NH Delegation Announces $3.6 Million in Funding Through CARES Act to Support Affordable Housing for Granite Staters

May 04, 2020

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that housing authorities and agencies throughout New Hampshire will receive $3,594,661 through the CARES Act to support affordable housing for Granite Staters during the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, funding was distributed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Operating Fund, which is used to support housing authorities in funding the operating and maintenance expenses of their buildings, and its Housing Choice Voucher Program, which is used to help low-income, disabled and elderly people afford safe and decent housing in the private market.

“As this pandemic continues to evolve, delivering urgently needed relief to Granite Staters has been my top priority,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’m very glad HUD has awarded these funds, which will help boost access to affordable housing and provide many of our most vulnerable citizens with support as they are especially endangered by this crisis and are in desperate need of help. I’ll continue to work in Congress to address the most pressing needs of our state and secure the critical funding and supplies it needs to combat this pandemic.”

“As Granite Staters grapple with severe economic strains as well as increased health risks due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that families’ housing needs are met,” said Senator Hassan. “This CARES Act funding will provide significant support for affordable housing all across our state, helping more families stay safe and healthy. I will keep working with our Congressional Delegation to support Granite Staters who are hardest hit as this unprecedented pandemic continues.”

“In addition to the tremendous health consequences, the coronavirus pandemic has also had a far-reaching impact on the economic security of Granite Staters, particularly vulnerable individuals like those living in public housing,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “This CARES Act funding will help protect the health and safety of the residents and staff of public housing in New Hampshire. It will prevent residents from experiencing economic ruin during this pandemic, and ensure housing authorities have the resources to protect their residents. I’m pleased this much-needed funding has been released, and I will continue working to provide all Granite Staters with the support they need during this crisis.”

“I’m pleased to see that these federal funds will be heading to New Hampshire through HUD to support housing authorities that provide affordable housing options for Granite Staters,” said Congressman Pappas. “Now more than ever as we battle the Coronavirus pandemic, we must ensure that New Hampshire has the necessary resources to guarantee the health and well-being of all our people – that includes a safe place to live and to call home. This CARES Act funding will go a long way to bolstering our efforts to beat this virus, get back on our feet, and safely reopen our economy. I remain committed to advocating for every federal dollar available to help Granite Staters in that effort.”

Breakdown of HUD Public Housing Operating Fund Grants for NH Housing Authorities and Agencies

New Hampshire housing authorities and agencies will receive a total of $1,895,201 through Public Housing Operating Fund grants administered by HUD. Here is a breakdown of how HUD will award the funds:

Housing Authority Name

Funding Amount

Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority

$598,678

Nashua Housing Authority

$364,142

Portsmouth Housing Authority

$238,437

Housing Authority of the City of Rochester

$140,868

Dover Housing Authority

$106,283

Concord Housing Authority

$99,467

Somersworth Housing Authority

$95,536

Lebanon Housing Authority

$69,741

Laconia Housing & Redevelopment Authority

$40,564

Housing Authority of the Town of Salem

$36,273

Claremont Housing Authority

$34,247

Exeter Housing Authority

$28,894

Berlin Housing Authority

$24,308

Housing Authority of the Town of Newmarket

$17,763

Breakdown of HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program Grants for NH Housing Authorities and Agencies

New Hampshire housing authorities and agencies will receive a total of $1,699,460 through grants administered by HUD. Here is a breakdown of how HUD will award the funds:

Housing Authority Name

Funding Amount

New Hampshire Housing Finance Agency

$662,424

Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority

$339,038

Nashua Housing Authority

$159,914

Dover Housing Authority

$80,314

Portsmouth Housing Authority

$72,408

Laconia Housing & Redevelopment Authority

$65,200

Concord Housing Authority

$50,752

Berlin Housing Authority

$35,482

Housing Authority of the City of Rochester

$33,706

Somersworth Housing Authority

$32,696

Exeter Housing Authority

$31,876

Keene Housing

$30,912

Lebanon Housing Authority

$25,326

Derry Housing & Redevelopment Authority

$22,202

Claremont Housing Authority

$19,506

Harbor Homes, Inc.

$15,606

Housing Authority of the Town of Newmarket

$12,386

Lancaster Housing Authority

$7,576

Northumberland Housing Authority

$2,136

Funding in this announcement comes in addition to the Congressional delegation’s efforts to address New Hampshire’s local needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including $15.2 million for New Hampshire's airports through the CARES Act to support them during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as $2 million to help Granite Staters living with mental health and substance use disorders$11.7 million was also awarded by HUD in additional funding to assist New Hampshire’s vulnerable homeless population and other local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Hampshire also received $4.9 million in initial funding to help the state prepare for COVID-19, which was provided by the first bipartisan coronavirus response bill.