Housing & Homelessness
Habitat for Humanity
building affordable housing and creating healthy communities
- 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.
- What are the best ways to advertise the ReStore (a nonprofit home improvement store), especially to contractors throughout New Jersey? How can the current space be better utilized to allow for more materials and improve the shoppers’ experience?
Habitat for Humanity of Trenton's website
Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness
strategies & advocacy to eliminate homelessness
Various efforts by a number of nonprofit organizations attempt to stabilize the living situations of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—but we do not know whether these efforts are successful, or which is more successful than another. A 2012 CBLI summer intern worked with Alliance staff to collect and analyze data on this subject, and there are opportunities to develop related projects. Talk to CBLI staff about your research interests.
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