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The Streetlight The Streetlight's aim is to raise awareness of and break stereotypes for individuals experiencing homelessness in Mercer County, New Jersey.
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Picture this: A world without homelessness. A world in which society looks at every individual in the same respect. The Wall gives a voice to those individuals currently without permanent residence to break your stereotypes about what homelessness really is. Maybe you know somebody in this situation? Maybe you have never really thought about it before. Well, this is the time to educate yourself. The Wall is a paper to assist individuals experiencing homelessness to have a voice, and to find resources. It is a paper created by Mercer Alliance and TCNJ students to learn and teach about homelessness, and to advocate for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Trenton Water Works provides water to the City of Trenton, and parts of Hamilton, Ewing, Lawrence & Hopewell Townships. ...
06/04/2020

Trenton Water Works provides water to the City of Trenton, and parts of Hamilton, Ewing, Lawrence & Hopewell Townships. See our latest article https://thestreetlight.pages.tcnj.edu

Article Spotlight: Profile on Artspace Check out our editor McKenna Samson's Profile on Kimberley L from ArtSpace https:...
06/01/2020

Article Spotlight: Profile on Artspace

Check out our editor McKenna Samson's Profile on Kimberley L from ArtSpace https://thestreetlight.pages.tcnj.edu

Artwork "On my Mind" ~ By Kim from ArtSpace

Earlier this year, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen completed a major expansion. Learn more about the new features inside t...
12/05/2019
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Finishes Expansion | The Streetlight

Earlier this year, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen completed a major expansion. Learn more about the new features inside the Escher Street facility:

News, The Spotlight Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Finishes Expansion November 21, 2019 Zion Lee By Zion Lee The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen has taken upon itself, to serve and assist the people of Trenton who are affected by homelessness and/or poverty. The staff at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) wo...

Essence B. Scott, The Streetlight's community columnist, spent part of her childhood at the Trails End Motel at the edge...
12/03/2019
Scott: Being a First-Generation High School and College Graduate | The Streetlight

Essence B. Scott, The Streetlight's community columnist, spent part of her childhood at the Trails End Motel at the edge of Mercer County. In her latest column, Scott describes becoming the first person in her family to graduate from both high school and college.

Community Opinion Scott: Being a First-Generation High School and College Graduate November 20, 2019 Jared Kofsky By Essence B. Scott If not for my parents’ honesty about their education, I would not have graduated from high school or college. Their honesty gave me the courage to remain in school,...

A building in Trenton's West Ward that once served as shelter for women experiencing homelessness could be utilized as a...
11/29/2019
Shelter For People Experiencing Homelessness In The Works For Trenton’s West Ward | The Streetlight

A building in Trenton's West Ward that once served as shelter for women experiencing homelessness could be utilized as a shelter again. The matter is expected to be the subject of a hearing at City Hall in December.

News Shelter For People Experiencing Homelessness In The Works For Trenton’s West Ward November 29, 2019 Jared Kofsky The new owner of a property in Trenton’s West Ward could allow the premises be used by people experiencing homelessness once again. A legal notice shows that a firm known as SLM ...

Dylan Chidick, who experienced homelessness in Jersey City as a child, began his first semester at The College of New Je...
11/29/2019
Keeping Up With Chidick: A Teen Who Once Experienced Homelessness Begins His College Experience | The Streetlight

Dylan Chidick, who experienced homelessness in Jersey City as a child, began his first semester at The College of New Jersey in August. Chidick sat down with The Streetlight's Zion Lee to discuss his transition to college.

News, The Highlight Keeping Up With Chidick: A Teen Who Once Experienced Homelessness Begins His College Experience November 21, 2019 Zion Lee By Zion Lee As college admissions dates began to approach in 2018, all eyes seemed to be glued to one very special teenager from Jersey City. Dylan Chidick,....

Could climate change worsen the homelessness crisis? Joshua Trifari reports as part of the New Jersey College Climate Co...
11/26/2019
Could Climate Change Worsen Trenton’s Homelessness Crisis? | The Streetlight

Could climate change worsen the homelessness crisis? Joshua Trifari reports as part of the New Jersey College Climate Collaboration.

