Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness recognized for its role to successfully reduce family homelessness

We are proud to be part of a working community alliance of true professionals dedicated to combating and ending homelessness”, said Executive Director Frank Cirillo.

11-15-16: Hughes to be honored by National Alliance to end Homelessness TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes will be honored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness for his leadership in Mercer County’s successful efforts to reduce family homelessness.

Mr. Hughes will receive the award at the national organization’s Annual Awards Ceremony on Nov. 17 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The ceremony, “When a Child Has a Home,” will highlight successes in ending child and family homelessness.

This year’s event will be attended by corporate executives, representatives of Congress and the Administration, and many other committed stakeholders. Organizers said that by recognizing the progress being made across the country, the event seeks to heighten the national conversation on the importance of ending homelessness for children and their families.

“I’m honored to be receiving this award on behalf of everyone who has worked so hard to reduce the number of homeless people in Mercer County,” Mr. Hughes said. “I believe Mercer County can serve as a model for other communities that are looking for proven ways to help some of our most vulnerable neighbors achieve better lives. We could not have achieved this success without our dedicated partners, and I share this award with our colleagues from the City of Trenton, Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, Mercer County Board of Social Services and Catholic Charities.”

By using an approach called Rapid Rehousing, an intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing, Mercer has been able to reduce its number of homeless families by 70 percent. Since 2010, more than 1,000 homeless families have been rapidly rehoused by moving into their own apartments within 54 days of entering the homeless system, Mr. Hughes said. Before the transformation, families were remaining in emergency shelters and transitional housing for up to a year.

“Best of all,” he said, “94 percent of families who have been rapidly rehoused have not become homeless again.”