state since 2010.  Find homeless data reported on a state and community level.

State

Total homeless 2014

Total homeless 2013

Total homeless, 2010

Change from

2013 to 2014

Change from

2010 to 2014

NJ

         11,671

        12,002 

13,737

      -2.8%

     15%

HUD’s annual ‘point-in-time’ estimates seek to measure the scope of homelessness on a single night in January.  Based on data reported by state and local planning agencies across the country, last January’s one-night estimate reveals a 33 percent drop in homelessness among veterans since 2010 and a 10.5 percent decline since last year.   State and local communities throughout the U.S. also reported a 15 percent decline in the number of families with children experiencing homelessness since 2010, as well as a 53 percent reduction among these families who were found be to unsheltered. 

             “As a nation, we are successfully reducing homelessness in this country, especially for those who have been living on our streets as a way of life,” said Castro. “There is still a tremendous amount of work ahead of us but it’s clear our strategy is working and we're going to push forward till we end homelessness as we’ve come to know it.”

            During one night in late January of 2014, volunteers across the nation conducted a one-night count of their local sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations. These one-night ‘snapshot’ counts are then reported to HUD as part of state and local grant applications. While the data reported to HUD does not directly determine the level of a community’s grant funding, these estimates, as well as full-year counts, are crucial in understanding the scope of homelessness and measuring progress in reducing it.

             The Obama Administration's strategic plan to end homelessness is called Opening Doors

a roadmap by 19 federal member agencies of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness along with local and state partners in the public and private sectors. The Plan puts the country on a path to end homelessness among veterans by 2015; chronic homelessness by 2016; and to ending homelessness among children, family, and youth by 2020. The Plan presents strategies building upon the lesson that mainstream housing, health, education, and human service programs must be fully engaged and coordinated to prevent and end homelessness.

             The decline in veteran homelessness nationwide is largely attributed to the close collaboration between HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on a joint program called HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH).  Since 2008, more than 59,000 rental vouchers have been awarded and approximately 45,000 formerly homeless Veterans are currently in homes of their own because of HUD-VASH.

            Long-term or chronic homelessness among individuals is declining quite substantially since 2010.  This decline is partially attributable to a concerted effort to develop more permanent supportive housing opportunities for those who otherwise continually cycle from shelters to the streets.  Research demonstrates that for those who have been homeless the longest, permanent housing coupled with appropriate supportive services, can effectively end a person’s homelessness.  This ‘housing first’ approach also saves the taxpayer considerable money by interrupting a costly cycle of emergency room visits, detoxes, and even jail terms.

Many communities are also making a special effort to identify homeless youth on the night of their counts.  Great strides have been made connecting young people to youth service providers, with particularly strong efforts focused on unsheltered youth.  In addition, communities are finding creative ways to identify and engage these unsheltered youth, through efforts like youth-targeted events to more intentional use of social media outlets.

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