City and County Officials Celebrate Opening Commit to Help Every Individual
(L to R) Marygrace Billek, Director, Mercer County Department of Human Services and Brian M. Hughes, Mercer County Executive at the opening of the Coordinated Entry and Assessment Services (CEAS) Center
The vision of the CEASe system, of which the CEAS Center is the first step and point of entry, is that no one in the Trenton/Mercer area should experience homelessness and that everyone should have a safe, stable place to live.
CEASe’s mission is to provide an organized process to ensure that individuals who become homeless can move to permanent housing as quickly as possible.
Those with the longest history of homelessness will be given priority for housing resources.
“We believe now in Housing First. We want to house people not in 6 months but in 6 days.”
“My administration’s commitment is to end homelessness. Today, we shift our focus from sheltering individuals to housing individuals.”
Said Mayor Jackson
“Today, this is more than about opening up a building. This is a starting point, but this is more than that. It’s about reconnecting people with our community … it’s about bringing them home.”
Said Frank Cirillo, executive director of Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness — one of the nonprofits partnering with the center.
Permanent housing is the goal of the CEASe system created for individuals who experience homeless in the Trenton and Mercer County community. The system will operate as the single point of entry for homeless individuals to access housing and community services through the Rescue Mission of Trenton and Mercer County’s emergency assistance program.
A coordinated assessment process will identify, assess, and prioritize the needs of the homeless. The system will maximize both government and community resources.