New Manchester Emergency Shelter to Become Reality with $750,000 in Funding

New Hampshire Housing Board approves funding for Families in Transition project

A plan for a new shelter for homeless families in Manchester moved another step forward. New Hampshire Housing’s Board of Directors approved $750,000 in funding for the Manchester Emergency Shelter, a Families in Transition sponsored project that will convert the former Manchester Community Resource Center building on Lake Avenue into 12 emergency family housing units and an area for services.  The funding was from New Hampshire Housing’s Special Needs Housing program, which finances projects serving populations that need more intense services than are typically provided in traditional housing.

The Manchester Emergency Shelter will offer private bathrooms for residents, a Head Start daycare program through Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc., a health clinic operated by Mobile Community Health Team, a food pantry with commercial kitchen, and an intake center. New Hampshire Housing’s portion of funding will be used for the housing elements of the project.

“To have the financial support from New Hampshire Housing really helps to propel our project forward,” said Maureen Beauregard, Families in Transition Founder and President. “Getting kids off of the streets and out of sleeping in cars and into a warm, safe shelter where they can also access healthcare and nutritious meals while their parents look for a more permanent housing solution is something that the community truly needs.”

“Families in Transition has spoken often about the need for a facility of this type in Manchester,” said Dean Christon, Executive Director of New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. “We are pleased to play a role in their vision and to support the creation of safe and affordable housing for families in need.”

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  1. prcockrell

     /  January 6, 2014

    Marvelous. Good work, especially with Maureen and FIT. john

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