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Come join the discussion on Workforce Housing
Mercer Alliance has created a blog to encourage discussion on workforce/affordable housing in Mercer County. Please go and sign up and become part of the solution!
Special Thanks to a Champion of Non-Profits & Trenton /Mercer County
Mercer Alliance thanks and acknowledges Richard Bilotti, publisher of the Times. He has been a supporter and advocate for many important causes including homelessness. We appreciate his support and thank him. We wish Mr. Bilotti good luck.
Seeking Volunteers to do Free Taxes
The Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is seeking volunteers during the upcoming tax season, to staff Free Tax Preparation Sites throughout Mercer County. To be a volunteer tax preparer, you must participate in a 24-hour training program, scheduled for Saturday, December 6, Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 from 9am to 3pm. You will receive practical knowledge in tax law, and TaxWise software use, as well as hands-on practice completing tax returns. Additional training times may be arranged for interested individuals.
Homeless ID and Successful Voter Registration Drive
Mercer Alliance held voter registration drives at The Rescue Mission (Trenton), Homefront Family Preservation Center (Ewing), and Escher SRO/Transitional Housing (Trenton). The total capacity for these emergency housing locations is 241 persons. We hand delivered 77 voter registration applications to the Mercer County Superintendant of Elections, representing a very successful 32% of the total populations for these respective locations, and thus triple the county average of 10%!!
The purpose of our active participation in the voter registration drive(s) is to assist people who are homeless obtain a free piece of ID (voter registration card). As you are aware, not having proper ID can be a major obstacle to the homeless for obtaining needed services in the county. Now, individuals who are homeless will be able to exercise their right to vote.
Donate Money for ID campaign
Mercer Alliance is implementing a project to raise money to help homeless individuals get a photo ID. Experts estimate that the cost to obtain proper photo ID for an individual is between $50 and $100. The homeless person often never had these important documents or has lost them. A photo ID is needed to enter Federal buildings, ride the railroads and to apply for many benefits and services. To Donate
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