Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness Receives Community Foundation Grant

Trenton, New Jersey —- Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness received a $25,000.00 grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation, the community foundation serving Mercer County and central New Jersey, in support of ending chronic homelessness in Trenton and Mercer County. Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is one of 22 organizations to receive funding through the Community Foundation. Grants totaling more than $500,000.00 were awarded to local nonprofits for a full-range of community building, program and operating support.

Frank A. Cirillo, executive director of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, said the funds would be used to support programming to end chronic homelessness in the Trenton/Mercer community. “The Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is honored and excited to have been awarded a generous $25,000.00 grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation to support its ground-breaking work in ending chronic homelessness in the Trenton/Mercer community.

This grant allows the Alliance to more fully develop the Trenton/Mercer Coordinated Entry and Assessment System (CEAS). This system brings public and private partners together to implement an initiative that identifies chronically homeless singles, and that utilizes a Housing First strategy to provide permanent housing and support services to effectively end their homelessness”, said Cirillo.

Founded in 2004, the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is a public-private partnership of the county’s business, government and the non-profit sectors. Its mission is to develop and implement strategies and systems to end homelessness in Mercer County through permanent housing.

Utilizing Housing First policy, the Mercer Alliance has developed systems that have become State and national models for ending homelessness for families, singles, and veterans; particularly those experiencing chronic homelessness. As a result of these initiatives singles homelessness in the Trenton/Mercer area has been reduced by 62% compared to the State average of 43% and the national average of 31%, and ended veterans’ homelessness in 2015. Family homelessness has been reduced by 79% compared to the state average of 58% and the national average of 18%.

As impressive as these accomplishments are, there is still a great deal of work to do to prevent homelessness, and to ensure that individuals and families experiencing homelessness are rapidly rehoused and can access the necessary resources and services to succeed.

The Mercer Alliance is extremely grateful that the Princeton Area Community Foundation has recognized the value of supporting its initiatives through the generosity of their grant funding.

The Princeton Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy to advance the well-being of our communities forever. The Community Foundation provides charitable giving expertise to individuals, nonprofits and corporations, and each year invests millions of dollars into the community through grants and scholarships. For more information on the Community Foundation please contact them at 609-219-1800 or online at www.pacf.org