Overall Homelessness in NH on the Decline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2016

For more information, media only, contact: Cathy Kuhn, PhD – 603-641-9441 ext. 251

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(PHOTO) NH COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS RELEASES THE 2016 REPORT ON HOMELESSNESS IN NH After decreasing marginally from 2014 to 2015, progress is once again being made to significantly reduce overall homelessness in New Hampshire; including ending homelessness among the chronically homeless and among veterans. The full report can be viewed at www.nhceh.org/Report.

Overall Homelessness in NH on the Decline

NH Coalition to End Homelessness Releases its 2016 Report on Homelessness in New Hampshire.

MANCHESTER, NH – The NH Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) released its 2016 report on the State of Homelessness in New Hampshire on December 15. Using economic, demographic and homeless census data, the 2016 State of Homelessness in New Hampshire report examines homelessness in the state between 2014 and 2016.

After a few years of marginal declines, the overall number of people experiencing homelessness dropped in 2016, including among several key subpopulations. Over the past year, New Hampshire has made significant efforts towards creating new systems of service that focus on targeting available resources to those most in need, which may have in part contributed to the recent progress.

“Research consistently shows that combining affordable housing with tenancy support services and care coordination can help those with the greatest challenges to live with stability and wellness,” said Cathy Kuhn, PhD, Director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness.

As highlighted in the report, some of the factors pointing to improving conditions for New Hampshire’s homeless population include:

While many indicators in the report show improving conditions for the state’s homeless population, some factors point to areas of continued concern, including:

“Despite the progress that has been made, far too many men, women and children are becoming homeless and face extremely long waitlists for assistance,” Kuhn said. “Ending homelessness in New Hampshire will require additional investment and renewed commitment to the creation of a robust housing stock capable of meeting the needs of all segments of the state’s diverse population.”

The full report can be read and downloaded at www.nhceh.org/Report.

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 report, visit www.nhceh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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