The Plan to End Veteran Homelessness in 2015 was unveiled by the Mercer Alliance at a public event held on November 10th. The event was hosted by Mayor Eric Jackson of the City of Trenton to announce that the Mayor and County Executive Brian Hughes had accepted First Lady Michelle Obama’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the End of 2015 and that the challenge would be met. All 79 identified homeless veterans will be housed.
The Plan developed by the Alliance sets out the strategy that was used to achieve this goal. Frank Cirillo Executive Director of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness let the audience know that the effort to end veteran homelessness will be ongoing. “We set up a system to identify any new veterans who become homeless. We will screen them to identify their needs and marshal all our resources to house them in 30 days. This is ambitious but with all our partners working together it is achievable.”