The interactive tool highlights Mercer County as a local success story. The county has reduced the number of families relying on shelter or transitional housing on any given day by one-third over the last two years. The County’s first rapid re-housing initiative, Housing Now, began accepting families in January 2010. Families in the program were eligible to receive rental assistance funded through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program for up to 18 months.
Within the first two years:
57 families exited the program;
Among the families assisted, only 9% returned to shelter or transitional housing and
75% increased their income from employment by an average of $1,100/month.
The Alliance encourages local communities to share the results on the map with key stakeholders, decision makers, and policy makers so they can better understand the tremendous impact rapid re-housing programs have had and could continue to have if sufficiently resourced.