Housing Action NH recognized legislators, advocates and media during Home Matters in NH Week who have gone above and beyond to inform, advocate and advance policies that help ensure everyone in NH has a place to call home.
State Senators David Boutin (R-Hooksett), Senator Dan Feltes (D-Concord), Rep. James Belanger (R-Hollis) and Rep. Marjorie Porter (D-Hillsborough) were recognized in the Legislators category. Boutin and Feltes were lauded in particular for their work on an important appropriation to NH’s Affordable Housing Fund, while Belanger and Porter, the chair and former chair of the House Municipal & County Government Committee, were nominated for their work leading to passage of NH’s landmark new law governing Accessory Dwellings.
Families in Transition President Maureen Beauregard was recognized in the Advocates category for her deep, decades-long dedication to helping families with children exit homelessness.
Valley News reporter Nora Doyle-Burr & photographer James Patterson were recognized in the Media category for outstanding work to explain and put a human face on the complicated and potentially devastating loss of affordable rental homes in the Upper Valley due to expiring USDA mortgages, an issue that has begun to impact a growing number of renters nationwide.
Past Home Matters in NH Awards have been presented to Senators Jeb Bradley and Martha Fuller Clark, Concord resident and retired NH Community Loan Fund Community Housing Director Mike LaFontaine, and Concord Monitor reporters Jeremy Blackman and Megan Doyle.