Garden State’s Homeless Rate Halved During Past Decade

WHYY News | December 8, 2017 | Housing
No other state saw a bigger decline in homelessness than New Jersey

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New national data show that homelessness in New Jersey fell by 50.7 percent during the past decade, the biggest decline in any state during that period. The figures came in an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

But Renee Koubiadis, executive director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, said that while the decline is significant, she is concerned about the future. “We have a dearth of over 212,00 affordable homes in our state,” Koubiadis said. “And we have very low wages that haven’t increased over the last decade.”

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