Herb Levine Developed Best Practices
On April 1, 2013, the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness announced that its executive director, Herb Levine, would be retiring at the end of June.
Mr. Levine is leaving full-time work to pursue advocacy opportunities related to redeveloping vacant and abandoned housing in the urban core. The Board of Trustees has appointed a committee to plan for a leadership transition for the Mercer Alliance.
Mr. Levine has been working to end homelessness since the early 1990’s, both in volunteer roles and in his current professional capacity. He has served as Executive Director of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness since 2007. The Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is a partnership of government, non-profit and business stakeholders committed to implementing state and local policy changes that can end homelessness.
During his tenure, Herb led a substantive revision of the Mercer Alliance’s plan to end homelessness. “A New Direction for Ending Homelessness in Mercer County” (2009) focused on “ending homelessness, not managing it.” New models of permanent housing that focus on rapid exit from homelessness were introduced in the plan.
When the Federal government plan to end homelessness was released in 2010, the Trenton Times editorialized that it “echoes the Mercer plan.”
Cliff Goldman, Chairman of the Alliance, noted
“Under Herb’s leadership, our community has gone through a momentous change – moving from a sheltering model to a re-housing model.”
Goldman went on to say that Mr. Levine had spearheaded the community change process that led to the County of Mercer, The City of Trenton and the Mercer County Board of Social Services all committing to the new direction of rapid exit from homelessness by focusing on permanent housing with support services based on need.
Under Mr. Levine’s leadership, the Alliance has received national notice for its collaboration with the Mercer County Board of Social Services to help make it a rehousing agency, which led to The Mercer Alliance receiving grant funding to spread its work on Rapid Rehousing across New Jersey.
Richard Brown, Monarch Housing Associates’s CEO said:
“We will miss Herb’s leadership and passion. His work over the last six years has made significant progress to achieve the goal of ending homelessness.”
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