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Homelessness Up 16 Percent in NJ [AUDIO]

Homelessness is on the rise in New Jersey. On Jan. 28, a statewide point-in-time count of the homeless, known as NJ Counts 2014, found 13,900 homeless men, women and children in the Garden State. That was an increase of 1,898 people, or 15.8 percent, compared to last year's count.

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Tom O'Malley/photo courtesy of Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media
Tom O'Malley/photo courtesy of Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media
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Possible Solution to Homeless Issue in Lakewood

An ambitious effort is underway to convince Lakewood officials to welcome a pilot program for the homeless.

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Panhandlers' Placards Show Signs Of Continued Economic Hardship
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NJ Has Serious Homelessness Issue, Says Expert [AUDIO]

New Jersey has a serious homelessness issue that needs to be addressed according to one expert who is helping the state devise a strategy.

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Micro Houses Proposed for Ocean County’s Homeless

Ocean County homeless advocates are hoping to bring an idea that's increasing in popularity on the west coast right here to the Jersey shore.

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Homeless Shelter
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Shelters Hope to Save NJ’s Homeless This Winter [AUDIO]

Cold temperatures and powdery snow are signs of the approaching holiday season for many, but those winter trademarks signify a struggle for survival among New Jersey's homeless population.

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Tent City hearing (TheLakewoodScoop.com)
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Lakewood Tent City Dwellers Can Stay For Now, Says Judge

Homeless denizens of Lakewood's Tent City get a reprieve from eviction by an Ocean County Superior Court judge.

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Taylor Giresi attacks a homeless Belmar man (Facebook photo via Support for David Ivins page)
Taylor Giresi attacks a homeless Belmar man (Facebook photo via Support for David Ivins page)
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NJ Man Gets 3 Years in YouTube Beating of Homeless Man David Ivins

A New Jersey man captured on video beating a homeless man days before Christmas in 2011 has been sentenced to three years in prison.

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Lakewood Tent City Not Being Shut Down This Week [AUDIO]

Just a formality. That's what Lakewood Mayor Al Akerman is calling violations ordering a so-called Tent City to remove all its tents and wood-burning stoves by today.

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Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images
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How Is Jersey Taking The Cold Snap? [AUDIO]

Bitter Arctic air continues to plague the Garden State with unbearable temperatures. Just think - just six months ago, we were all complaining about 90 degree weather and a series of heatwaves during the Summer season. Now, it's a total 180.

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NYPD officer giving a homeless man a new pair of boots (Facebook photo via NYPD's Facebook page)
NYPD officer giving a homeless man a new pair of boots (Facebook photo via NYPD's Facebook page)
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What Impact Did Sandy Have On NJ’s Homeless? [AUDIO]

Every year, nearly 30,000 New Jerseyans find themselves homeless. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many others were forced from their homes and into shelters and hotel rooms.

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