Energized by our collective success in securing an appropriation for the state housing trust fund and increasing funding for homelessness during the last legislative session, Housing Action NH and its members gear up for what comes next.
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State budget season at the State House draws to a close this week with some progress on the housing front. The capital budget includes $2.5 million for the Affordable Housing Fund and the operating budget includes full funding for homeless shelters and an increase to the Homeless Housing Access Revolving Loan Fund. The Governor is expected to sign both budgets.
In Washington DC, the focus is on the FY 18 budget for HUD and USDA Rural Housing programs. Following Trump’s budget proposal that included draconian cuts to housing programs, Housing Action NH will be joining advocates from the New England Housing Network at meetings with key congressional appropriations staff on Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of these programs and the impact of any cuts.
Finally, be sure to visit the new Resources on Supportive Housing in New Hampshire’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) here.
State budget advocacy has been the major focus of housing proponents this legislative session, advocating for a capital budget appropriation into the Affordable Housing Fund and ongoing operating fund support for the state’s homeless shelters and programs.
At the federal level, there is growing concern in New Hampshire and across the country regarding the severe cuts to HUD and USDA rural housing programs proposed in both the FY 17 and FY 18 budgets that would have adverse impacts on thousands of New Hampshire residents.
A severe and growing shortage of housing choices in New Hampshire promises to divert business investments, exacerbate workforce shortages, and limit business growth. While several state and federal housing policy proposals are worth our attention in 2017, New Hampshire’s Affordable Housing Fund provides an opportunity to help change this trajectory. Advocates are now preparing to make our case to the Governor, who called housing one of the state’s economic drivers in his inaugural speech this week, and to the legislature. More details on this and other items follow. http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6f449eb054f9419b0f5fcee35&id=d24aca6c3e
Housing Action NH is currently accepting resumes for a contract Engagement & Communications Manager. Click here for details on the position and how to apply.
The New Hampshire Business Case for a Supportive Housing Services Benefit documents the cost savings that can be achieved by providing supportive housing services. Housing Action NH and the NH Coalition to End Homelessness worked with CSH to analyze the 2015 Medicaid claims data of NH residents experiencing homelessness. The analysis shows about 70% of individuals in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) are now enrolled in Medicaid, 4,296 people. The analysis suggests that increasing pre-tenancy and tenancy support services would have a significant positive impact in decreasing public costs for this population. State and federal savings for the top decile who received supportive services are $287,798. The full report is now available.
This annual report, published by the NH Coalition to End Homelessness, analyzes and contextualizes data from this year’s Point in Time count and the Dept. of Education’s count of homeless NH school children. Link to the report here.
Looking for more state and federal data? Find our sector’s most important reports, containing data you can use to advocate for more affordable homes and ending homelessness under the “Data Resources” section of our website.
New Hampshire Housing has posted two new Requests for Proposals for supportive housing. These RFPs stem from allocations to the NH Affordable Housing Fund and the National Housing Trust Fund.
1) Supportive Housing For Persons with Substance Use Disorders (source: NH Affordable Housing Fund). The purpose of this RFP is to commit the remaining $700,000 from the 2016 allocation to the NH Affordable Housing Fund, to be used for the creation of affordable supportive recovery housing.
Full details and RFP linked here.
2) Supportive Housing for Persons with Special Needs (source: National Housing Trust Fund). This RFP makes available up to $2 million for projects that serve those earning less than 30% of the Area Median Income with housing that incorporates services for residents. There will be a preference for projects serving the Chronically Homeless, as defined by HUD. This RFP will also be used to award Project Based Vouchers (PBVs) to allow funded projects to serve an extremely low income population for the duration of the 30-year minimum affordability period.
Full details and RFP linked here.
Congress’ anticipated Continuing Resolution will fund federal housing and homeless programs at FY 2016 levels until December 9. At the state level, housing advocates are sharing the alarming data released in the annual Residential Rental Cost Survey indicating a severe shortage in the supply of affordable rental homes, generating workforce challenges and undermining economic recovery for New Hampshire families. Click here to read the October Update.