By Jared Kofsky
Eric Jackson, the mayor of the City of Trenton, spoke exclusively with The Wall regarding issues impacting residents.
Despite being home to less than 85,000 people, a large number of Trenton residents experience homelessness or poverty. Mayor Jackson urged residents of Trenton who are currently experiencing homelessness to visit the new Coordinated Entry and Assessment Services (CEAS) Center.
“It’s a comprehensive facility”, said Mayor Jackson, describing it as a “one stop shop under one roof where we’ll attend to the needs that they have as homeless individuals in our city, most importantly to get them housing that will be permanent housing for them.”
The CEAS Center, located at 509 Perry Street, between Carroll and Ewing Streets, is in the same neighborhood as the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, the Rescue Mission of Trenton, the Mount Carmel Guild, and Catholic Charities. The center, which is operated by the City of Trenton Department of Health and Human Services, opened in April of 2015. It provides services for Mercer County residents who have experienced homelessness for a significant amount of time. Services provided include housing, identification, and information regarding eligibility for benefits. According to the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, individuals who recently became homeless will be referred to the Mercer County Board of Social Services.
Click here to learn more about the CEAS Center, or visit between 8:30am and 4:30pm on weekdays.