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.
Registration is open for the annual Economic and Housing Market Update, sponsored by NH Housing.
The conference takes place Wednesday, October 19, 8 am – 12 pm, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.
Douglas Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, will keynote. Click here for more details and registration.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!