Archive for May, 2015

HOME MATTERS IN NH WEEK MAY 25-29, 2015

Governor Hassan has proclaimed Home Matters in NH Week, and Housing Action NH is calling on our members and supporters to help us celebrate and harness the power of a week dedicated to the issue of affordable housing.

Each day this week, we’ll highlight different challenges to NH’s economy, workforce and residents when not enough affordable housing is available, and how state and Federal policy solutions can help increase the supply.

Click here to read our new Home Matters in NH report, which includes profiles of people whose lives are made better with homes they can afford.

Click here for essential data, facts and policy solutions you can use to learn and talk about why more affordable housing is needed in NH and how to get there.

Attend a Listening Session on 5-Year Consolidated Plan

The Community Development Finance Authority, New Hampshire Housing, and the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services are holding listening sessions around the state for input on priority community development, affordable housing, and homeless needs that can be addressed with Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from HUD over the next five years.

All remaining meetings take place from 1-3 PM at the following dates and locations:

June 2: Keene Community Room, Railroad Square Sr. Housing

June 8: Portsmouth Hilton Garden Meeting Room, Portsmouth Library

June 15: Bedford Board Room, New Hampshire Housing

An online survey is also available by clicking here for those unable to attend a meeting. Online survey will be open until June 30, 2015.

For more information, email comments@nhhfa.org or call Bill at 310-9269.

May 2015 News & Legislative Update

The House subcommittee on T-HUD filed its proposed FY ’16 Federal budget that short-funds or dissolves many critical housing programs. Advocates have called upon Congress to fund HUD programs at the highest possible levels, including fully funding rental assistance vouchers, HOME, Homeless Assistance Grants and more.

Under the NH State House dome, housing advocates have put significant energy into budget matters.  In addition, bills aimed at reducing regulatory barriers to affordable housing development are showing promise and outlined below. In this second half of the legislative session year, compromises and conference committees command our attention.

Click here to read our May 2015 News and Legislative Update for more on these topics, the latest housing and homelessness reports and events, plus a preview of our upcoming Home Matters in NH Week.