A Reason for Hope
The Case of New Jersey’s Homeless
In the age of Information Technology, not only has the frequency of technological advances increased rapidly but levels of wealth have grown exponentially. On the other hand, a quick drive through major cities within the United States you’ll discover an influx of homelessness. Due to this reality, one can infer that a nation’s fiscal success does not eradicate levels of extreme poverty and homelessness.
Recent statistics indicate a 27% decrease in the homeless population in the US, while in the state of New Jersey, the numbers are a staggering 14%. While we celebrate these small victories, the fight against homelessness persists. Despite a decrease in the Jersey homeless population, simultaneously due to a shortage in shelter beds and other forms of short-term housing options there’s an incline in unsheltered homelessness. Fortunately, a plethora of organizations are creating preventative measures as a result of this American problem. Monarch Housing and The New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness are two organizations making serious progress.
Because Jersey has one of the highest costs of living in the nation, Monarch Housing Association works relentlessly at creating resources for person(s) to have access to quality, affordable permanent housing. It is the non profit’s belief that this sort of living space will foster freedom, community integration and independence.
On the other hand, The New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness addresses the multi-layered issue of homelessness within the larger context of poverty, and has developed several programs that attempt to get to the root of the issue. By partnering with political leaders for social action, they aim to change policies that vilify people in impoverished communities and prevent exponential fiscal growth in.
The Monarch Housing Association and The New Jersey Coalition prove that by coming together to work for a better future, we can ensure that homelessness will continue to decline and perhaps dissipate.