The Escher SRO Project, located at 50 Escher Street in Trenton, NJ, has been serving Mercer County's homeless population for the past 14 years. The facility has 110 units, 100 permanent residential units, and a 26-bed transitional program supported by a range of on-site and off-site social services. The program receives HUD Section 8 subsidies for all of its permanent units.
The renovated 45,000-square-foot brick building is situated on several acres of land just one half block from the Municipal Court/Police Department complex, and is within walking distance of numerous community agencies, houses of worship, public transportation, the Trentonian newspaper, and the city's business corridors. The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen is located just down the street.
Escher SRO is an affiliate of EMET Realty Management and Development Company, which manages the project and is a participating organization in the Mercer County Alliance to End Homelessness. Currently Helping Arms, Inc. provides social services at Escher SRO Project. These agencies have been working in concert with a network of off-site social and medical care services to provide support to the Escher SRO Project staff.
Helping Arms is a not-for-profit, community-based organization founded in 1998 to provide counseling, employment placement services, housing and other social services to low income people. In 2009, Helping Arms, Inc. was awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Labor to operate a prison reentry initiative in the City of Trenton, New Jersey. Helping Arms collaborates with a number of community organizations to provide transitional support services to adult offenders, 18 years of age and older, who have been convicted and incarcerated as an adult and who are returning to the greater Trenton area.
Helping Arm's program provides ex-offenders with case management, employment and educational opportunities, housing services, computer-supported education, drug treatment, mental health referrals and mentoring.
Helping Arm's holistic approach to reentry ensures that each individual's needs are identified and met. Helping Arm's goal is to assist each client in preparing for, obtaining and sustaining employment.