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.
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Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes will speak at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference next week in Washington, D.C., about the success of Mercer County’s Rapid Re-housing program, which has helped lower the number of homeless people in the county.
While this data is impressive, County Executive Hughes remains concerned about the increased demand for homeless services, and wants to build upon Mercer’s success by intensifying efforts to improve the delivery of these services to the broader homeless population.
According to the National Point in Time Count of the Homeless, the number of homeless families at any given time in Mercer County has decreased by 74 percent — from 271 to 71 — compared to a 38 percent reduction in New Jersey and 16 percent nationally.
At the conference, Hughes will discuss why Mercer County has been so successful in bringing those numbers down.
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