Housing & Homelessness
See the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County in Poverty & Hunger
Habitat for Humanity
building affordable housing and creating healthy communities
The Trenton affiliate of Habitat for Humanity's research interests include:
Identify prime properties eligible for redevelopment in Trenton and in Mercer County. The most desirable lots are those that would permit construction of multiple homes, as Habitat for Humanity prefers building communities (rather than one house at a time). Prohibitive factors include the presence of contaminated dirt on the lot and back taxes . Work done by a 2015 summer intern from CEE would be helpful for this project.
Habitat spends much time on investigating and identifying the best materials for energy efficiency and compliance. Sometimes using products made out of recycled materials does not yield positive outcomes for energy efficiency. Which materials will be most cost and energy efficient given the anticipated evolution of Energy Star requirements?
Habitat for Humanity of Trenton's website
Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness
strategies & advocacy to eliminate homelessness
Mercer Alliance is recognized as national leaders in addressing homelessness and has experienced enormous success with its Rapid Rehousing service model (see the Executive Director's July 2015 presentation here).
Approximately 20% of Mercer County's homeless population was formerly incarcerated. The Alliance would like assistance with data collection & analysis about ex-offenders to identify ways in which local organizations can improve the re-entry process, including the provision of stable housing, to reduce the number of people who are released from prison directly or indirectly into homelessness.
Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness website
Princeton’s Historic Preservation Commission
preparing a district for historical designation
Princeton’s Historic Preservation Commission is compiling data and researching the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood for historical designation . The Commission is interested in having a student pursue one or a combination of components of the data gathering process. Archival research with the Historical Society of Princeton, the University, and Mercer County will be necessary as will transcription of oral histories and earlier information about the district. US Census records and maps will need to be examined. The Commission would also like to develop architectural descriptions and documentation for properties that have been surveyed. How do you best present information about historical designation, its requirements, and potential benefits to the public?
The Historic Preservation Office is also interested in finding a student working on the Commission website to include and work up information specific to its department and perhaps do some research on other municipal website (i.e. Cranbury) to use as a guide for our municipality. This work would involve researching other municipal websites, writing up information for the website on architectural detail, historic properties/districts within the municipality, perhaps some map preparation for the website, and creating a new link for the website in a clear and interesting format.