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Is the Problem of Homelessness Getting Better or Worse in NJ?

Thousands still live in shelters and motels – and on the streets – but whether there’s been improvement depends on which numbers are compared


New Jersey’s annual count of homeless state residents tallied 13,900 people who had no place to live to call their own. But of those nearly 14,000 people, fewer than 1,000 were living on the streets, while the others were living in a shelter or one of the hotels used to provide temporary housing.

What’s more, the number of homeless people in New Jersey is lower than the total seven years ago, when the Great Recession hit the state and the nation. But it’s still much higher than it was before the recession.

Read and listen to the full interview with NJ Spotlight reporter Hank Kalet with Alan Tu of WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight.

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