Alliance Online News: New Promising Strategy Profile: Mercer County, NJ


Newsletters | November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012    
    ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro    
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New Promising Strategy Profile: Mercer County, NJ

A new resource is now available from the Alliance that examines how one homeless service agency has partnered with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agency in their community to reduce family homelessness.

The Mercer County Board of Social Services (MCBOSS) and Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness (Mercer Alliance) are working together to expand rapid re-housing services and change how TANF resources are used to help families in Mercer County, NJ, move quickly out of shelter programs and into housing and jobs.

In a two year period, the number of families in shelters or transitional housing on any given day declined by 20 percent, and the number of families living in motels over the course of a month declined by 66 percent.

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Hill Update

Congress Returns from Holiday Recess
The Senate returned to Washington, DC from its recess for the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday, Monday, November 26; the House returned today, Tuesday, November 27. Throughout the remainder of the "lame duck" session, Congress is expected to focus on avoiding what is being called the "Fiscal Cliff," which includes the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. Congress and the Administration may reach a deal sometime in the coming weeks, though it remains unclear what that deal may or may not include.
Alliance Submits Final Comments on CoC Rule

On Friday, November 16, the Alliance submitted its final comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the interim Continuum of Care (CoC) rule. In its comments, the Alliance addressed a variety of issues and made recommendations on such topics as public entities administering rental assistance, administering leasing programs, implementing a coordinated assessment system, and the responsibilities of the CoC.

Upcoming Webinars

Asset Building and Financial Literacy for Populations Experiencing Homelessness
On Wednesday, December 5, at 2:30 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar that will explore efforts to incorporate financial literacy components into homeless assistance services. Speakers will describe local initiatives in their communities, as well as challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them. Speakers will also discuss early positive outcomes of these initiatives, and describe policy recommendations for more effective integration of these initiatives into service delivery. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

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TANF Agencies Supporting Rapid Re-housing
On Thursday, December 6, at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar featuring homelessness service leaders who are working with the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) agencies to rapidly re-house homeless families. Each speaker will provide a brief overview of their community's rapid re-housing program and discuss how TANF resources are supporting the intervention. The speakers will discuss how they succeeded in engaging TANF leaders in their efforts to end family homeless.

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SSVF for New and Existing Grantees
On Wednesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar that will explain the application process for grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. In addition to discussing rapid re-housing basics, and the application process, speakers will provide helpful advice on program design and give pointers for creating an effective application.

This is a great opportunity for organizations that are looking for a new funding source, grantees who have had HPRP funding in the past, and organizations who have applied in the past. It is also a great resource for existing grantees who want to fine tune their program or improve their grant application.

Register for the webinar

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