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Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness

Free Eye Screening Clinics

For all people who cannot afford eye exams, don’t have health insurance or are under-insured. Appointments are required. Call 609-883-3379 ext 202

Lawrence Community Center:
295 Eggerts Crossing Rd, Lawrenceville
Thursday, Sept 8 – 3:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday, Nov 10 – 3:30pm-7:30pm

HomeFront: 1880 Princeton Ave, Lawrencville
Tuesday, Oct 18 – 1pm-5pm

Sponsored by: New Jersy Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and HomeFront

Improve Your Finances!

September 10, 10am – 12:00pm
Union Baptist Church
301 Pennington Ave.
Trenton, NJ 08618

For students ages 14- 18: Your Money, Your Choice-Youth Workshop

For Adults: Understanding Your Credit Report

Free financial education workshops by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley

Sponsored by Trenton’s Hope Inc. of Union Baptist Church

To Register: call 609-392-2245

New Energy Program
Temporary Relief for Utility Expenses (TRUE)

PSE&G customers can receive a one-time TRUE grant of up to $1,500 (depending on the balance owed) towards their PSE&G bill. The maximum grant is $750 for electric and $750 for gas service, depending on your balance owed. Funds will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

To be eligible you must:
  • Be past due with your electric or gas account; and utility service not disconnected.
  • Have paid at least four payments of $25 in the last six months. Three payments must be made 30 days before application; and
  • Not be eligible or received LIHEAP or USF in the last year; and
  • Annual income per client household size must fall within the following range:

Household Size 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person 9 Person
Minimum Annual Income $21,672 $29,160 $36,636 $44,112 $51,600 $59,076 $66,552 $74,040 $81,516
Maximum Annual Income $57,120 $69,853 $85,397 $103,034 $109,934 $116,834 $123,734 $130,634 $137,534

For more information about TRUE Grant assistance, please call toll-free 1-855-465-8783 or (732) 389-2204. You can also visit http://www.ahanjtrue.org/  or our Frequently Asked Questions page. http://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/bill/help/true_grant.jsp

Mortgage Assistance

Program Goal

HomeKeeper promotes neighborhood stability in New Jersey communities by providing financial assistance to eligible homeowners in danger of foreclosure as a direct result of unemployment or underemployment that occurred through no fault or decision or personal circumstance of their own. HomeKeeper assistance may be used to help these homeowners make their monthly mortgage payments and keep their homes while actively seeking work or participating in a job training program, or it may be used by those who recently found work to cover mortgage arrearages accumulated during the unemployment/underemployment period.

Eligible Homes

The homeowner's primary residence must be located in New Jersey and acquired on or before January 1, 2009. The home must be a one or two unit residential property. It may be an attached or detached house, condominium unit or cooperative unit or be a manufactured home on a foundation permanently affixed to real property owned by the homeowner and secured by a real property mortgage lien.


HomeFront: Putting the Pieces Together

From August 21- September 25, art created by clients of HomeFront's ArtSpace will be featured at the renowned Grounds For Sculpture in an exhibit called: HomeFront: Putting the Pieces Together. The vital and dynamic human spirit of homeless and working poor families is unleashed into astounding and emotional artistic expression in this educational art exhibit.

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. You can make a huge impact on family or individual’s life. Sign up!

To be a volunteer tax preparer, you must take and pass the IRS test. There will be a two-half day sessions, where you will receive practical knowledge in tax law, and TaxWise software use, as well as hands-on practice completing tax returns. Then the volunteer will proceed with individual self-study with support and then take the IRS test.

We are also looking for bilingual volunteers. If you are bilingual, but don’t want to learn the taxes we could use you as a translator.

Training will be scheduled for the Fall. Volunteers are needed January to April for 2 to 4 hours a week. There are a variety of sites with different hours needing volunteers.

Sign-up: Jennifer Rosado @ jrosado@merceralliance.org.

Other Helpful Information

POSTPONED Conference:
Coming of Age: Issue of Aging in the LGBT Community in the 21st Century

Check County webpage for updates.

For More Information

Please Contact: Tarry Truitt, Communications and Project Manager, ttruitt@merceralliance.org or 609-844-1008.


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