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Brunswick Avenue Youth Homelessness Expansion Project Opens!

The exterior of the Brunswick Avenue location of Anchor House
The exterior of the Brunswick Avenue location of Anchor House

Anchor House recently celebrated the opening of our new location on Brunswick Avenue in Trenton with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The site replaces our Broad Street location and houses the Street Outreach Program, Youth Drop-In Center, Apartment Program and Connect to Home offices. 

The facility will provide more opportunities for Anchor House to expand our presence in Trenton and serve more youth.

(L to R) Assemblyman Anthony S. Verrelli, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Anchor House Executive Director Kim McNear and Anchor House Board President Kristie Sells
(L to R) Assemblyman Anthony S. Verrelli, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Anchor House Executive Director Kim McNear and Anchor House Board President Kristie Sells

We were thrilled that Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Assemblyman Anthony S. Verrelli, Mercer County Commissioner Terrance Stokes, AH Board of Directors, community members, staff and donors gathered to celebrate.

Visit our Facebook page for more opening celebration photos. See one set here, and another set here.

Kim McNear, Anchor House Executive Director, spoke about the impact of Anchor House over the past 46 years.

“We are proud to offer the only street outreach program targeting youth and young people in Mercer County for more than two decades,” she remarked.

Youth and young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness can visit the Drop in Location for food, essentials, laundry, access computers, information and case management.

Four young people now call Brunswick Avenue home through our Anchor Line Apartment Program. Anchor Line provides subsidized housing for youth experiencing homelessness while they continue their education and /or maintain employment.

Common space for apartment residents
Common space for apartment residents.

Assemblyman Anthony S. Verrelli, a supporter of youth, highlighted the importance of the opening. “The new location represents a significant step forward for Anchor House.  It boasts not only an increased capacity but also improved accessibility, creating a more inviting atmosphere for the at-risk youth they serve,” he stated.

“Most importantly, the new building provides a comprehensive one-stop shop for young people. They will have access to a drop-in center, transitional apartments, street outreach programs, workshops, and dedicated office space, all conveniently located under one roof,” Verrelli continued.

Anchor House is grateful for the support from an anonymous donor, Rue Foundation, Mithun Foundation and the James Kerney Foundation to help with the costs of renovating the building.  The renovation offers a warm and welcoming environment for young people.

Learn more about our new location on Brunswick Avenue