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.
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.
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.
At the State House, Housing Action NH and our coalition members have been actively supporting the reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program and advocating for supportive housing for those with substance use disorders.
Good news came from the Obama Administration, which just proposed unprecedented new funding to help end family homelessness. In Congress, housing advocates cheered the unanimous passage of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA). HOTMA contains important efficiencies for federal housing programs.
Click here to read our February 2016 Update for details on these topics and more.
The Community Development Finance Authority, NH Housing, and the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services/NH DHHS, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Housing and Community Development Planning Council, has drafted a 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and a 2016 Action Plan for the proposed use of HUD funds to address community development, housing and homeless needs.
The Consolidated Plan identifies priority needs in these areas, while the Action Plan establishes the how those priorities will be addressed with HUD resources granted to the state in 2016.
The public comment period is open now through October 28 on the draft 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and draft 2016 Action Plan. Access drafts by clicking here. Comments may be emailed to email@example.com
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.