Promising Strategies: Mercer County Board of Social Services and Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness

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Solutions Brief | November 27, 2012

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Promising Strategies:
Mercer County Board of Social Services and Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness
Mercer County, New Jersey

Overview

The Mercer County Board of Social Services (MCBOSS) and Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness (Mercer Alliance) are transforming the County’s response to family homelessness and they are seeing results. In a two year period, the number of families in shelter or transitional housing on any given day declined by 20 percent and the number of families residing in motels over the course of a month declined by 66 percent. This was achieved through expanding rapid re-housing and shifting how Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) resources are used to help families move quickly out of shelter programs and into housing and jobs.