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Friday
Mar222013

NH DHHS Releases Data Assessing State’s Homeless Population

Concord - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS),

Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS), announces the results of

the one-day statewide Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless individuals and

families. This count took place on 1/23/13 from 12:00 midnight to 11:59

p.m. and targeted city/town welfare offices, homeless shelters, hospitals,

police departments, soup kitchens, food pantries, outreach workers, and

other organizations serving homeless people in New Hampshire. The count is

undertaken as a coordinated effort between the three local homeless

Continuums of Care, Nashua, Manchester and the “Balance of State” which

BHHS coordinates.



Results of this one-day count revealed there were 2,576 homeless

individuals across the state. This represents a 6% increase in the number

of homeless individuals from 2012 (2,438 individuals). Of that number

1,243 were sheltered (down 9% from 2012); 442 were unsheltered (up 17% from

2012); 891 individuals were temporarily doubled up (temporarily residing

with family or friend, a 20% increase from 2012); 418 were families (which

is a 3% increase of families that were homeless in 2012). Also, of the

1,520 adults surveyed, 37% (562) self reported a severe and persistent

mental illness, 35% (533) reported having a substance abuse issue, 11%

(165) were veterans, and 32% (481) were chronically homeless.



“It is troubling to see the rise in the number of people who do not have a

place to call home,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “This data

underscores the need for us to continue to work together to find solutions

to end homelessness, especially in a time of limited resources as there are

far too many individuals and families that do not have a permanent place to

live.”



BHHS coordinates this Point-in-Time count in order to gather an accurate

and unduplicated count of homeless individuals and families across the

state. As part of the funding BHHS receives from the US Department of

Housing and Urban Development, this count is required to identify the needs

created by the ongoing issue of homelessness; both sheltered and

unsheltered, in New Hampshire.



“The annual PIT count provides the BHHS with data to identify both who is

homeless in the state, and where they are located on a given day,” said

BHHS Administrator Maureen Ryan. “BHHS strives to obtain as accurate a

count as possible through statewide coordination of this effort and

eliciting participation from a wide range of service providers and other

organizations. This information helps us ensure services are targeted at

the areas and populations in need.”

 

Read Full Report Here --> PointInTime Homeless Report 2013

Thursday
Mar212013

NH DHHS - Annual Rankings Show Where State Counties Do Well and Opportunities for Improvement

Concord, NH – Rockingham County is now the healthiest county in New

Hampshire, displacing Merrimack County as last year’s healthiest, according

to the third annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert

Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population

Health Institute (UWPHI). Grafton County has taken second after Rockingham

this year. According to the Rankings, residents of Coos County have almost

twice the rate of premature deaths and three times the rate of children

living in poverty as residents of Rockingham County.



The Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org, include a snapshot

of each county in New Hampshire with a color-coded map comparing each

county’s overall health ranking. Researchers used five measures to assess

the level of overall health or “health outcomes” for New Hampshire by

county: the rate of people dying before age 75, the percentage of people

who report being in fair or poor health, the numbers of days people report

being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of

low birth weight infants.



The Rankings also consider factors that affect people’s health within four

categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors,

and physical environment. Among the many health factors they look at: rates

of adult smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking among adults, and

teenage births; the number of uninsured under age 65, availability of

primary care physicians, and preventable hospital stays; rates of high

school graduation, adults who have attended some college, children in

poverty; community safety; limited access to healthy foods; rates of

physical inactivity; and air pollution levels.



The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county

in all 50 states. They Rankings allow counties to see how they compare to

other counties within each State based on a range of factors that influence

health including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family

and social support. This year’s Rankings include new measures, such as how

many dentists are in a community per resident.



“This report unfortunately confirms that the health of the residents of

Coos and Sullivan Counties lags behind the rest of the State,” said New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Public Health

Director Dr. José Montero. “There is room for improvement in Strafford,

Belknap, and Carroll Counties as well. We plan to use this and other data

we have collected to work toward change in these markers of health for all

the citizens of New Hampshire.”



This report is complementary to the New Hampshire State Health Profile the

Division of Public Health Services released two years ago. Last year DPHS

also released the 2011 Snapshot of New Hampshire’s Public Health Regions,

Counties, and the Cities of Manchester and Nashua. This snapshot, a

companion document to the 2011 New Hampshire State Health Profile, is meant

to assist community leaders and to identify priority health issues in their

communities. The 2011 Snapshot also confirms that Coos County fares worse

than the State in areas such as obesity, binge drinking, teen birth rates,

and access to primary care providers.



