DHHS Awarded $2 Million for State Housing Programs

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) announced today it was recently awarded $1,983,835.00 in homeless assistance funds. The funds are part of nearly $1.5 billion dollars the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded to local homeless programs across the country. It was part of a national competition targeted to Supportive Housing Programs (SHP) that allows homeless individuals to live as independently as possible.

DHHS’s Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS) will administer the money to homeless providers around New Hampshire. “On behalf of the Department, I would like to thank the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for acknowledging the importance of these housing programs,” said Acting Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “Homelessness continues to be a challenge in New Hampshire as the state’s ongoing housing squeeze causes a high demand for shelter and services.”

This allocation will provide funding for services such as transitional and permanent housing, homeless outreach intervention, shelter, plus care, and to a statewide Homeless Management Information System. “These funds are critical to the continued implementation of the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. The programs receiving funding are an important means of helping to ensure that current transitional and permanent housing for our homeless population continues and that this vulnerable population receives the necessary services to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency,” said BHHS Administrator Maureen Ryan.

In addition to the $1,983,835.00, the Department also received from HUD $493,118.00 under the federal Stewart B. McKinney Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Program. These funds will assist homeless individuals with basic shelter and essential supportive services, as well as assist with operational and administration costs of shelter facilities. The funds can also provide short-term homeless prevention assistance to anyone at imminent risk of losing their own housing due to eviction, foreclosure, or utility shutoffs.