Leaders Convene at Symposium to Discuss Ways to End Homelessness in the Granite State

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August 25, 2017
For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – 603-641-9441 ext. 239

IMG 9981: DIRECTOR OF NH COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS LEADS DISCUSSION AT INAUGURAL NH SYMPOSIUM ON HOMELESS PLANNING, COLLABORATION, AND COMMUNICATION. Leaders from twenty-two organizations from nearly all New Hampshire Counties gathered recently to explore ways in which an organized statewide network can enhance collaboration, communication and coordination among the various planning bodies working to end homelessness in New Hampshire.

IMG 0013: REGIONAL LEADERS IN HOMELESS SERVICES FIELD GATHER. Leaders from eight of ten New Hampshire Counties gather at inaugural event coordinated by the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) and Housing Action New Hampshire gathered to discuss timely statewide initiatives, regional trends and promising practices in addressing homelessness. Pictured are (l. to r.) Maureen Beauregard,  Families in Transition; Lucy Hewitt, NHCEH; Barry Quimby, Center for Life Management NH; Elissa Margolin, Housing Action New Hampshire; Lauren Berman, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County; Bob Mack, Nahua Welfare Department; Mary Sliney, The Way Home; and pictured from the back, Sara Tracy, Bridge House/Veterans Advocacy.

LEADERS CONVENE AT SYMPOSIUM TO DISCUSS WAYS TO END HOMELESSNESS IN THE GRANITE STATE

Nearly All New Hampshire Counties Represented


CONCORD, NH –
Leaders in the field of homeless services from around the state assembled recently at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH, for the inaugural NH Symposium on Homeless Planning, Collaboration and Communication. The symposium was organized by the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) in collaboration with Housing Action NH to explore ways in which an organized statewide network can enhance collaboration, communication and coordination among the various planning bodies working to end homelessness in New Hampshire.

“It’s essential that we harness the power of our collective strength and voice to ensure that we have the greatest possible impact on solving this issue in New Hampshire,” said NHCEH Director, Cathy Kuhn, PhD. “Increasing our communication and collaboration at the statewide level allows us to more fully understand regional concerns while at the same time identify opportunities to scale innovations that are working to end homelessness in our state.”

Attendees discussed timely statewide initiatives, regional trends and promising practices in addressing homelessness. Regional leaders had the opportunity to network, share resources, and identify ways in which their collective voice can enhance understanding of homelessness and support for homeless services in NH.  Eight of NH’s ten counties were represented, as well as 22 organizations and planning groups working in homeless services.

Over the next year, members of this statewide network will work to identify and document regional challenges and innovations, and will create a plan to strengthen and unify messaging about the issue of homelessness in New Hampshire.   “New Hampshire is a state that places great value in our ability to work together and come up with collaborative and innovative solutions to problems.   This new statewide network will provide regional leaders the infrastructure needed to support each other’s work and enhance our vision and impact at the statewide level,” said Kuhn.

The NH Coalition to End Homelessness is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of eliminating the causes of homelessness through research, education, and advocacy.  For more information about the NHCEH and the NH Symposium on Homeless Planning, Collaboration and Communication, visit www.nhceh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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