News Could Climate Change Worsen Trenton’s Homelessness Crisis? November 21, 2019 Joshua Trifari This story is part of The Streetlight’s participation in a statewide climate reporting collaboration by members of the NJ College News Commons, a network of campus media outlets working together to c...

The Streetlight has learned that the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs is moving forward with plans to develop ...
11/25/2019
New Jersey to Launch Office on Homelessness Prevention | The Streetlight

The Streetlight has learned that the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs is moving forward with plans to develop an Office on Homelessness Prevention that will be based in Downtown Trenton. Read more:

News New Jersey to Launch Office on Homelessness Prevention November 21, 2019 Jared Kofsky By Jared Kofsky As chronic homelessness continues to impact thousands of New Jerseyans in municipalities such as Trenton, the question remains what roles government agencies, non-profit organizations, religiou...

Last winter, The Streetlight first reported on plans by The College of New Jersey to open a food pantry on its campus in...
11/22/2019
College Opens Innovative Food Pantry in Ewing Township | The Streetlight

Last winter, The Streetlight first reported on plans by The College of New Jersey to open a food pantry on its campus in Ewing Township. Now, The SHOP @ TCNJ is open to college students, faculty, and members of the general public. As Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week wraps up, The Streetlight's Hannah Keyes and Brie Wells provide an overview of how this new facility operates.

News College Opens Innovative Food Pantry in Ewing Township November 22, 2019 Jared Kofsky Editor’s Note: Last winter, The Streetlight reported that a food pantry was in the works for The College of New Jersey. In the time since, the facility has opened its doors. By Hannah Keyes and Brie Wells Th...

10/31/2019

Hello! Here are some upcoming community events that are being sponsored by our partners at HomeFront.

Thursday, November 21:

Hunger and Homelessness in our Community: An Expert Panel co-hosted by HomeFront and Labyrinth Books as part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Panelists will include Princeton University Professor and poverty researcher Kathryn Edin, Shakira Abdul-Ali, Trenton’s Director of Health & Human Services, Mary Gay Abbott-Young, Rescue Mission of Trenton’s CEO, Sarah Steward, HomeFront’s Chief Operating Officer, and Talitha-Koumi “TK” Oluwafemi, YMCA’s Manager of the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market, who will provide a personal perspective on the climb out of poverty. This event is at 6 p.m., free, open to the public at Labyrinth Books (122 Nassau Street, Princeton).

Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23

Tours of HomeFront’s Family Campus (9am-4pm) in honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Free and open to all community members. Come see HomeFront’s comprehensive services model in action, which provides local families experiencing homelessness with a temporary place to stay and the tools needed to live self-sufficiently. Located at 101 Celia Way in Ewing, across from the Trenton Airport.

Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23

HomeFront’s Annual ArtSpace Holiday Market (9am-4pm). Members of the community can select seasonal gifts that support local families climbing out of poverty. Evocative handmade pieces by current and former HomeFront clients and unique gift-able works from local, regional and national artists will be for sale. On 11/22 clothing and jewelry vendors, sponsored by the Homefront Women’s Initiative will also join the event. Located HomeFront’s Family Campus, 101 Celia Way in Ewing, across from the Trenton Airport. Tours of the Campus will also be offered throughout the day.

10/28/2019

Do you know of an issue related to homelessness in the Trenton area that The Streetlight should look into? If so, please send us an email at [email protected]!

The results of the 2019 New Jersey Point-in-Time count are in. NJ Spotlight reports that one of Mercer County's neighbor...
07/31/2019
NJ’s Homeless Population Decreases, But Nine Counties See an Increase - NJ Spotlight

The results of the 2019 New Jersey Point-in-Time count are in. NJ Spotlight reports that one of Mercer County's neighbors, Somerset County, saw the largest increase in reported homelessness compared to the 2018 NJ PIT Count. The Streetlight will feature an analysis of Mercer County PIT Count data in the coming months.

Annual survey likely undercounts New Jersey’s homeless; largest increase in 2019 count was in Somerset County

Our partners at HomeFront have two major events coming up in the Mercer County suburbs. On Monday, there will be an open...
07/18/2019

Our partners at HomeFront have two major events coming up in the Mercer County suburbs. On Monday, there will be an opening reception of ArtSpace's latest exhibition at the West Windsor Arts Council from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. On July 27, SewingSpace will hold an open house from 9:00am to 1:00pm at HomeFront's main location in Lawrence Township. Learn more: https://www.homefrontnj.org/artspace/.

