Promising Signs in Mercer’s Homeless Count

Continued Support Needed To
End Homelessness in NJ

Promising Signs in Mercer’s Homeless CountA June 12, 2014 Times of Trenton editorial uses the NJ Counts 2014 results to make the case for ending homelessness.

Despite the 16% increase in homelessness compared to the 2013 results, Mercer County has seen a 30% decrease in homelessness over the past 5 years including 36 fewer homeless individuals in 2014.

“The cause of homelessness couldn’t be simpler. It occurs when individuals or households are unable to acquire or maintain housing they can afford. That’s a particularly challenging matter in New Jersey where housing costs are among the highest in the nation.”

Stated the Times of Trenton.

There is a severe lack of affordable housing in our state where the number of renters that pay more than 50% of their income for housing continues to increase.

“The solution is to, first, get them into secure housing and then connecting them with the services they need — job training, medical attention, credit counseling, treatment for addictions — to remain off the street.”

Stated the Times of Trenton.

And this is exactly what the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is doing by implanting the Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing models to address the cost of homelessness including the “moral cost.”

“The results in Mercer County demonstrate that when we use best practices and interventions such as affordable and supportive housing, Housing First, Rapid Re-Housing and Centralized Assessment we can end homelessness.”

Said Taiisa Kelly, Senior Associate at Monarch Housing who directed NJ Counts 2014.

“This is a problem with a solution. We should not lose sight of that until the next count makes it uncomfortably clear.”

Stated the Times of Trenton.

Monarch Housing agrees and is committed to ending homelessness. Are you ready to join with us to end homelessness in NJ?

Click here for the full editorial.

Click here for the NJ Counts Executive Summary and data reports.

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