An alarming number of children in the U.S. were homeless at some point last year. According to the latest report from the National Center on Family Homelessness, the issue hit a record-high 2.5 million children, or 1 in every 30.
With three casinos expected to close their doors for good over the next few weeks, the homeless population in Atlantic City could see a dramatic increase. In anticipation, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission is getting ready for what could be an onslaught of new clients.
Emergency shelters in New Jersey would have to provide shelter for the homeless, including those with mental illnesses who pose no safety threat to themselves or others under a two-bill package that's headed to the governor's desk.