To view the entire 2011 New Hampshire State Profile, go to

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/documents/2011statehealthprofile.pdf . The Snapshot

Report is available online at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/index.htm#regprof . For

more information about the Division of Public Health Services visit the

DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov .

Wednesday
Mar202013

Governor Hassan Announces New Hampshire Counties Have Received Federal Major Disaster Declaration for February Storm 

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

CONCORD, N.H. –Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that President Obama has granted New Hampshire’s request for a major disaster declaration for the severe winter storm that occurred February 8-10.

 

The declaration covers Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Sullivan counties. It will provide for reimbursement of 75 percent of the expenses of responding to the record and near-record snowfalls by the state and municipal governments and eligible non-profit organizations.

 

“February’s storm put a significant strain on our local communities, and the ongoing winter weather has pushed snow removal budgets to the limits,” Governor Hassan said. “The major declaration will allow communities to apply for critical funds that will help provide relief and replenish resources.”

 

The statewide cost of responding to the storm was estimated at nearly $5 million.

 

The disaster assistance will be managed by the N.H. Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Applicant briefings for entities seeking disaster assistance will be held the week of April 1.

An important criterion in determining eligibility for disaster aid is whether a county has received record or near-record snowfall. Carroll County received 30.5 inches of snow during the storm, an increase of 160 percent over the previous record of 19 inches. Hillsborough County received 25.5 inches and Rockingham County received 24.1 inches during the storm.

Sunday
Mar172013

Governor Hassan's Public Schedule for Monday, March 18 - Friday, March 22, 2013 

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 22, 2013

 

CONCORD – Below is Governor Maggie Hassan’s schedule of public events for Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 2013:

Monday, March 18

10:30 AM        Governor Hassan to Speak at Scholar Athlete Awards

                        Location: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main Street, Concord

 

Tuesday, March 19

8:30 AM          Governor Hassan to Speak at CU4 Reality Financial Fair – West Running Brook Middle School

                        Location: Credit Union Museum, 418 Notre Dame Avenue, Manchester

 

11:45 AM        Governor Hassan to Greet Agriculture Day Attendees

                        Location: State House Plaza, Concord

 

Wednesday, March 20

8:00 AM          Governor Hassan to Attend Governor and Executive Council Breakfast

Location:  Insurance Department, Room 100, 21 S. Fruit Street, Concord

 

10:00 AM        Governor Hassan to Preside Over Executive Council Meeting

Location: Executive Council Chambers, State House, Concord

*Note: the Governor will hold a brief media availability immediately following the Executive Council Meeting

 

Thursday, March 21

6:30 PM          Governor Hassan to Address North Country Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

                        Location: Log Haven Restaurant, Route 26, Millsfield

 

Friday, March 22

9:30 AM          Governor Hassan to Speak at 2013 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference

                        Location: Hartman Union Building, Plymouth State University, Plymouth

 

10:30 AM        Governor Hassan to Speak at Historic Buildings for the Next Century: Preservation’s Role in a Sustainable Future Preservation Conference

                        Location: Heritage Commons room, Samuel Read Hall, Highland Street, Plymouth State University, Plymouth

Saturday
Mar162013

Governor Hassan Tours Hitchiner Manufacturing in Milford

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

As part of her Innovate NH tour, Governor Hassan tours Hitchiner Manufacturing in Milford along with Keith Tuthill (left), plant manager of the Hitchiner Gas Turbine Operations (GTO) and Marc Riquelme (right) Executive Vice President of the U.S. Operations for Hitchiner (Photo courtesy of Scott Biederman of Hitchiner)

 

MILFORD – Governor Maggie Hassan continued her statewide “Innovate NH” tour today with a visit to Hitchiner Manufacturing, where she toured the company’s operations, met with Hitchiner employees, and discussed efforts to ensure a strong workforce that can fill jobs at New Hampshire’s innovative businesses.

Founded in 1946, Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. produces castings in hundreds of different alloys for a broad spectrum of global markets and customers that include the leaders in the automotive, aerospace, and other industries. Since its inception Hitchiner has been a leader in innovation in the metal casting industry.

Governor Hassan’s balanced budget proposal encourages the growth of New Hampshire’s existing businesses and seeks to attract new ones by ensuring a strong workforce, doubling and permanently extending the research & development tax credit, funding business incubators, and providing technical assistance to businesses.

Hassan's “Innovate NH” tour features stops across New Hampshire, including visits to innovative businesses and discussions with local leaders, educators and citizens, as part of her efforts to reach out to Granite Staters for their input on building a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.