Shaheen Continues “Invest in NH” Tour, Highlighting Federal Awards to Address the Mental Health Crisis & Combat Homelessness
**In the final government funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2023, Shaheen – a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee – secured more than $111 million to support NH projects**
Shaheen visiting Jean’s Place-Center for Life Management in Salem.
Shaheen at the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH).
Shaheen stopping by the Aviation Mural in Derry.
(Salem, NH) — Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, continued her “Invest in NH” tour with stops in Salem and Concord. The “Invest in NH” tour highlights important projects for which Shaheen secured funding through the fiscal year (FY) 2023 government funding bill that was signed into law, which includes more than $111 million for New Hampshire. She also stopped by the Aviation Mural in Derry to meet the artist behind the mural and discuss how this public art brings the community together.
Shaheen kicked off her day with a visit to Jean’s Place-Center for Life Management in Salem. She highlighted a $100,000 CDS award she secured to support a new six-bed supportive housing program for adults experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal of the program is to reduce the need for hospitalization and transition individuals back to their community.
“Too many Granite Staters suffer in silence with mental health challenges, and the pandemic only made matters worse. Organizations like Jean’s Place are on the frontlines delivering services and care to adults in need. I was glad to fight for key funding to ensure individuals experiencing a mental health crisis have a safe space to recover,” said Shaheen.
This afternoon, Shaheen traveled to the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) to discuss their work to combat housing insecurity and the impacts of the $1 million CDS award she secured. The funding will be used to purchase new permanent supportive housing properties for individuals experiencing long-term homelessness.
“The housing crisis has hit families across our state, and we need an all-hands-on-deck approach to build more housing and provide the assistance necessary to keep Granite Staters housed. I’m excited to learn more about how this $1 million award I secured will be used to help house Granite Staters who are experiencing long-term homelessness. I’ll continue to support CCEH’s work to combat housing insecurity by creating permanent homes for vulnerable Concord residents,” said Shaheen.
"Everyone deserves safe, decent, affordable housing,” said Karen Jantzen, Executive Director of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. “We are so grateful to Senator Shaheen for securing these federal funds for our project which will allow us to increase permanent supportive housing for individuals exiting long-term homelessness.”
As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), Shaheen worked to include $111,359,972 for 105 New Hampshire projects in the final government funding legislation for fiscal year 2023. These projects respond to a myriad of issues uniquely facing New Hampshire, including expanding access to health care, updating water infrastructure, increasing affordable housing and more. Through her leadership, she also helps write the legislation that funds key federal programs that respond to the substance use disorder crisis, help domestic and sexual violence survivors, invest in law enforcement programs, spur research and innovation and much more.