The Streetlight partnered this spring with The Pavement magazine, England and Scotland's free publication for people exp...
07/06/2019
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The Streetlight partnered this spring with The Pavement magazine, England and Scotland's free publication for people experiencing homelessness. Read about the similarities and differences regarding homelessness in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and Trenton on pages 28 and 29 of The Pavement's July/August edition.

06/27/2019
Rescue Mission rehabs grand old house for homeless women

Last year, we first told you about plans to convert an abandoned house in Trenton's Chambersburg neighborhood into housing for five local women experiencing homelessness (https://thewall.pages.tcnj.edu/2018/02/03/coming-soon-to-south-clinton-avenue-permanent-housing-for-women/). Now, the Rescue Mission of Trenton is celebrating the opening of the new affordable housing facility inside the building. This video from The Times of Trenton takes you inside.

Friday, June 14 2019 - On Thursday, June 20, 2019, The Rescue Mission of Trenton will cut the ribbon on new affordable housing unit at 300 South Clinton Aven...

The work of the artists from ArtSpace at HomeFront's Family Campus was the background of Governor Murphy's budget announ...
06/26/2019

The work of the artists from ArtSpace at HomeFront's Family Campus was the background of Governor Murphy's budget announcement yesterday (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBu0ERN6V14). Artwork from the Trenton Community A-TEAM, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and HomeFront's ArtSpace is part of every edition of The Streetlight.

Do you know where you can turn to for help in the Trenton area this summer? Check out The Streetlight's Mercer County Re...
06/06/2019
Mercer County Resource Guide | The Streetlight

Do you know where you can turn to for help in the Trenton area this summer? Check out The Streetlight's Mercer County Resource Guide and Map for information about food pantries, shelters, and other services in the capital region.

Mercer County Resource Guide Where You Can Turn For Help All information is subject to change without notice. Call before visiting each location. The listings were last updated in April 2018 and the map was last updated in November 2017. To submit a suggestion for a new listing or change, please ema...

In case you missed it: The line for public housing in New Jersey’s capital city has gotten so long that the Trenton Hous...
06/05/2019
Trenton Housing Authority Closes Waiting Lists | The Streetlight

In case you missed it: The line for public housing in New Jersey’s capital city has gotten so long that the Trenton Housing Authority decided in March to close the waiting list.

News, The Streetlight Investigates Trenton Housing Authority Closes Waiting Lists June 5, 2019 Jared Kofsky The line for public housing in New Jersey’s capital city is so long that the Trenton Housing Authority has decided not to allow anyone else to join the waiting list. City Hall in Trenton. Fi...

Tomorrow is the last day to see the work of the Trenton Community A-TEAM's artists on display at the Montgomery Shopping...
05/30/2019
Music-Inspired Art by Trenton Community A-TEAM Artists - The Princeton Festival

Tomorrow is the last day to see the work of the Trenton Community A-TEAM's artists on display at the Montgomery Shopping Center in Skillman.

Trenton Community A-TEAM artwork inspired by the Festival's production of John Adams' Nixon in China opera will be displayed at Thomas Sweet Café in Skillman for the month of May and at The Princeton Festival's performances of the opera at McCarter Theatre on June 23rd and June 30th.

We are thrilled to announce that The Streetlight has received First Place for the Engage Local honor as part of the Cent...
02/11/2019
Center for Cooperative Media announces winners of the 2019 NJ News Commons Excellence in Local…

We are thrilled to announce that The Streetlight has received First Place for the Engage Local honor as part of the Center for Cooperative Media's 2019 Excellence in Local News Awards. This honor goes to New Jersey news organizations "that relied heavily on community engagement or similar practices as a major source or aspect of their reporting" in 2018. We were also the runner up for the NJ News Commons Partner of the Year. Thank you to the Center for Cooperative Media, our contributors, and our readers! If you have a story involving homelessness in Mercer County that you would like us to look into, please send an email to [email protected].

