Archive for July, 2015

July 2015 News & Legislative Update

The state legislative year wound up June 30, and housing advocates celebrated several accomplishments, including a state capital appropriation for the Affordable Housing Fund, passage of lead paint legislation, improved access to driver’s licenses for the homeless, restoration of the Emergency Shelter program in the operating budget (now vetoed) and the defeat of proposed increases to required rental deposits. Given the veto, homeless funding advocates will need to re-engage in the fall. Details on these topics, federal updates, new housing-related reports and event information can be found here.

Recommendations to Preserve Rural Development 515 Properties

Properties in NH are in the first wave of expiring USDA Rural Development mortgages under the 515 Direct Loan program that keep rentals affordable in dozens of NH communities. Housing Action NH, working with its regional partners in the New England Housing Network, shared policy recommendations with USDA, federal appropriators, the New England congressional delegation and the White House on steps to preserve 515 properties. The letter can be found here.

BIA of NH Housing Forum 

Friday, September 11

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Radisson Hotel, Manchester

Luncheon and panel discussion on housing in NH. Topics include: the impact of housing on hiring; how the cost and availability of housing affects young working professionals’ decisions on where to locate; examples of ways housing advocates and the business community are working together to improve housing availability and affordability; what’s happening at the local and regional level to plan for new housing starts; and a 30,000-foot review of housing challenges in the Granite State. The forum is sponsored by New Hampshire Housing, and in partnership with Housing Action NH and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast. Find more details and registration here.

Housing Summit

Friday, October 16

8 am – 4 pm

New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College

Hosted by the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families and the Bipartisan Policy Center. More information will be available at the Foundation’s site.

Home Matters in NH – In Pictures

What’s the housing affordability gap in NH? How many need more affordable housing in the Granite State? How are affordable homes created in NH, and what’s the economic impact when we do? Find a quick set of facts and data about affordable housing in NH by clicking here!