Anchor House Inc. is involved in many local, county, state and national organizations with the intent to further our mission and advocate for our children and youth. Agency staff are active participants in these committees and organization
The Alliance is an organization for networking and common problem solving as well as an advocate for public and private policies that support and protect children, youth and families. Anchor House actively participates on Alliance shelter, aging-out and conference sub-committees and is a member of the planning committee for the annual conference held in May.
The CWLA leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for vulnerable children, youth, and families.
Anchor House is a member of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) to gain more insight into trends and policies affecting our clients. We were fortunate that Jeff Bormaster from CWLA lead our strategic planning.
The Continuum of Care CoC Program) is designed to promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness, provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and State and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness.
The Trenton/Mercer CoC Program provides homeless assistance by leveraging funding needed through the HUD Consolidated Application; this provides collaboration between providers of housing and homeless assistance programs and other federal programs. The CoC seeks to improve and expand the collection of data countywide, develop performance measurements and allow for each community to tailor its program to the particular strengths and challenges within that community. The goal is to assist people to achieve stability through self-sufficiency.
Mercer County Youth Service Commission – The Youth Services Commission (YSC) serves as the planning, advocating and enabling body of the Mercer County Division of Youth Services. The Youth Services Commission’s responsibilities include but are not limited to program development for youth 0-18 who are at risk of or currently involved in multiple systems, Family Court or out of home placement. Anchor House sits on the Outreach & Education & the Minority Concerns sub-committees of the YSC.
The work of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is to keep the community focused on solutions. They help set public policy to prevent and end homelessness. They advocate for the most effective use of our collective resources. They oversee nationally-identified best practices. They see the impact of the collaborative actions every day in:
– Homelessness Prevention – avoiding and deterring homelessness
– Outreach – connecting the homeless with essential services
– Permanent Housing – rapidly re-housing the homeless in apartments in our communities
The Trenton/Mercer Continuum of Care works to ensure that people who experience homelessness or are at imminent risk of homelessness will have access to community and system resources to resolve their immediate housing crisis and facilitate their transition from homelessness to stability in permanent housing as rapidly as possible. The CoC is charged with overseeing the annual application process to HUD. It provides a forum for analysis and discussion of emerging needs, development of program standards, assessment of progress toward ending homelessness and identification and coordination of other sources of funding.
Its purpose is to establish an extended support network of community stakeholders who work together to initiate, inform and sustain community efforts that have a strong positive impact on the youth and families of the Greater Trenton area.
The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) is New Jersey’s child protection and child welfare agency within the Department of Children and Families. – Anchor House participates in the DCP&P Adolescent Services Committee, the LGBTQI Committee, and the Aging Out Committee.
The mission of the DCF Office of Adolescent Services (OAS) is to support adolescents in the transition to adulthood to achieve economic self sufficiency, interdependence, and engage in healthy life-styles by:
1. Ensuring that services provided through the Department of Children and Families are coordinated, effective, meet best practice standards, are youth driven, and adapt to the needs of families and communities,
2. Developing linkages with other service providers in order to create a more equitable and seamless service system, and
3. Providing leadership and policy development in the field of adolescent services.
The True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.