Here are some statistics cited from APP's article on the requests on OC's Board of Social Services:
Freeholder Gerry P. Little: Board of Social Services provides shelter and/or temporary rental assistance to almost 2,000 people every night.
In some cases the demand on social services and welfare programs have increased by 100% since 2007.
Number of people getting general assistance: 2, 762, up 137% since 2007. (2,006 last year.)
Requests for food stamps 16,580, up 122% since 2007. (11,563 last year.)
Board of Social Services administers more than 70 programs to assist the needy.
Eight counties in NJ take advantage of a recent law that enables them to place a $3 surcharge on documents filed with the county clerk, in order to raise money for a homeless trust. Ocean County does not.
The full article can be read at the APP Web site: http://www.app.com/article/201012162140/NEWS/12160337?odyssey=mod_related_topix