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
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.
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.