Did You Know?
The fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Morris County is $1,308 a month. In order to afford this apartment, a household would need to earn over $52,000 per year. At the New Jersey minimum wage of $8.44 an hour- that’s 119 hours per week, 52 weeks a year!
Facts About Poverty and Homelessness
The average age of a homeless person in the U.S. is 6 years old.
Top 5 Contributing Factors to Homelessness (AHAR 2011)
1. Lost job/cannot find work: 34.7%
2. Eviction: 34.2%
3. Housing costs too high: 28.5%
4. Relationship/family breakup or death: 23.8%
5. Domestic Violence: 17.8%
Over the course of 2011, as many as 535,447 people in families were sheltered, an increase of 4 percent from the previous year and 13 percent since 2007.
ALICE in Morris County
See www.LiveUnitedMorris.org for local ALICE data.
Morris County Facts
Medium Household Income: $95,294
Poverty Rate: 4%
The ALICE population in Morris County
ALICE are “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” Working individuals and/or families with an annual income between $20,000 – $60,000; not enough to be financially self-sufficient.
- $22,891 = federal poverty level for family of 4
- $67,871 = minimum required for family of 4 to afford the basics of self-sufficiency: housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care
How many ALICE households are in Morris County?
When combined with those who live below the poverty line, a total of 46,154 households did not earn enough to be self-sufficient; 25% of all households in Morris.