Concord, NH – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS), is releasing the State’s first comprehensive plan to eliminate homelessness among veterans and their families in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Homeless Veterans Plan is a 4-year strategic plan aimed at helping those who protect us. The plan was developed in partnership with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Harbor Homes Inc. and numerous other organizations throughout New Hampshire.
“Homelessness is often times a consequence of multiple social factors such as lack of family support, unemployment, inadequate job skills, substandard living conditions, health issues, addiction, and/or other mental health concerns,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “The guiding vision of this Plan was to create a NH service system where there is ‘no wrong door’ when it comes to veterans seeking services to prevent or move forward from being homeless.”
In 2009 the NH Homeless Management Information System Database identified 428 veterans who had received services through the state’s homeless services system, receiving services such as outreach and intervention, shelter, or transitional housing. Estimates on the total number of homeless veterans may be as high as 600 annually.
“The Plan provides a framework for addressing homelessness,” said BHHS Administrator Maureen Ryan, “which includes comprehensive goals, actions to be taken, expected outcomes/benefits, and estimated completion time. Ultimately our goal is to eliminate homelessness among veterans and their families in NH by 2014 by ensuring that all have access to affordable housing and support services that promotes independence and well being.”
To read the four year Strategic Plan to end homelessness Among Veterans and Their Families visit: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/DHHS/OHHTS/LIBRARY/Program +Report-Plan/veterans.htm