About "The HUT Community" app


The HUT Community provides access to available and emerging resources; healthy food, local events, youth driven programs, culturally enriched programs, local businesses and much more.

The app benefits youth, seniors, and families across Mercer County NJ with meaningful and relevant information. It was designed during the pandemic with the goal of connecting locals to available food resources. The app is inspired by traditional communal spaces, ‘Palava Huts,’ found across Liberia and many countries in Africa.

Palava Huts serves as social networking hubs for learning and sharing of current or emerging opportunities and resources. They also serve as a safe space to resolve issues/challenges in the community. Likewise, The HUT Community app is designed to increase our communities’ access and knowledge to resources, local businesses, organizations, events, opportunities and much more.

With the support of the SMITH FAMILY FOUNDATIONLegacy International Foundation for Education Inc. (LIFE) and community partners Empowerment House Inc.Trenton United Family Foundation Inc. (TUFF), Vonzella’s Crowns and TRIO Upward Bound Program present "The HUT Community" app to serve our youth, seniors, and families with meaningful and relevant information/opportunities.

The app builds on our collective missions:

SMITH FAMILY FOUNDATION: " Empower our community, Cultivate leaders and Transforms lives" 

Empowerment House: Empowerment House is dedicated in providing a drug free and safe environment for our residents and communities. Empowerment House offers up to one year of housing and 8 life skill services (found on our service page) to men an​d women who struggle with obtaining housing, employment, displaying prosocial skills, rebuilding and/or building healthy relationships, and living out their life purpose due to substance/alcohol use.

LIFE: Enhance the quality of life for youth by increasing their access to educational resources; particularly those living in low income, under-resourced and underdeveloped communities."

TRIO Upward Bound is an educational program offered during the summer and academic year for high school students from low-income families; and families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of TRIO Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary school and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. It strives to develop the academic and personal skills a student will need to successfully complete college. TRIO Upward Bound is funded by the United States Department of Education (Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965).

TRIO Upward Bound reflects Mercer County Community College's mission to provide services and activities that support individual student success.

TUFF: At Trenton United Family Foundation Inc we’re raising funds to promote initiatives for youth development and to serve our community. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing our communities.

Vonzella’s Crowns: Our Mission is to Educate, Transform, Empower Women, and Senior Citizens in the City of Trenton NJ, New Jersey through Advocacy, Community Service, Music and the Arts.


Please share the app with family and friends. Contact us to learn more about how you can help us maintain the app or add your business/organizations information on the app.