Youths with nowhere to go need counseling, education, safe places and adult mentors.
Saturday, January 5
This month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released results of its “point in time” survey, for which local teams count all the homeless people to be found on one night in January. In New Jersey, there were 13,025 people without permanent housing that night, including 2,695 severely mentally ill people and 592 veterans. More than 1,500 of them were found in Newark or elsewhere in Essex County. Those totals don’t parse out all of the young people who have no place to go, the young adults who aged out of foster care without families, who got kicked out of their homes for being gay or pregnant, or who are couch-surfing because their parents can’t or won’t shelter them. Counting homeless young people is a challenge in any …
Who’s covered, who’s not: U.S. Supreme Court ruling weighs heavily on New Jersey.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the groundbreaking national healthcare reform law signed by President Obama in 2010. Many provisions have already taken effect. The most wide-reaching and controversial aspect, requiring most people to buy basic insurance, is set to become effective January 1, 2014. The law’s impact will be felt in New Jersey, where 14.4 percent of people under age 65 -- senior citizens are covered by Medicare -- had no health insurance in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics were available, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of those uninsured more than doubles, to nearly 3 in 10, for those with incomes at or below 200 percent of the poverty level, or $21,700 for an …