HUD Releases 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1
Homelessness Increasing in New Jersey Even Prior to COVID-19 Pandemic
Click here to watch HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge’s video statement on 2020 AHAR: Part 1.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released its 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) Part 1 to Congress. The report found that 9,662 people experienced homelessness in New Jersey on a single night in January of 2020, an increase of 9 percent from January of 2019.
The report found that between 2019 and 2020, homelessness increased significantly among unsheltered populations and people experiencing chronic homelessness. Veteran homelessness increased slightly (0.4%), and homelessness among families with children was relatively unchanged, increasing 0.1% since January of 2019. The report also found that people of color are significantly over-represented among people experiencing homelessness.
“The findings of the 2020 AHAR Part 1 Report are very troubling, even before you consider what COVID-19 has done to exacerbate the homelessness crisis,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, we are once again putting Housing First to end this crisis and build strong, healthy communities, as reflected in the American Rescue Plan. I look forward to working with President Biden to implement this historic package to deliver robust, equitable relief to those experiencing homelessness. Housing should be a right, not a privilege, and ensuring that every American has a safe, stable home is a national imperative.”
“Even a slight pre-pandemic uptick in Veteran homelessness after significant declines since 2010 is extremely concerning,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough. “The Biden Administration’s recommitment to Housing First – a proven strategy and dignified way to help Veterans and others achieve stable, permanent housing — will help accelerate progress in preventing and eliminating Veteran homelessness. The American Rescue Plan will also make a major impact in improving outcomes for Veterans by expanding access to community-based homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services for those who may not qualify for VA care.”
“Preventing and ending homelessness is a top priority for HUD and the annual Point-In-Time count is vital to help us understand where we are so we can assist people most in need,” said Justin Scheid, HUD Newark Field Office Director. “Providing decent, safe, and affordable housing to those experiencing homelessness is essential. The American Rescue Plan will provide federal funding that will directly assist New Jerseyans in the form of Emergency Housing Choice Vouchers, so needed during the COVID-19 crisis.”
In New Jersey, the 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report found that 9,662 people were experiencing homelessness in the following categories:
- Overall Homeless Individuals: 6,413
- Overall Homeless People in Families: 3,249
- Overall Homeless Veterans: 595
- Homeless Unaccompanied Youth (Under 25): 514
- Overall Chronically Homeless Individuals: 1,603
- Sheltered Homeless: 7,881
- Unsheltered Homeless: 1,781
Please access the local NJ data here: https://www.huduser.gov/
Through the American Rescue Plan, New Jersey will receive a total of $2.2 billion that includes funding for Emergency Housing Choice Vouchers and funding for the HUD HOME Investment Partnerships Program to be used for the rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of rental housing. This funding will flow to the Garden State to assist individuals and families in New Jersey experiencing and at risk of becoming homeless.
The funding detailed above is in addition to the $52,486,276 renewal grants awarded in…