News & Legislative Updates

Register for 2016 NH Conference on Homelessness

Thursday, September 29
Grappone Center, Concord

A day-long collaborative training sponsored by Belknap-Merrimack CAP, NH Housing, New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, NH Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services.

Features keynotes from Lynda Coates and Juston McKinney. Morning and afternoon breakout workshop topics include youth and family homelessness, local welfare advocacy, update on Medicaid for supportive housing services from CSH, and breaking the cycle of addiction

Click here for full conference brochure and registration.

Register for BIA Forum on Workforce Housing

Friday, Sept. 9
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Radisson Hotel, Manchester

Sponsored by NH Housing, in partnership with Housing Action NH and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast. Luncheon and panel discussion on housing challenges, the impact of housing on hiring, how cost and availability of housing affects young working professionals’ decisions on where to live, how housing advocates and businesses are working together to improve housing availability and affordability, and local and regional planning for new housing.

Panelists include:

  • Jessica Perry, Association Executive, Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors
  • Rebecca Perkins, Portsmouth City Council member and 603 Initiative board member
  • Stuart Arnett, President of the Arnett Development Group
  • Peter Throop, Director of the Peterborough Office of Community Development

Find more information on this luncheon event and registration here.

Summer 2016 News & Legislative Update Posted

A successful state legislative session closed with the signing of SB 533, appropriating $2 million to the Affordable Housing Fund for those with substance use disorders. Housing advocates were also pleased to see signs of progress at the federal level with the introduction of the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act in the US Senate as well as a LIHTC expansion proposal. For details on these and other topics, as well as reports and events of interest to NH housing advocates, click here.

Comment on NH Draft Allocation Plan for National Housing Trust Fund

Deadline: July 15

Comments will be taken through July 15, 2016 on a draft Allocation Plan for the $3 million NH will receive this year from the National Housing Trust Fund.

Find our notice here about the NHTF and the comment opportunity, including links to the NH Housing notification and the draft Allocation Plan.

Click here to read Housing Action NH’s testimony at the public hearing held June 2.

Making $21/hour? If not, housing is out of reach in NH

The 2016 Out of Reach report shows NH families are struggling to plug a gap between what they earn and what it costs to keep a roof overhead.

The statewide “housing wage,” the income a household needs to to be able to afford rent and still have enough left for necessities like food, transportation and childcare, is now $21.09. With a Fair Market Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment running $1,097, even families making the median renter income of $14.08/hour are paying more than they can afford on rent and utilities.  For families working at minimum wage, affording rent means 116 hours must be spent working each week.

Find out how NH compares to other states in the new report, published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. (Jump directly to New Hampshire data here.)

May 2016 News & Legislative Update

Advocacy for inclusion of recovery housing in the state’s response to the substance use disorder crisis remains a priority of Housing Action NH’s work at the state level. At the federal level, members of NH’s congressional delegation have been leading the way on necessary reforms to rural housing programs to protect affordable units and tenants.

Click here for an update on these and other housing and homelessness topics.

 

Congratulations to 2016 Home Matters in NH Award Winners

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.

It’s Home Matters in NH Week April 11-15, 2016

Home Matters in NH Week is a time to celebrate the victories and strides we’ve made by working together to bridge the affordable housing gap and end homelessness in NH. It’s also a time to assess remaining challenges and barriers, and discuss promising new approaches to help ensure everyone in NH has a place to call home.

This week, we will present the Home Matters in NH Award in three separate categories: Legislators, Advocates, Media. All legislators and Housing Action NH members are invited to our 2016 Award Ceremony Wednesday, April 13, 8:30 AM at the Statehouse Cafeteria.

Please watch for more announcements in your email inbox, your Facebook and Twitter feeds (#HomeMattersinNH), and here on our website as we draw attention to this important topic this week!

 

Nominations Open for 2016 Home Matters in NH Award

Know a legislator or advocate who has significantly helped shape or advance public policies to grow NH’s supply of affordable housing and end homelessness? Know a member of the NH press who has done outstanding work covering NH’s housing and homelessness challenges or solutions to these issues?

Nominate them for our 2016 Home Matters in NH Award! Click here for a nomination form, and submit by Friday, March 11 to Laurel@housingactionnh.org

Then, mark your calendar to join us at the Award Ceremony, Wednesday, April 13, 8:30 am Statehouse Cafeteria. All Housing Action NH members and legislators are invited to join us!