May 13, 2022

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) welcomed $23,347,272 in funding Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to support affordable housing for vulnerable Granite Staters. Funding supports a range of housing needs in New Hampshire, from addressing housing insecurity created by the pandemic to expanding quality housing options for people who are homeless or recovering from substance abuse .

“Skyrocketing housing prices and shrinking affordable housing stock continue to be a major concern for Granite Staters. Expanding access to quality housing has been especially critical during the pandemic, which has severely exacerbated housing insecurity across the state. Housing needs are particularly dire for Granite Staters struggling with other crises, such as homelessness or substance abuse, that have swept the state and the country,” said Senator Shaheen. “These grants totaling $23 million will make a real difference in providing safe, stable and affordable housing for families in need. I will continue to fight for funding and resources to ensure that every Granite Stater has a roof over their head.

“Expanding access to housing in New Hampshire will help both families and small businesses thrive, and the lack of affordable housing in New Hampshire has crippled our communities. This federal funding will support the construction of new housing and the creation of affordable rental and homeownership opportunities for Granite Staters. We need to do more to address the housing crisis in New Hampshire, however, and I will continue to work to secure additional funds to expand housing options in our state,” said Senator Hassan.

“Access to affordable, quality housing is critical to our state’s continued economic growth, and I’m thrilled to see these federal funds flowing to New Hampshire to bolster housing supply for low-income families. and medium”, said Representative Annie Kuster. “Importantly, these funds will also help those recovering from addiction find a safe place to live while they get back on their feet. I look forward to seeing the positive impact these resources will have on our communities and will continue to work to ensure that every Granite Stater has a safe place to call home.

“COVID-19 has exacerbated the affordable housing crisis in our state and has disproportionately affected our most vulnerable populations, including those on low incomes and those with addictions,” said Rep. Chris Pappas. “These grants come at a critical time as communities recover from the pandemic. I will continue to fight for vital funds like these to ensure that every Granite Stater has access to affordable housing.

Shaheen and Hassan fought to protect New Hampshire landlords and renters made vulnerable by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The US bailout backed by Shaheen and Hassan, passed in March 2021, provided nearly $50 billion for housing, including support for vulnerable tenants and landlords. This is on top of COVID-19 emergency relief legislation, backed by Shaheen and Hassan and signed into law in December, which provided $25 billion in emergency rental assistance.

A breakdown of HUD funding grants can be found below:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The CDBG program provides annual grants based on a formula to develop viable urban and rural communities. This funding will be used to provide quality housing and expand economic opportunities for individuals.











Recipient

Rising

New Hampshire State

$9,268,824

Dover

$301,396

Manchester

$1,694,165

Nashua

$645,484

Portsmouth

$523,706

Rochester

$245,875

Total:

$12,679,450

CDBG Recovery Housing Program (RHP)

The RHP helps provide stable transitional housing for people recovering from substance use disorders.





Recipient

Rising

New Hampshire State

$933,394

CDBG CV-3 (reassignments)

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act for CDBG program provided funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to housing insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.





Recipient

Rising

Nashua

$168,968

HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)

The HOME Investment Partnerships program helps expand the supply of quality, affordable housing for families by providing grants to fund programs that meet local needs and priorities.








Recipient

Rising

New Hampshire State

$4,105,334

Manchester

$804,644

Nashua

$579,304

Total:

$5,489,282

Housing Trust Fund (HTF)

The HTF provides annual grants to create and preserve affordable housing for very low and very low income households.





Recipient

Rising

New Hampshire State

$2,982,433

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The ESG program provides annual grants to help people find permanent and stable housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The program also provides funds for raising awareness and improving emergency homeless shelters.







Recipient

Rising

New Hampshire State

$944,463

Manchester

$149,284

Total:

$1,093,747

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