NH DHHS to Coordinate Annual Count of New Hampshire’s Homeless Population

Concord, NH – On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the New Hampshire Department

of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will coordinate a count to identify the

number of homeless individuals in New Hampshire. The DHHS Bureau of

Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS), together with service providers that

serve homeless individuals and families, will report the number of

sheltered and unsheltered persons for a 24-hour period. This is a

coordinated effort between the three local homeless Continuums of Care –

Greater Nashua, Manchester and the “Balance of State,” which BHHS


“This count is intended to be a snapshot of how many people are

experiencing homelessness on any given day in New Hampshire,” said Maureen

Ryan, BHHS Administrator. “It is based on information reported from city

and town welfare offices, homeless shelters, police and fire departments,

faith based organizations, outreach workers, the 2-1-1 Call Center, and

other organizations serving people experiencing homelessness in the State.”

In January 2015, New Hampshire reported 2,158 homeless individuals across

the State. Of that number, 1,370 were sheltered, 262 were unsheltered, and

526 individuals were doubled up (temporarily residing with family or

friends). The total of 2,210 includes 393 families.

An accurate unduplicated count is required by the US Department of Housing

and Urban Development and is essential in DHHS’s efforts to obtain funds

that directly benefit individuals and families experiencing homelessness or

at risk of becoming homeless in New Hampshire.

For information on how you can participate, please call the Bureau of

Homeless and Housing Services at 271-9196.