According to one study, the amount of homeless residents in New Jersey dropped 4.6 percent in 2017 (Kiefer).  This is good news, but one statistic shows that Essex County contains 24 percent of the NJ homeless population.  This totals to 2,048 people, as compared to the second-highest county (Hudson) which contains 822 homeless residents.  Essex is the state’s third-most populous county in New Jersey (essex-countynj.org).  As an urban area, comparisons can be drawn between the homelessness problem in Essex County and the evictions faced by residents in the poor, urban neighborhoods that Matthew Desmond describes in “Home and Hope.”

essex-county-had-most-homeless-new-jersey-2017-study-says  (Kiefer)


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