Kuster Joins New Hampshire Summit To End Veteran Homelessness
Henniker, June 28, 2023
**Kuster played a critical role in securing federal funding and support to open Boulder Point Veterans Housing in Plymouth**
Henniker, N.H. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) participated in the NH Summit to End Veteran Homelessness, hosted by Harbor Care Veterans FIRST and New England College. The Summit is a collaboration between local, state, and federal leaders and assesses the state of veteran homelessness in New Hampshire and the impact of federal funding and the national public health emergency. During the Summit, Kuster spoke with veterans and local organizations about steps Congress can take to address veteran suicide, support our service members, and ensure they have the tools needed to thrive.
“Our veterans sacrifice so much for our country – it’s essential that we support them when they return home,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “That includes providing safe, quality, affordable housing for service members and their families. This is an issue I’ve been focused on throughout my time in Congress. I’ve been proud to increase funding for the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, which makes projects like Boulder Point Veterans Housing in Plymouth possible. While we have made important progress, more work remains. Today’s Summit was a key opportunity to discuss how we can end veteran homelessness, address veteran suicide rates, and deliver for our service members and their families.”
“As New Hampshire seeks to become just the fourth state to effectively end veteran homelessness, it takes leadership at all levels of government achieve and maintain such a milestone,” said Henry Och, President and CEO of Harbor Care. “We are thrilled to have Congresswoman Kuster’s commitment to such an important endeavor.”
The daughter of a World War II veteran and prisoner of war, Kuster takes advocating for our service members personally. She worked to secure an additional $52 million in funding for the Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, $2 million from the FY20 spending package and $50 million from the FY23 spending package, which provided vouchers for Boulder Point Veterans Housing in Plymouth, N.H.
Kuster also pushed to prevent the closing of the Littleton CBOC and to provide $5 million to the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program as part of the FY23 funding package. She co-sponsored the Affordable Housing for Homeless Veterans Act to increase the number of affordable housing options to help reduce the recent uptick in veteran homelessness.