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!
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?
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!
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.
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!