A new point-in-time-count report from Monarch Housing Associates finds homelessness in New Jersey is still a big problem, made worse by the pandemic. Data from Jan. 26 shows 8,097 men, women and children in 6,210 households spent the night homeless. And while roughly 7,200 were in sheltered facilities, like an emergency shelter or hotel, 835 people had nowhere to go.
“Our current system is not really equipped to deal with that effectively. And then you add on top of that because of the flooding some communities did lose the hotels and motels that they typically would’ve use for kind of disaster response, it’s definitely put some strain on the system in specific areas because of the lack of places for people to go in and the loss of affordable housing,” said Taiisa Kelly CEO of Monarch.