New Hampshire Non-Profits To Receive $8.4M For Emergency Housing

The federal grants will assist nearly 50 organizations that provide housing for the homeless, victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

February 05, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Hampshire not-for-profit organizations that provide emergency housing and housing assistance to homeless individuals and families will receive $8.4 million in federal grant funding to continue to help those who are among the most vulnerable as the coronavirus pandemic continues, lawmakers recently announced.

The funding will be provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to organizations and states and local governments to help re-house the homeless as well as those who are fleeing domestic violence and sexual assault. The funding initiative was recently announced by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Reps. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01).

"The devastating impact of this pandemic on New Hampshire's most vulnerable populations cannot be overstated," Shaheen said in a news release announcing the funding. "Working families and Granite Staters from all walks of life are experiencing the most severe housing crisis in recent history, leaving many already vulnerable from the economic impact of COVID at even greater risk of being left without a home and nowhere to go."

Shaheen said the grants, in part, will specifically assist survivors of domestic violence who have been left in dangerous living situations due to stay-at-home orders and social distance practices spurred by the pandemic.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate the homelessness problem in our state, I will keep working with the delegation to provide much-needed resources to tackle this serious issue and bolster our efforts to provide housing to Granite Staters in need," Hassan said.

Kuster led a bipartisan effort in 2020 to increase the funding for organizations that assist homeless residents and others in need. Among those who will receive grant funding are several not-for profits in Concord, Dover, Nashua, Manchester and Littleton. The grants range from $12,000 to more than $1 million that will be award to nearly 50 not-for-profit organizations around the state that provide emergency housing services.

"Everyone needs a safe place to live, and we cannot turn our backs on the most vulnerable among us, especially those who have experienced trauma," Kuster said. "This funding will help to ensure no Granite Stater is left without a home, which is particularly critical now during the cold winter months and as Americans are encouraged to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19."

By:  Jeff Arnolds
Source: Patch