Agencies across New Hampshire take part in government funded programs to prevent homelessness and to rehouse families. They partner with resources such as the Continuum of Care as well as HUD to address these goals. Funds can be provided from the Emergency Solutions Grant program to pay rent, help with moving costs, or to also pay a portion of a security deposit. Tenants will also be provided with case management and self-sufficiency services.
Homeless prevention includes assistance for both people that rent their home or apartment as well as homeowners. New Hampshire addresses any form of housing that individuals may currently have. While in all cases they will try to offer pro-active advice and support to prevent a family from losing their home, unfortunately this is not always possible.
The currently homeless can participate in rapid re-housing. Communities across New Hampshire have put an emphasis on this, and it can be one of the keys to ending homelessness in towns and cities across the state. It uses a combination of case management and limited financial aid to achieve its goals.
Many families in the state are evicted or lost their home to foreclosure due to a one time, unexpected crisis. It may be a reduction in work hours, death of a primary wage earner, domestic issues, or say an unexpected expense such as a car repair. This then may cause someone to miss a rent or mortgage payment. Non-profits will offer counseling and case management to deal with these problems.
As that occurs, rapid rehousing will help the family get placed into temporary transitional housing or maybe a low income apartment. Whenever possible, there may be government funds issued as part of ESG in order to assist with the security deposits. Staff will also help the family locate an affordable home or apartment to live in.
During this entire period, housing specialists will partner with the family to ensure they continue to live independently and remain housed. The goal is to not see the person be evicted again, and then placed into a shelter somewhere in New Hampshire. So while assistance with paying a security or utility deposit or other expenses is not common, the guidance from a professional case worker can make a big difference in helping the individual remain stable.
Eviction and foreclosure prevention is another goal of the Continuum of Care, and in fact this is a higher priority. That resources, as well as the Emergency solutions grant program, is focused on keeping housing for at-risk households as well as people facing imminent homeless. The non-profits in New Hampshire will provide temporary financial assistance for paying rent, housing relocation (if needed), mediation and stabilization services. All of this, and more, is for low income qualified individuals and families who are facing eviction from their landlord.
As noted, there are other components to this program. Some of them include the following.
Outreach services are also available. A combination of case workers and volunteers from the state pro-actively seek out the homeless. They can guide them into nearby shelters, offer referrals to soup kitchens, and more. This will then lead into some of the rehousing services that are available in New Hampshire, as noted above.
Belknap and Merrimack Counties - Telephone (603) 225-3295
Anyone renting their home or facing a foreclosure can call for help. Grants for expenses such as a security deposit and other eviction advice may be provided.
Cheshire and Sullivan County region - (603) 352-7512
Coos, Carroll, Grafton - (603) 752-7001
Hillsborough and Rockingham and the Southern part of the state - (603) 668-8010
Strafford County - Phone number is 603-516-8153. Referrals and other support may be available.
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