(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the Oasis Teen Shelter and Support Center in Claremont will receive $199,966 to combat youth homelessness in Sullivan County.
Specifically, the funding will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Transitional Living Program to the Claremont Learning Partnership, which operates the Oasis Teen Shelter and Support Center. In addition to supporting its residential transition program, the funding will bolster staffing and services provided by the Center, such as employment assistance and educational support, and will strengthen efforts to address youth homelessness in Sullivan County.
“Youth homelessness is a major issue in New Hampshire that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Without secure and stable housing, young people are more susceptible to physical and mental abuse, substance use disorders, exploitation and a host of other serious harms that can have long-lasting consequences,” said Senator Shaheen. “I applaud the Claremont Learning Partnership for their work to support vulnerable young people, and this federal funding will help make a real difference in the fight against youth homelessness in Sullivan County. Every Granite Stater deserves to have a roof over their heads, and I’ll keep fighting in the Senate for resources to make that goal a reality.”
“The newly opened Oasis shelter in Claremont is a safe space for teenagers and young adults to live when they’re facing heartbreaking challenges that force them to leave their home, and I am so pleased that this shelter is receiving federal funding to support these young people,” Senator Hassan said. “I will continue to work with the delegation to secure federal resources to help put at-risk youth on the path to success.”
“Young Granite Staters should not have to worry about having a roof over their head or food on the table – but for far too many in New Hampshire, that is their reality,” said Representative Kuster. “I’m pleased to see the Oasis Teen Shelter and Support Center in Claremont receive these federal funds to support teens and young adults in need, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. I will continue working to combat homelessness and expand access to resources in New Hampshire.”