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Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service
Wednesday, December 21, 201 6
Turning Point United Methodist church, l5 South Broad Street, Trenton. NJ
10:00 -1 I :00 am – Service
Clifford A. Goldman
Board Chairman

December 5,2016 Trenton, NJ – on Wednesday, December 21,2016,at 10 am, at Turning point United Methodist Church, the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness and Turning Point United Methodist Church will host a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service. This event is held in conjunction with the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day traditionally held on December 2lst, the day with the least amount of daylight and the longest period of darkness.

All Mercer Counly homeless people who died in the last year as a result of their lack of shelter or care will be remembered at this time’ People are invited to take time out and reflect on the tragic loss of these individuals. Local clergy will participate. The service will include readings, prayers, and names of individuals who experienced homelessness and died this past year.

The Mercer Alliance, working with local homeless providers and homeless individuals gathered information on individuals who died while living on the street or in emergency shelter, as well as ildividuals who died while living in transitional or permanent housing for the formerly homeless, People are welcome to bring names of friends or family members who experienced homelessness that have died in the past year to be remembered.

Advocates and individuals experiencing homelessness are expected to attend this service, which .will reflect on theie lives of those who died while homeless and will highlight the Mercer Alliance’s and the community’s continuing commitment towards ending homelessne ss. ” During this Holiday Season we ask ever.yone to ramentber thut individuals and.families are experiencing homelessness in America and Mercer C’ounty andwe
need to continue to.lbcus on ending homelessne,s’s”, said Frank Cirillo, Executive Director of Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness.

For additional information contact Frank Cirillo of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness at (609-599-9762 or Frank Cirillo c/o

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser on May 11, 2016

We were proud to honor Mayor Eric E. Jackson of Trenton and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes as government champions for their commitment to ending veterans’ homelessness in Mercer County.

Government champions Trenton Mayor Eric E. Jackson and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes

Government champions Trenton Mayor Eric E. Jackson and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes

Mercer Alliance Board

Mercer Alliance Board from left to right: Arnold Cohen, Jackie Edwards, James Brownlee, Frank A. Cirillo Executive Director, John Monahan, Award Winner Mayor Eric E. Jackson of Trenton and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, Jacqueline Alberts, Clifford Goldman, Board Chairman, Marygrace Billek and Connie Mercer. Missing from the photo are Mary Gay Abbott Young and Hal English.

Please join the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness for its Annual Fundraiser on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Please join the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness for its annual fundraiser on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Mercer County Boathouse 323 South Post Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 from 5:30 to 8:30 to honor government champions, Mayor Eric E. Jackson of Trenton and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

The event will celebrate our achievement in ending veteran’s homelessness.

We will also feature a silent art auction with original art work provided by Homefront.

Please see the attachment to view the invitation and response card.

Mercer Alliance Executive Director Presents on Rapid Rehousing at National Conference

Rapid Rehousing National Conference

Frank Cirillo

Mercer Alliance’s Executive Director, Frank Cirillo was invited to speak at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual conference in July 2015.   His presentation, entitled “Using Rapid Rehousing for System Change” was part of the “Community Efforts to Take Rapid Re-Housing to Scale” workshop.   The presentation highlighted Mercer County’s success in developing a new system for homeless families and specific strategies to bring Rapid Rehousing to scale.

Click here to view the presentation

National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness

National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness

Marygrace Billek, Director of Human Services  in Mercer County, NJ presented at the at the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness in San Diego, California.  Her presentation, entitled System Change, A Framework for Ending Family Homelessness, provided an overview of the success Mercer County  has had with reducing family homelessness  through Rapid Rehousing.  A copy of her presentation can be downloaded here​.

Marygrace Billek, Director of Human Services

Storm conditions delay Mercer County Point in Time Count of the Homeless

Counting HomelessBecause of the pending storm and the subsequent clean up, we will be postponing the PIT count for one week.  The count will now happen on February 4th, utilizing the same structure Midnight on Tuesday the 4th to 11:59 on Wed evening.  We have confirmed this with HUD.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Thanks to all our partners for taking care of the most vulnerable in our community during this storm.

Mercer County Point in Time Count

Mercer County Point in Time CountMercer County will participate in NJ Counts 2015, a state-wide Point-in-Time count of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless. The Count’s results will continue to guide planning efforts to end homelessness across the state.

When: Wednesday January 28th, 2015 beginning at midnight on the 28th until midnight on the 29th.

How: Homeless individuals in shelter or transitional housing will be counted using HMIS. The Unsheltered count will be conducted by Street Outreach teams lead by the Rescue Mission, Greater Trenton Behavioral Health Care, Anchor House, Homefront and Catholic Charities.

What we still need:

  • Volunteers are needed to accompany street outreach teams. Volunteers can sign up online here: https://doodle.com/s64m5p2hscgy4u5d or by contacting Joanne Locke at .
  • Donations: small items such as socks, gloves, hats, backpacks, small zip lock bags of toiletries (items that can easily be packed in a backpack). Donations can be picked up by the Rescue Mission on Friday, January 23rd. Please contact Joyce Williams (joyce.williams@rmtrenton.org  to coordinate a pick up.
  • On January 26th from 9 am – 12 pm at 509 Perry Street volunteers are requested to help sort and bag up the donations to be distributed by the outreach teams.

NJ Counts is designed to help us define the scope of homelessness in our community and to help plan for the most efficient use of our limited resources.

Let’s make this year count!

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service

On Thursday, December 18th 2014, at 10 am, at Turning Point United Methodist Church, the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness and Turning Point United Methodist Church will host a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service. Light refreshments for individuals experiencing homeless will be offered at 9 am prior to the service.

All Mercer County homeless people who died in the last year as a result of their lack of shelter or care will be remember at this time. People are invited to take time out and reflect on the tragic loss of these individuals. Local clergy will participate. The service will include readings, prayers, and names of individuals who experienced homelessness and died this past year.

The Mercer Alliance, working with local homeless providers and homeless individuals, is gathering information on individuals who died while living on the street or in emergency shelter, as well as individuals who died while living in transitional or permanent housing for the formerly homeless.

Many advocates and individuals experiencing homeless are expected to attend this service, which will reflect on the lives of those who died while homeless and will highlight the Mercer Alliance’s and community’s continuing commitment towards ending homelessness. This event is held in conjunction with the National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day traditionally held on December 21, the day with the least amount of daylight and the longest period of darkness.  “During this Holiday Season we ask everyone to remember there are individuals experiencing homelessness in America and Mercer County and we need to continue to focus on ending homelessness”, Frank Cirillo, Executive Director of Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness.