More facts about homelessness in Essex County
- More than 42% of our displaced neighbors have been homeless for more than one year. The top two reasons for their current living situation was eviction and loss of job.
- 33% of homeless individuals report suffering some type of disability—the most common include mental-health and substance-abuse issues.
- Veterans make up 19% of the homeless population.
- Among all homeless households, 54% report no source of income.
Homelessness is one of the greatest crises people can face in their lifetime, leaving them vulnerable to further devastation, such as disease, abuse, emotional trauma, and crime. And yet it is not just an individual crisis. Homelessness can have devastating repercussions for our financial, social, and health systems too.
At Goodwill Rescue Mission, we have been welcoming neighbors in need since 1896 with God’s love. We help the homeless and poor by meeting the immediate needs of each man, woman, and child coming through our doors. Warm meals, safe shelter, showers, and clothing can spark hope and begin the process of healing in a hurting heart. And through our long-term programs, new life can begin.