Report: Homelessness In N.J. Dropped From ’08 To ’09

tent cityHomelessness in New Jersey decreased by nearly five percent from 2008 to 2009, bucking a national trend toward increased homeless overall due to the recession, according to a report released today. In New Jersey, homelessness went from 13,832 in 2008 to 13,169 in 2009, a decrease of 4.79 percent.

In a count of chronic homelessness — defined as homelessness among people who have mental and physical disabilities, chronic substance abuse or medical issues and are displaced for long periods of time — New Jersey was down 26.4 percent. The national increase in that category was .68 percent. Read more in Star Ledger.

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