NJ conducts census on homeless population

New Jersey news from Eyewitness News

January 25, 2012 8:36:54 PM PST
Hundreds of volunteers took part in an organized effort to survey the homeless in New Jersey and provide them with food, clothes, personal items and social services.

The census conducted Wednesday was not expected to be as robust as last year's count, which was a biannual survey required by the federal government.

But officials say information gathered in the "point-in-time" look will help them develop plans to provide the homeless with shelter and permanent housing.

Experts say there were about 14,000 homeless people in New Jersey last year - a figure that includes those who were living in temporary housing but still fell under the definition of homeless.

In 2009, the state's homeless population totaled about 13,000.

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