Homeless youth in the state will get a big boost of support.

U.S. senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) along with U.S. representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the recent announcement that New Hampshire will receive $3,412,971 to combat youth homelessness.

Specifically, the funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program to two recipients: the New Hampshire Balance of State Continuum of Care, which will receive $2,209,513, and the Manchester Continuum of Care, which will receive $1,203,458.

Recipients can use the funding to support rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing and transitional housing, and to fund innovative programs, such as host homes. The recipients will work with youth advisory boards, child welfare agencies and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness.

In addition, they will participate in a program evaluation to inform the federal effort to combat youth homelessness going forward.

“No child in New Hampshire should ever have to experience homelessness,” Shaheen said. “Sadly, it’s estimated that approximately 15,000 young people will experience some form of homelessness this year in our state. This housing emergency demands meaningful action and these federal funds will support efforts in Manchester and throughout New Hampshire to provide vulnerable young people with the secure, stable and supportive housing they urgently need.”

Hassan said the pandemic has exacerbated many inequities in society and the economy including the problem of youth homelessness.

“As we grapple with the challenges of recovering from the pandemic, rebuilding our economy, and working to regain a sense of normalcy, this funding will go a long way in helping alleviate the unique challenges faced by a particularly vulnerable population, helping our young people find shelter and a safe harbor,” Hassan said.

Kuster and Pappas agreed every Granite State resident should have a roof over their head.

“These federal funds heading to New Hampshire to combat youth homelessness are critical to addressing the homelessness crisis which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kuster said.

Pappas added the funding will help all community partners ensure those most in need will have a safe place to live.

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