Where will New Hampshire’s workforce live?
We need to make sure all of our systems are working as efficiently as possible as developers try to respond to market demand for more affordable housing.
Sponsors: Senators – Bob Giuda, Dan Feltes, Sharon Carson, David Watters, Jeb Bradley, Jeff Woodburn; Representatives – Dick Hinch, Ed Butler
- Property owners and housing developers who want to challenge local land use decisions face a costly and time-consuming process.
- Some developers simply forego attempts to develop in communities where they anticipate opposition.
- Others who take on that challenge often face years of litigation. Even if they prevail in court, the costs of litigation are only passed on to consumers through increased home purchase prices and rents.
How it will function:
- As an alternative to trial court, the Housing Appeals Board will be able to review local planning and zoning board decisions and will provide a faster and less expensive appeals for developers and property owners.
- The Board is specifically designed to have no impact on local control.
- It will consist of three members appointed by the Supreme Court for three-year terms.
- The Board will hear appeals of decisions by planning boards, zoning boards, and any other housing-related local permit or decision and the Board will have only those powers already exercised by superior court.
- Board will have concurrent, appellate jurisdiction with superior court to hear appeals. The choice is exclusive – appellant must decide between superior court and the Board.
- Appeals may only be brought by the applicant for a local permit; the municipality will be a party to the appeal; others with standing may be granted intervenor status
- The Board must hold a hearing within 90 days of the appeal, and must make a decision within 60 days after the hearing. Total = 150 days from appeal.
- Board decisions may be appealed to Supreme Court.
- Board members will be paid full-time employees and must have experience in land use law and/or housing development; at least one must be a lawyer and at least one must be a professional engineer or land surveyor.
Endorsements: Business and Industry Association; NH Homebuilders Association; NH Association of Realtors; Housing Action NH; and NH Planners Association
The New Hampshire Business Case for a Supportive Housing Services Benefit documents the cost savings that can be achieved by providing supportive housing services. Housing Action NH and the NH Coalition to End Homelessness worked with CSH to analyze the 2015 Medicaid claims data of NH residents experiencing homelessness. The analysis shows about 70% of individuals in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) are now enrolled in Medicaid, 4,296 people. The analysis suggests that increasing pre-tenancy and tenancy support services would have a significant positive impact in decreasing public costs for this population. State and federal savings for the top decile who received supportive services are $287,798. The full report is now available.
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.
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.
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.
SB146 diminishes barriers for homeowners seeking affordable housing options on their property through an attached ADU. If passed, it will help create critically needed housing, especially for:
– Seniors on fixed incomes or with health conditions
– People with disabilities
– Young professionals
NH’s supply of rental housing has reached a crisis point, with a statewide vacancy rate of less than 2%, coupled with higher demand than ever.
The bill passed the Legislature and now awaits the Governor’s action. Her office can be reached at 271-2121 or by web form.