NJ News Commons members took home awards for collaboration, innovation, sustainability, campus media, investigative reporting, and more

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01/16/2019

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01/11/2019

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These January days may seem dreary and gray, but not at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and Capital City Farm, where it's all about color. The soup kitchen's expansion looks right out on the farm fields, where both food and beauty grow to nourish the people of Trenton. The future is looking bright!

It's here: Read the entire Winter 2018-19 edition of The Streetlight. thestreetlight.pages.tcnj.edu/files/2019/01/TheStr...
01/07/2019

It's here: Read the entire Winter 2018-19 edition of The Streetlight. thestreetlight.pages.tcnj.edu/files/2019/01/TheStreetlightWinter1819.pdf.

The 2018 Point-in-Time Count found that homelessness increased in New Jersey by nine percent.
01/03/2019
PIT Count: Homelessness Rises in New Jersey | The Streetlight

The 2018 Point-in-Time Count found that homelessness increased in New Jersey by nine percent.

The Spotlight PIT Count: Homelessness Rises in New Jersey December 24, 2018 Jared Kofsky By Jared Kofsky and Joshua Trifari Homelessness appears to be on the rise again in the Garden State. The federally mandated Point-in-Time Count, held on January 23 and 24, 2018, found that the number of people e...

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen has expanded by 3,400 square feet. The Streetlight's Joshua Trifari reports from Escher St...
01/02/2019
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Expands | The Streetlight

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen has expanded by 3,400 square feet. The Streetlight's Joshua Trifari reports from Escher Street.

News Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Expands December 27, 2018 Jared Kofsky By Joshua Trifari The new wing of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Photo by Jared Kofsky/The Streetlight.An air of excitement looms over the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). The many noises that accompany construction provide a bac...

When it comes to homelessness in the United States, it has long been debated whether the crisis should be addressed by g...
01/01/2019
Newark’s Government Joins Fight Against Homelessness in Their City | The Streetlight

When it comes to homelessness in the United States, it has long been debated whether the crisis should be addressed by government agencies or societal groups. In the Trenton area, both categories have long played a crucial role in homelessness prevention, though non-profit organizations and religious institutions continue to operate nearly every food pantry, soup kitchen, and shelter. Although assistance is provided to these groups through county, state, and federal dollars, often for specific contracted services, a look at our Mercer County Resource Guide will reveal that many of the region’s vital resources for individuals and families experiencing homelessness are not run by government agencies themselves.

Societal organizations playing such a key role in homelessness prevention is common throughout the state and the country. This makes the recent moves by the municipal government in the Garden State’s largest city quite unique and raises questions about whether other New Jersey cities could follow suit.

News Newark’s Government Joins Fight Against Homelessness in Their City December 27, 2018 Jared Kofsky By Jared Kofsky Newark Mayor Ras Baraka speaks to the media at the opening of the H.E.L.P. Shelter. Photo by Jared Kofsky/The Streetlight.When it comes to homelessness in the United States, it ha...

The Streetlight asked Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora about homelessness in New Jersey's capital city. Mayor Gusciora said t...
12/31/2018
The Highlight: Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora | The Streetlight

The Streetlight asked Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora about homelessness in New Jersey's capital city. Mayor Gusciora said that other communities along with the county, state, and federal governments should "step up to the plate" in order to help address the homelessness crisis on the local level.

The Highlight The Highlight: Trenton Mayor W. Reed Gusciora December 27, 2018 Jared Kofsky For the last several months, New Jersey’s capital has been under new leadership. W. Reed Gusciora, a former state assemblyman and adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey, was sworn into office as Tren...

Piazza Grande - Giornale di strada
12/31/2018
Piazza Grande - Giornale di strada

Piazza Grande - Giornale di strada

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Thanks The Streetlight for telling our story!
La nostra voce è arrivata fino in New Jersey e non possiamo che esserne felici!

"The paper’s intention was threefold: to allow marginalized individuals within Bologna to express themselves through art and writing, to provide them with a means of financial self sustainability, and to battle social exclusion and affirm the rights of the homeless population"
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"Lo scopo del giornale era triplice: permettere agli individui emarginati di Bologna di esprimersi attraverso l'arte e la scrittura, di fornire loro mezzi economici, e di combattere l'esclusione sociale e affermare i diritti delle persone senza dimora."

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