CONDITIONS REMAIN POOR FOR NH HOMELESS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 20, 2012

For more information, contact: Cathy Kuhn, PhD – 603-641-9441 extension 251

NH Coalition to End Homelessness releases its inaugural report on homelessness in NH.

MANCHESTER, NH – The NH Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) has released its inaugural report on the state of homelessness in New Hampshire.  Using economic, demographic, and other indicators, the report summarizes how conditions in NH have changed between 2009 and 2012.  Modeled after the State of Homelessness in America report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the purpose of the report is to increase awareness and understanding about current and future trends in homelessness.  It concludes that, while NH is often perceived as fairing much better economically than other states, NH citizens continue to struggle with maintaining housing during the recent tough economic times.

The report combines visual indicators in the form of maps and tables, as well as narrative, to highlight some of the notable changes in homelessness over the past three years.  The report finds, for example, that nine out of the ten New Hampshire counties saw their homeless population rise since 2010.  In analyzing possible reasons for this increase, the report notes that poor households’ income has decreased in recent years, which in turn forces those households to spend more of their income on rent, making them more susceptible to homelessness.

“Enormous amounts of information on homelessness is collected and reported each year by various institutions,” said Maureen Beauregard, President of the NH Coalition to End Homelessness.  “Reporting on this information, however, is often fragmented, making it difficult to use the information to make important decisions.  This report aims to end that fragmentation, and provide the community with a comprehensive report on the state of homelessness that is specific to NH.”

The full report can be read and downloaded at www.nhceh.org/2012-State-of-Homelessness-in-NH.

The NH Coalition to End Homelessness is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of eliminating the causes of homelessness through advocacy, education and community organizing. For more information about the NHCEH or the report, visit www.nhceh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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