NH is seeking more funding for rental subsidies

NH is seeking more funding for rental subsidies



$20 MILLION CAN BE ADDED THIS WINTER. THE EMERGENCY RESIDENCE OFFICE SAYS IT HELPS ABOUT 2 TO 3000 PEOPLE EVERY WEEK. MAJORITY OF THIS FUNDING COMES FROM THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM THAT WILL BE RUNNING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AT THE END OF THE YEAR. BUT NOW A NEW PROPOSAL TO SPEND 20 MILLION MORE TO EXTEND THE PROGRAM THROUGH WINTER FOR THOSE LIVING IN HOTELS AND MOTELS. THIS IS POPULATION THAT IS PROPOSED AND THE SITUATION IS OBVIOUSLY ON. BUT THE $20 MILLION WOULD PAY FOR ROOMS FOR SINGLE, COUPLES BY APRIL AND FOR FAMILIES BY JUNE. THE OFFICE SAYS TRYING TO APPLY A LOOSE CAP OF $200 PER NIGHT TO THE COST OF THE ROOM. IT WAS ALSO ASKED FOR $3 MILLION FOR HOUSING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND THE FIVE STATE COMMUNITY ACTIONS TO WORK WITH THOSE INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM TO FIND PERMANENT HOUSING AND OTHER RESOURCES SUCH AS FUEL AND ENERGY SUPPORT. WE COMBINE AND USE ALL THESE RESOURCES IN A WAY TO PUT PEOPLE IN THE BEST POSSIBLE SITUATION. THE STATE HAS REQUESTED US$100 MILLION FROM THE US TREASURY FOR MORE RENT ASSISTANCE. SO FAR THE FEDERAL FEDERATION HAS 4 MILLION. PROMISED. ON AVERAGE, THE PROGRAM RUNS 5 MILLION PER WEEK. BUT THIS STUFF IS REAL, IT GIVES US MUCH MORE A PILLOW DURING THIS PERIOD. TODAY THE COMMITTEE APPROVED FUNDING BUT THIS WAS JUST THE FIRST STEP. FURTHER APPROVAL IS REQUIRED BEFORE HELPING ANYONE IN THE PROGRAM IS GUARANTEED

NH is seeking more funding for rental subsidies

In the past year and a half, 25,000 people in New Hampshire have applied for rent assistance, but federal funding for the program expires next month.

In the past year and a half, 25,000 people in New Hampshire have applied for rent assistance, but federal funding for the program expires next month.

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