Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing it was recently awarded $2,209,802 in homeless assistance renewal funds. The funds are part of nearly $1.6 billion dollars the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards annually to homeless programs across the country. Total funding awarded to New Hampshire is $5,722,717.00; with some of the funds going to the Greater Nashua and Manchester Homeless Continuums of Care to be awarded to service organizations in those areas. It is part of a national annual competition targeted to Supportive Housing Programs (SHP) and Homeless Assistance programs.
“This funding from HUD helps assist our State in supporting innovative programs to assist the homeless population in New Hampshire,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “While there was some progress made over the last year, we know there are still many more challenges we face in the effort to end homelessness.”
DHHS’s Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS) will administer the renewal funding to 18 programs providing services such as transitional and permanent housing, homeless outreach intervention, shelter plus care, and to a statewide Homeless Management Information System.
“The uncertain economic times are placing an even greater strain on the more than 2,000 people in New Hampshire who are homeless at any given time,” said BHHS Administrator Maureen Ryan. “The programs that receive assistance from this 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.”
In addition to the $2,209,802, the Department also received from HUD $494,457.00 in renewal funding 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 also support homeless prevention programs and provide short-term homeless prevention assistance to anyone at imminent risk of losing their own housing due to eviction, foreclosure, or utility shutoffs.
Separate from the renewal funding, New Hampshire is also expected to receive an additional $5,378,867.00 as part of the $1.5 billion national allocation for the Homeless Prevention Fund, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Manchester is expected to receive $766,545.00 and DHHS will receive $4,612,322.00 to be distributed to programs throughout the State. The funds will provide for varying types of assistance including; short and medium term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services, moving cost assistance, landlord mediation, security or utility deposits, or case management. The BHHS is in the process of developing a work plan and process for managing and distributing these funds.