Facts and Resources

Did You Know?

The fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Morris County is $1,289 a month. In order to afford this apartment, a household would need to earn over $51,000 per year. At the New Jersey minimum wage of $7.25 an hour- that’s 135 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

Population: 497,999

Households: 179,876

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.

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.

Resources

If you are a family currently living in Morris County and facing homelessness or are currently homeless, please call us at 973-998-0820. If you need help finding food, information on domestic violence, obtaining new job skills, help with transportation, medical referrals, or any other social service in the County, please call Morris County’s First Call for Help at 211 from a land line or 1-800-435-7555 from a cell phone. First Call for Help is a central directory of all social services providers in the County and is supported by United Way of Morris County. Use them as a one stop shop for all your needs or check out their website and find referrals that way: First Call for Help

If you are in danger of becoming homeless, have recently become homeless, are about to or have recently been discharged from an institution, mental health facility or incarceration, and have a need to be re-housed and stabilized, we may be able to help you. Please contact the Office of Temporary Assistance at (973) 829-8176.

Local

NJ 211 – Need Help? Start Here

Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance

Morris County Department of Human Services

New Jersey Social Service Information

Interfaith Food Pantry

Market Street Mission

National

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Alliance to End Homelessness

United States Census Bureau

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Affordable Colleges Online: Resource for Homeless and Low-Income Higher Education Students