September 11, 2018

New Hampshire Delegation Announces More than $2.85 Million in Federal Grants to Address Veterans Homelessness, Support Veterans and their Families in Need of Housing Assistance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster today announced more than $2.85 million in federal Department of Veterans Affairs grants to address veterans homelessness and to support housing assistance for Granite State veterans and their families.

The funding will go toward two New Hampshire non-profit organizations, Veterans Inc. in Concord and Harbor Homes in Nashua, which provide a combination of housing, employment, and supportive services for veterans and their families. To learn more about Veterans Inc., click here. To learn more about Harbor Homes, click here

“Our veterans have sacrificed bravely in defense of our freedoms, and we must ensure that they have support they need to live healthy, productive lives, which includes access to safe, stable housing,” Senator Hassan said. “I am pleased to announce these grants that will support two organizations whose work is essential in giving our veterans, service members, and their families the support and resources they need - and deserve - to thrive in our economic and civic life."

“Our servicemen and women should always have access to stable, affordable housing when they come home,” Senator Shaheen said. “I am very pleased to announce this funding to address veteran homelessness in the greater Concord and Nashua areas to help individuals who are struggling to get back on their feet. For their service and sacrifice, our veterans deserve the best our country can provide to help them adjust when they return. I will continue to fight to ensure they have the resources necessary to live safe and healthy lives.”

“I am pleased that the VA has awarded significant funding to Veterans Inc. and Harbor Homes so that these organizations can continue providing essential services to veterans and their families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “We made a promise to those who have served, and we must honor it by ensuring that every veteran has stable housing. The VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program plays an important role in this effort, funding case management, heath care, child care, housing counseling, and other services that prevent veteran homelessness or help veterans find housing.”

“The men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country should not have to worry about basic needs like housing when they return to civilian life,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “I’m glad this funding for Harbor Homes and Veterans, Inc. will help ensure veterans and their families have the peace of mind that comes with a safe place to live. I will continue working to support veterans so they have access to the services and care they deserve.”

As Governor of New Hampshire, Senator Hassan worked with Harbor Homes on the Housing Choice Vouchers for Veterans Program to help veterans transition to permanent housing in the community, helping to open more beds to serve homeless veterans at Harbor Homes. In the Senate, Senator Hassan has continued her efforts to end veteran homelessness, including introducing bipartisan legislation to assist and empower women veterans, which included measures that will work to combat homelessness among women veterans. The Senator also cosponsored the Veteran Employment and Child Care Access Act, which would create a federal program to help ensure that veterans transitioning to civilian life can access affordable child care during their job seeking process, which is especially important for low-income veterans, those on the cusp of homelessness or those already homeless.