Now accepting grant applications for Emerging Opportunities Program

Funding available for nonprofits to improve structure, expand services

New Hampshire-based nonprofits who are engaged in affordable housing activities may be eligible for grant funding through New Hampshire Housing’s Emerging Opportunities Program. The program encourages and supports innovative new initiatives related to affordable housing and is now accepting applications.

Initiatives must be directly related to an improvement in an organization’s structure, leading to long term sustainability of the organization, a substantial expansion of existing services, or the addition of new services. Funds cannot be used for the construction of new affordable housing. Organizations that apply must be nonprofit and have as their primary mission the development of, or advocacy for, housing in New Hampshire that serves very-low to moderate income households.

Applications must be received by end of business on Monday, March 28. Funding decisions will be approved by the New Hampshire Housing Board of Directors.

More details about the program and application requirements can be found at www.nhhfa.org under the “What’s New” section. For more information regarding the Emerging Opportunities Grant Program, please e-mail George Reagan at greagan@nhhfa.org.

HOMEteam Receives $50,000 in Funding to Expand to Lakes Region

Grant from New Hampshire Housing’s Emerging Opportunities Program will boost homeownership education efforts

From left: Stuart LaSalle, Finance Director, Laconia Area Community Land Trust; Paul McLaughlin, Manager, HOMEteam; Rosemary Heard, President, CATCH Neighborhood Housing; Robert Tourigny, Executive Director, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire; Dean Christon, Executive Director, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

From left: Stuart LaSalle, Finance Director, Laconia Area Community Land Trust; Paul McLaughlin, Manager, HOMEteam; Rosemary Heard, President, CATCH Neighborhood Housing; Robert Tourigny, Executive Director, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire; Dean Christon, Executive Director, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

HOMEteam, a nonprofit membership organization that provides New Hampshire residents with homebuyer and financial education, is expanding its services to the Lakes Region with a $50,000 grant from New Hampshire Housing’s Emerging Opportunities Program. The Emerging Opportunities Program makes grants to encourage and support innovative new initiatives by nonprofit organizations engaged in affordable housing.

The grant will be used to provide seed support so that HOMEteam, which currently consists of NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire in Manchester and CATCH Neighborhood Housing in Concord, can add Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) to their collaborative. LACLT offers a HUD-certified counseling program and is the only organization to provide these types of services in the Lakes Region. The addition of LACLT to HOMEteam will ensure the continuation of LACLT’s homeownership counseling program by increasing shared financial and staff resources and creating a more streamlined approach to delivering their services. LACLT serves 19 cities and towns.

“This grant from New Hampshire Housing is pivotal to bringing Laconia Area Community Land Trust into the HOMEteam collaboration, extending HOMEteam’s reach in New Hampshire and ensuring the continuation of quality homeownership education and counseling services for residents of the Lakes Region,” said Robert Tourigny, Executive Director of NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire, the lead agency for HOMEteam.   “We are pleased that LACLT is joining this effective partnership, and appreciate New Hampshire Housing’s role in making it happen.”

“The need for housing support and education in the Lakes Region is critical, and HOMEteam will bring a wealth of experience and resources to support the homebuyers and homeowners of the region,” said Rosemary Heard, President of CATCH Neighborhood Housing, one of the original HOMEteam partner agencies.  “HOMEteam was created with the intent to partner with housing counseling agencies across the state, and I am delighted that LACLT is the first to partner with us. “

“The goal of our Emerging Opportunities program is to support innovative efforts in affordable housing that will ultimately benefit Granite State residents and provide more of the resources they need to be successful,” said Dean Christon, Executive Director of New Hampshire Housing. “Given LACLT’s successful track record of offering critical homebuyer and homeowner services, we are pleased to support this initiative to expand and streamline homebuyer education in the Lakes Region.”

“We are very grateful to receive this Emerging Opportunities grant to support our transition to HOMEteam,” said Linda Harvey, Executive Director of LACLT. “LACLT is proud of our quality services that have significant impact on our region. While the demand remains high, it has become increasingly challenging to fund and manage the counseling program.  HOMEteam provides a unique opportunity to share resources and efficiencies in order to continue and enhance services. We are very excited to join this partnership.”

