This month the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released results of its 2012 “point in time” survey, for which local teams count all the homeless people to be found on one night in January.
In New Jersey, there were 13,025 people without permanent housing
that night, including 2,695 severely mentally ill people and 592
veterans. More than 1,500 of them were found in Newark or elsewhere in
Those totals don’t parse out all of the young people who have no
place to go, the young adults who aged out of foster care without
families, who got kicked out of their homes for being gay or pregnant,
or who are couch-surfing because their parents can’t or won’t shelter
Counting homeless young people is a challenge in any season – for
their own safety, young people with no place to go often don't want to
be recognized and work hard to remain invisible. Pimps, muggers, and
gangs quickly sniff out vulnerable young people, and those stories don't
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