Homelessness is expected to increase in NH in the winter

DO HELP. KELLY WELL WAYPOINT HAS THE ONLY TEENAGE SHELTER IN THIS STATE THAT OPENED THREE WEEKS AGO AND LAST NIGHT ALL ITS BEDS WERE FILLED. THE PROPERTY WILL OPEN DUE TO HIGH NEED. PROGRAM DIRECTOR SARAH JONES SAYS THE STATE EXPECTS THAT 14,000 YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 24 WILL EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS THIS YEAR. THE SHELTER PROVIDES A BED AND RESOURCES FOR AWAKENED AND HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE. WAYPOINT ALSO OFFERS SERVICES FOR FAMILIES. IT SAYS THIS YEAR FAMILIES WORRY ABOUT TWO THINGS: THE COST OF THEIR UTILITIES AND THEIR RENT. FEDERAL EMERGENCY RENTAL FUNDS IN THE COUNTRY ARE EXPIRING NEXT MONTH. AND IT EXPECTS THAT MORE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN WILL NEED YOUR SERVICES MORE THAN EVER. MANY OF THESE FAMILIES PLACED UNDER THIS PROGRAM WILL SOON BE RESIDENTS AND THEN THEY WILL HAVE TO PLACE WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS. AND THEN THIS PUTTS YOUR RENTAL AT DANGER AND, YOU KNOW, THE RISK OF eviction. SO WE HAVE MANY FAMILIES which I think will certainly increase the number of homeless people. NOW WAYPOINT SAYS IT OFFERS RESOURCES TO PEOPLE IN THE STATE. IT SAYS THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT IS IF YOU JUST CALL. WE MAKE SURE WE HAVE THIS PHONE NUMBER AND OTHER INFORMATION

Homelessness in New Hampshire is expected to increase in the winter

Rising costs could force more people out of their homes, advocates say

As temperatures drop, New Hampshire advocacy groups say homelessness could increase due to high rent, fuel and gas costs. The non-profit organization Waypoint provides a variety of resources to families in New Hampshire. Caseworker Lisa Anderson said this year she’s been hearing more concerns about rising prices from the families she works with. Appliance costs are skyrocketing. and the federal government’s emergency rent relief aid expires next month in New Hampshire. Anderson said that because of that, she expects to see more families without homes this winter and that puts their tenancy at risk and risk of eviction, so we have a lot of families that I think will certainly increase the homeless population,” Anderson said. Waypoint also operates the only youth home in the state. Anderson said it opened three weeks ago and all 14 beds are occupied. State officials said there are expected to be 14,000 homeless youth this year.

As temperatures drop, New Hampshire advocacy groups say homelessness could increase due to high rent, fuel and gas costs.

The non-profit organization Waypoint provides a variety of resources to families in New Hampshire. Caseworker Lisa Anderson said she’s heard more concerns about rising prices this year from the families she works with.

Appliance costs are skyrocketing. and the federal government’s emergency rent relief aid expires next month in New Hampshire. Anderson said that’s why she expects to see more homeless families this winter.

“Many of these families that have been placed under this program will soon be without shelter and then they will have to go with family or friends and that puts their tenancy at risk and risk of eviction, so we have a lot of families I think will increase the number of homeless for sure,” Anderson said.

Waypoint also operates the state’s only youth center. Anderson said it opened three weeks ago and all 14 beds are occupied. State officials said there are expected to be 14,000 homeless youth this year.

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