Promise of Partnerships

Alliance Conference Featured Mercer County’s
Rapid Re-Housing For Families

Sharon McDonaldIn a recent post on the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ (the Alliance) blog, Sharon McDonald, Director for Families and Youth, highlights Mercer County’s success in rapidly re-housing families.

Leaders from Mercer County joined peers from Idaho and Utah in presenting at the Alliance’s Annual Youth and Family Homelessness Conference in Seattle, Washington from Thursday, February 21- Friday, February 22, 2013.

Mercer’s work is an example of a successful partnership between the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and service providers who are working together to re-house homeless families. The families are being successfully and stably housed.

This model will be the centerpiece of the May 17, 2013, Changing the System to End Family Homelessness Conference. Click here for more details.

Writes McDonald,

“We at the Alliance have embraced a very ambitious goal: ending homelessness. And we know that homeless service providers cannot do it alone. There is simply not enough manpower or financial resources in the homeless service system to meet the needs of all people at-risk of experiencing homelessness. Ending homelessness requires collaboration, and these collaborations between homeless service providers and TANF agencies show great promise. Such partnerships can make a significant contribution to our fight to end family homelessness.”

Now that the conference is over, we will be sharing information on this workshop as well as others on best practices to end family and youth homelessness.

Click here for the full blog post.