The number of homeless people in New Jersey has decreased by 13.9 percent, according to “NJ Counts 2015,” a report from Monarch Housing Associates. The 2015 study identified 10,211 homeless men, women, and children, down from 11,856 in 2014, a decrease of 1,645. Of these, 6,934 resided in emergency shelters and 2,281 were living in transitional housing. Both counts are down from 2014, but the number of homeless without shelter of any sort climbed from 931 in 2014 to 974 in 2015, an increase of 43 individuals (4.6 percent).
This year’s survey identified 1,425 individuals as chronically homeless, down 74 from 2014. A total of 10.5 percent of New Jersey’s homeless adults were between the ages of 18 and 24, while 24.2 percent of the population was under 18. Of the 2,471 children identified by the study, 46 were unaccompanied, a decrease of 33.3 percent from 2014. Some 51.7 percent of homeless children were five years of age or younger.
This year’s point-in-time census was held on the nights of January 27 and February 3 and covered every county in the state.