New Hampshire gets almost $8 million to combat homelessness

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will receive $7.7 million in federal housing grants to support more than 50 programs that help the homeless, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Tuesday.

The funding going to New Hampshire is part of $2.2. billion in homeless grants aimed at supporting thousands of local homeless programs nationwide.

Earlier this month, HUD said that 1,400 people in New Hampshire experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2019, a decrease of 3.7% from 2018. Most of that group were found in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, while nearly 150 people were unsheltered, the report said.

The statistics also showed that the number of families with children experiencing homelessness decreased 5 percent from 2018. Homelessness among veterans, which has been decreasing since 2010, decreased 21 percent from 2018 in New Hampshire.

Known as HUD’s Continuum of Care grants, the $7.7 million for New Hampshire will go to groups on the front lines serving individuals and families that are homeless.

“This funding is critical to local New Hampshire programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets,” HUD New England Regional Administrator David Tille said in statement.

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