A team of trained volunteers and Monmouth County employees will be in Asbury Park, Freehold, Keansburg and Red Bank on Wednesday, January 24 to conduct the County’s NJ Counts 2018 survey of citizens without a permanent residence and those at risk for becoming homeless. The point in time survey is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual effort to get an accurate snapshot of the homeless in America.
The surveys will be conducted at the following locations:
· Asbury Park – Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, 701 Memorial Dr., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Freehold – New Beginnings Agape Christian Center, 133 Throckmorton St., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Keansburg – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Community Center, 247 Carr Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Red Bank – Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m
Those who participate will be offered food, clothing, and various services, including free health screenings and employment services. The Point in Time Survey will ask individuals where they spent the night of Jan. 23 and several other related questions to quantify the level of homelessness in the County and to help get people services that they need.
“This survey provides the information that governments and non-profit organizations need to assist our most vulnerable neighbors,” Freeholder Director Tom Arnone said. “I encourage all Monmouth County citizens who need housing services to attend one of these events and I thank the volunteers and County employees who are participating.”
Monarch Housing Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is that every person have quality affordable, permanent housing that fosters freedom, independence and community integration, is coordinating NJ Counts 2018 throughout the state of NJ.
The 2017 survey, NJ Counts 2017 counted 4.6% less homeless people in NJ than were counted in 2016. However the 2017 counted indicated a 30.6% increase in chronically homeless people.
- 8532 homeless men, women and children were counted across the state of New Jersey on the night of the Point-in-Time Count.
- This was an overall decrease of 409 persons, or 4.6%, compared to the 2016 count.
- 1092 persons, in 992 households, were identified as chronically homeless, an increase of 256 persons, or 30.6%, compared to the 2016 count.
- 1415 persons were un-sheltered; a decrease of 1.9% from the 1388 persons counted in 2016.