Source: United States Senator for New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen
February 14, 2020
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,148,000 in flexible funding for housing assistance for those who are in recovery from substance use disorder. The funding was secured through Shaheen’s efforts to boost federal appropriations authorized by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act in the government funding legislation that was signed into law in December. The funding will be administered by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority.
“Stable and secure housing is a necessity, especially for people in recovery from a drug dependency,” said Shaheen. “However, housing costs in New Hampshire are making it tougher to deliver shelter to those who are trying to get their lives back on track. I fought for this funding because we need more support in New Hampshire for Granite Staters struggling with substance use disorders. I look forward to seeing these funds be put to good use and will continue to fight for resources to address the substance use crisis and make sure the most vulnerable in our society have the stability that comes with affordable, supportive housing.”
“New Hampshire Housing remains committed to increasing the supply of supportive housing in our state for people in recovery. These new federal resources will provide an important tool to help make these important initiatives possible. We look forward to working with our partners to put these new funds to work,” said Dean Christon, Executive Director of New Hampshire Housing.
“The funding builds on our 35-year history of moving important projects forward to address New Hampshire’s most pressing housing needs. These targeted and flexible funds will fill a gap in the funding stack of supportive housing projects across the state, specifically we see them helping our partners cover initial occupancy costs, and allow long-term stable housing to be a platform for the success of individuals as they work toward and sustain their recovery. CDFA will maximize the newly committed state and all federal resources by focusing on integration across our program and creating customized solutions that deliver the most value to our partners. We are confident that New Hampshire will pilot a successful program that we hope will lead to continued funding to this important work,” said Katherine Easterly Martey, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority.