“I’m pleased to have another opportunity to discuss our comprehensive, collaborative efforts to reduce the numbers of homeless people in Mercer County, and I’m happy to share to ideas with other panelists and those attending the NJAC workshop. I hope Mercer County serves as motivation and a model for other communities that are looking for proven ways to help some of our most vulnerable neighbors achieve better lives.”
Hughes reported that Mercer’s positive results make the case that housing is less expensive then emergency shelter.
“What we’ve learned in Mercer is that it is actually less expensive to get families into permanent housing than it is to shelter. The average cost to rapidly rehouse a family is $16,200 compared to sheltering a family, where the average cost is $32,127. Rapid Re-housing decreases public assistance spending per family by 50 percent.”