To date, over 2,000 people have taken free classes at LACLT’s Homebuyer and Financial Success Center; nearly 300 families have purchased homes totaling $46.6 million dollars; and 186 homeowners have avoided foreclosure through LACLT programs. 

About HOMEteam: HOMEteam is an independent organization dedicated to providing consumers with objective tools and information that will help them prepare for and protect their biggest investment – their home. Through a series of free workshops, one-on-one counseling, and other resources, HOMEteam helps first time home buyers navigate the mortgage process, renters save for home ownership, and home owners preserve and protect their investment in their home.

Local Homeownership Education Organizations Receive Over $14,000 in Grants

New Hampshire Housing’s Partners in Homeownership Education program recognizes The Housing Partnership and the HOMEteam

The Housing Partnership and the HOMEteam received a boost to their homeownership education efforts thanks to grants through New Hampshire Housing’s Partners in Homeownership Education program. The Housing Partnership received just over $4,400, and the HOMEteam received $10,000. The funding will be used to defray the costs incurred in providing homebuyer counseling and education.

Partners in Homeownership Education is a new initiative by New Hampshire Housing designed to support high-quality homebuyer counseling and education and to advise buyers on how to identify and use safe, affordable mortgage programs. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process. Nonprofits that have shown a proven track record of effective homebuyer education were invited to participate in this inaugural application round. Grant funds can be used for equipment and other capital improvements needed to enhance an organization’s homebuyer education program.

“The Housing Partnership and the HOMEteam have shown great dedication in providing homebuyers with the knowledge they need to successfully navigate the complexities of the homebuying process,” said Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director, Homeownership Division at New Hampshire Housing. “We’re proud to be able to give them these grants so they can continue their valuable work.”

From left: Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director, Homeownership Division, New Hampshire Housing; Robert Tourigny, Executive Director, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire; Paul McLaughlin, Manager of HOMEteam and Homeownership Manager, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire; Andrew Cadorette, Program Manager, Homeownership Programs, New Hampshire Housing

From left: Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director, Homeownership Division, New Hampshire Housing; Robert Tourigny, Executive Director, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire; Paul McLaughlin, Manager of HOMEteam and Homeownership Manager, NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire; Andrew Cadorette, Program Manager, Homeownership Programs, New Hampshire Housing

From left: Renee Woodard, Deputy Director, The Housing Partnership; Marty Chapman, Executive Director, The Housing Partnership; Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director, Homeownership Division, New Hampshire Housing; Andrew Cadorette, Program Manager, Homeownership Programs, New Hampshire Housing

From left: Renee Woodard, Deputy Director, The Housing Partnership; Marty Chapman, Executive Director, The Housing Partnership; Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director, Homeownership Division, New Hampshire Housing; Andrew Cadorette, Program Manager, Homeownership Programs, New Hampshire Housing

AHEAD Receives $5,000 Grant for Homeownership Education Efforts

From left: Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director, Homeownership Division, New Hampshire Housing; Matt Manning, Homeownership Director, AHEAD; Mike Claflin, Executive Director, AHEAD; Andrew Cadorette, Program Manager, Homeownership Programs, New Hampshire Housing

From left: Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director, Homeownership Division, New Hampshire Housing; Matt Manning, Homeownership Director, AHEAD; Mike Claflin, Executive Director, AHEAD; Andrew Cadorette, Program Manager, Homeownership Programs, New Hampshire Housing

Grant provided through New Hampshire Housing’s Partners in Homeownership Education program

AHEAD received a boost to their homeownership education efforts thanks to a $5,000 grant through New Hampshire Housing’s Partners in Homeownership Education program. The grant will be used to help cover the costs incurred in providing homebuyer counseling and education.

Partners in Homeownership Education is a new initiative by New Hampshire Housing designed to support high-quality homebuyer counseling and education and to advise buyers on how to identify and use safe, affordable mortgage programs. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded through a competitive application process. Nonprofits that have shown a proven track record of effective homebuyer education were invited to participate in this inaugural application round. Grant funds can be used for equipment and other capital improvements needed to enhance an organization’s homebuyer education program.

“AHEAD has shown great dedication in providing North Country homebuyers with the knowledge they need to successfully navigate the complexities of the homebuying process,” said Ignatius MacLellan, Managing Director, Homeownership Division at New Hampshire Housing. “We’re proud to be able to give AHEAD this grant so they can continue their valuable work.”