We're leading the charge for systemic change and "boots on the ground" solutions to ensure that homelessness in New Jersey is rare, brief, and
The Coalition is a statewide, social impact organization [a 501(c)(3) non-profit] with one goal: to eradicate homelessness in New Jersey. Toward that end, the Coalition will advocate, educate, organize and, if necessary, litigate for emergency and permanent solutions to homelessness.
In 2011, attorney Jeffrey Wild won an injunction prohibiting the demolition of a large encampment of residents who were homeless in Lakewood, NJ. He went on to win a consent decree guaranteeing housing for all of the people living there. During this same period, Wild founded the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness to advocate for the rights of all NJ residents experiencing homelessness. For Wild, this work was personal; his father, who helped fund his law school education at Columbia University, had himself experienced homelessness during the Great Depression.
In 2022, Connie Mercer took over the helm at NJCEH full-time and is significantly broadening further the Coalition's work. Mercer has been called a "trailblazer" in caring for NJ's families who are homeless.
She is the founder and was the CEO for thirty-one years of HomeFront, one of NJ’s most innovative and largest providers of shelter and rehabilitative services for families in crisis. She has been inducted into NJ’s Hall of Fame for her work on homelessness and economic development, and been honored at the White House.
Ammar Rizvi Covid-19 Mitigation Director
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary Gay Abbott-Young Rescue Mission of Trenton
Zammeah Bivins-Gibson Isaiah House
Susanne Byrne York Street Project
Reverend Angela Fields Family Promise of Hunterdon County
Gerard Gilliam YMCA of Paterson
Daniel McGuire Homeless Solutions, Inc.
Kent Pipes Affordable Homes Group
Shawn Sheekey Consultant (formerly Executive Director Joseph's House of Camden)
Richard Uniacke Bridges Outreach, Inc.
Jeffrey Wild Lowenstein Sandler LLP
NJ Shelter Providers Consortium Members
The Coalition is proud to partner with shelters and other agencies throughout the state who serve families and individuals experiencing homelessness.
Cape May County
Newark Transitional Corp.
United Progress, Inc.