NH Delegation Announces More Than $39.5 Million to Support Affordable Housing for Granite Staters
Washington, DC, August 10, 2020
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire, as well as housing authorities and agencies throughout the state, will receive $39,568,585 in federal funding allocated as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support affordable housing for vulnerable Granite Staters during the COVID-19 crisis. Of these funds:
Funding in this announcement comes in addition to $11.7 million in federal funding that was awarded in April to assist New Hampshire’s vulnerable homeless population and to address other local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as $3.6 million in CARES Act funds the New Hampshire congressional delegation announced in May to support affordable housing for Granite Staters impacted by this pandemic.
“With the expiration of New Hampshire’s eviction moratorium, many vulnerable Granite Staters, including seniors, people with disabilities and working families, risk losing their homes with nowhere to go. Homelessness is a serious problem that has grown exponentially worse from the fallout of COVID-19,” said Senator Shaheen. “These federal funds help bolster and expand access to affordable housing in regions throughout our state. While I am pleased that these federal grants have been awarded, so much more must be done in order to protect those most at risk in our society and prevent the looming foreclosure and eviction crisis our nation faces. Congress must provide housing assistance and protections for vulnerable families, and I will do everything in my power to ensure this priority is met in any potential COVID-19 relief package.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the housing crisis in New Hampshire and across the country, and with the expiration of the eviction moratorium, many Granite Staters, including the elderly and those who experience disabilities, are in danger of losing their homes,” said Senator Hassan. “This federal funding will help support people whose housing has been jeopardized by the COVID-19 pandemic, and I will keep pushing to include rent relief in the next COVID-19 response legislation.”
“No one should have to worry about losing their home and not having a safe place to live, especially during a pandemic, but that is the grim reality many Granite Staters face,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “COVID-19 has worsened the housing crisis, and with the expiration of New Hampshire’s eviction moratorium, many families are struggling. This federal funding will improve access to affordable housing in our state and help those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Congress must take further action to prevent evictions and foreclosures, and I will continue working to ensure those at risk of losing their housing — especially vulnerable Granite Staters — have the resources and support they need to get through the COVID-19 crisis.”
“As many families across New Hampshire struggle to make ends meet, this additional federal support for affordable housing could not have come at a more important time,” said Congressman Pappas. “This additional CARES Act funding will help meet the housing needs of New Hampshire families, and I will continue to work alongside the rest of the federal delegation to address our state’s urgent housing challenges.”
Breakdown of HUD housing grants
New Hampshire housing authorities and agencies will receive a total of $39,568,585 through grants administered by HUD. Here is a breakdown of how HUD will award the funds:
Breakdown of HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program Grants for NH Housing Authorities and Agencies
The New Hampshire Congressional delegation have worked to protect Granite State homeowners and renters left vulnerable by the public health emergency. Last month, Shaheen sent a letter to HUD, calling on the agency to expedite the release of $4 billion of CARES Act funding for emergency housing. Shaheen also recently sent a bipartisan letter with Senator Hassan to Senate leadership urging a fix for a “maximum allotment” provision that limits the amount of CARES Act relief funds that can be awarded to smaller states through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. These funds are used by Community Action Programs (CAPs) to help combat homelessness and address housing needs. Shaheen also called on HUD to address concerns she heard from New Hampshire housing officials and advocates earlier this month regarding CDBG-CV funding and guidance. In addition, Shaheen and Hassan are cosponsors of the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020, legislation that would establish an Emergency Rental Assistance program to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help families and individuals pay their rent and remain housed during and after the COVID-19 crisis.