NJ Counts To Survey Homeless In Ocean County

Photo courtesy Cindy Lanouette

  OCEAN COUNTY – NJ Point in Time Count will be conducting their annual statewide count of the shelter and unsheltered homeless individuals throughout different location in Ocean County.

  This annual survey is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to secure federal funding for programs to serve families, youth, veteran and others who are homeless.

  These collaborative efforts help identify those experiencing homelessness and collects data from the Point-in-Time (PIT) survey to provide communities with valuable information as they develop strategies and plans to end homelessness.

  According to the 2021 Point in Time Count, a total of 366 persons, in 239 households, were experiencing homelessness in Ocean County. Of the 239 homeless households counted in Ocean County in 2021, 59 (25%) were families with at least one child under the age of 18 and one adult. Out of the 366 persons identified as homeless, there were 18 homeless veterans, 146 Victims of Domestic Violence survivors and 37 Homeless Youth (individuals and families with heads of households 24 years old or younger).

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  Point in Time surveys will be completed as well as food, donations, and community services will be available via organized outreaches throughout Ocean County as well as at identified sites which include:

  • January 25 – Code Blue Sites
  • Alive Again Alliance Church 1060 Church Rd Toms River – Opens at 5 p.m.
  • Riverwood Park Recreation Building – 250 Riverwood Rd Toms River – Opens at 5:30 p.m.
  • True Vine Ministry 340 Rt 9 Bayville – opens at 8 p.m.
  • January 26
    • Lakewood Town Square Event (outdoors) – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • January 27
    • New Life Christian Center – 211 E 4th St, Lakewood – 11: 30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  If you would like additional information about Ocean County’s 2022 Point in Time Count, email info@oceanpartnership.org.