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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. 

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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.


Connie Mercer
Executive Director 


Kate Leahy
Associate Director 

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Ammar Rizvi Covid-19 Mitigation Director 


Alicia Alvarez
Americorps VISTA



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Mary Gay Abbott-Young Rescue Mission of Trenton

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Zammeah Bivins-Gibson Isaiah House

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Susanne Byrne York Street Project

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Reverend Angela Fields Family Promise of Hunterdon County

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Gerard Gilliam YMCA of Paterson

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Daniel McGuire Homeless Solutions, Inc.

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Kent Pipes Affordable Homes Group

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Shawn Sheekey Consultant (formerly Executive Director Joseph's House of Camden)

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Richard Uniacke Bridges Outreach, Inc.

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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.

Atlantic County  

Atlantic City Rescue Mission  

Avanzar (formerly Atlantic County Women's Center)  

Covenant House New Jersey- Atlantic City  


Bergen County

Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center  

Bergen's Place Youth Shelter  

Center for Hope and Safety (Shelter Our Sisters)  

Christ Church Community Development Corporation  

Family Promise of Bergen County  

Greater Bergen Community Action 


Burlington County 

Affordable Homes Group, People First Program  

Affordable Homes Group   

Belmont Homes  

Christian Caring Center  

Extended Hand Ministries 

Family Promise of Burlington County  

Impact Ministries of South Jersey  


Camden County  

Camden County Domestic Violence Center 

Camden Rescue Mission  

Camden County Women's Center  

Family Promise of Southwest NJ  

Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council     

Joseph's House of Camden  

My Brother's Keeper  

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley - Anna Sample Complex 

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley - Aletha Wright Center  

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley - Home for the Brave Transitional Living Program  

YWCA of Greater Philadelphia  


Cape May County

Family Promise of Cape May County  


Cumberland County

Cumberland Family Shelter  

Center for Family Services   

Family Promise of Southwest NJ  


Essex County

Apostles House  

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark: Hope House Family Shelter  

Covenant House New Jersey  

Cornerstone Shelter, Montclair Citadel 

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark: St. Bridget's Residence 

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark: St. Rocco's Family Residence     

Circle of Life Treatment Center and Shelter 

Covenant House New Jersey - Newark 

Fairmont Health Services 

Fairmont Health Services  

Family Promise of Essex County  

Goodwill Rescue Mission    

Helping the Homeless Inc. 


Isaiah House  

Newark YMCA  

Newark Transitional Corp. 

Newly Destined Inc.     

New Jersey Community Research Initiative 

New Community Corporation, Harmony House  

Real House 

St. Paul's Community Development Corporation Men's Shelter  

Safe House  

Turning Point Community Services - Servant's House 

The Restoration Center, Inc.  

Urban Renewal Corporation 

United Community Corporation 

YMCA/YWCA of Newark and Vicinity  


Gloucester County

Cornerstone Developing Agency 

Center for Family Services  

Family Promise of Southwest NJ   

Hannah's House  

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley - Eleanor Corbett House 


Hudson County

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark: Canaan House  

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark: Hope House 

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark: Franciska Residence 

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark: St. Lucy's Emergency Shelter 

Emet Transitional Housing 

Family Promise of Hudson County  

Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation (PERC) 

The Hoboken Shelter  

Women Rising     

York Street Project  


Hunterdon County

Center for Great Expectations Halfway House for Women and Children 

Family Promise of Hunterdon County  


Mercer County

Anchor House  

Better Community Housing of Trenton, Doorway to Hope  

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Trenton  

Emet Transitional Housing/Escher Street SRO Project   

United Progress, Inc. 


Housing and Community Development Network of NJ 

Helping Arms, Inc.  


Rescue Mission of Trenton  

Womanspace, Inc.  


Middlesex County

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Metuchen 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen: Ozanam Family Shelter 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen: Ozanam Inn  

Center for Great Expectations Halfway House for Women and Children 

Coming Home of Middlesex 


Legal Services of New Jersey 

Women Aware     

Raritan Bay Area YMCA 


Monmouth County

Affordable Housing Alliance - Monmouth County Adult Shelter 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton - Linkages 

Emergency Housing and Advocacy Program, Inc.  

Family Promise of Monmouth County    

Jersey Shore Rescue Mission  

Market Street Mission 

Women's Hospitality Network of Asbury Park  


Morris County  

Center for Great Expectations Halfway House for Women and Children 

Family Promise of Morris County  

Homeless Solutions  

Jersey Battered Women Services (JBWS)  

Market Street Mission  

Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth  

St. Peter's Haven  


Ocean County

Dottie's House  

Family Promise of the Jersey Shore  

Interfaith Hospitality of Ocean County  

Ocean's Harbor House  


Passaic County

Eva's Village  

Good Shephard Mission  

Passaic County Women's Center   

Paterson Department of Health and Human Services  

Paterson Task Force for Community Action 

St. Peter's Haven 

Strengthen Our Sisters    

St. Paul's Community Development Corporation 

Women and Families Ascending Association   

YMCA of Paterson  


Salem County 

Family Promise of Southwest NJ   


Somerset County  

Agape House  

Alternatives, Inc.  

Center for Great Expectations Halfway House for Women and Children  

Safe and Sound Somerset 

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley - AGAPE House 

Visions and Pathways - Brahma House    


Sussex County

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Intervention Services  

Family Promise of Sussex County  

Market Street Mission  

Samaritan Inn  


Union County

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless  

Family Promise of Union County  

The Gateway Family YMCA  

Women Rising  



Warren County  

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center  

Family Promise of Warren County  

Strengthen Our Sisters  


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