The Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness released a report recently that the number of chronically homeless people in Mercer County declined in 2010, although there were few gains in the general economy and unemployment remained high. County officials and homeless advocates say the drop in the number of homeless residents can be attributed to an infusion of federal dollars used to fund preventive programs that helped those on the brink. One such program, Mercer Housing First, is in its fourth year and permanently houses up to one-third of the county’s chronically homeless. Herb Levine, executive director of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, stated that the decline in homelessness in Mercer County “…shows we’re putting strategies to work that are working to prevent and end homelessness”.
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