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Table of Contents Executive Summary... 1 ES-05 Executive Summary (c), (b)... 1 The Process... 4 PR-05 Lead & Responsible Agencies 24 CFR (b)... 4 PR-15 Citizen Participation , (c) Needs Assessment NA-05 Overview NA-10 Housing Needs Assessment - 24 CFR (a,b,c) NA-15 Disproportionately Greater Need: Housing Problems (b)(2) NA-20 Disproportionately Greater Need: Severe Housing Problems (b)(2) NA-25 Disproportionately Greater Need: Housing Cost Burdens (b)(2) NA-30 Disproportionately Greater Need: Discussion (b)(2) NA-35 Public Housing (Optional) NA-40 Homeless Needs Assessment (c) NA-45 Non-Homeless Special Needs Assessment (b,d) NA-50 Non-Housing Community Development Needs (f) Housing Market Analysis MA-05 Overview MA-10 Number of Housing Units (a) MA-15 Cost of Housing (a) MA-20 Condition of Housing (a) MA-25 Public and Assisted Housing (Optional) MA-30 Homeless Facilities (b) Consolidated Plan OMB Control No: (exp. 07/31/2015) NEW HAMPSHIRE MA-35 Special Needs Facilities and Services (c) MA-40 Barriers to Affordable Housing (d) MA-45 Non-Housing Community Development Assets (f) MA-50 Needs and Market Analysis Discussion Strategic Plan SP-05 Overview SP-10 Geographic Priorities (a)(1) SP-25 Priority Needs (a)(2) SP-30 Influence of Market Conditions (b) SP-50 Public Housing Accessibility and Involvement (c) SP-55 Barriers to affordable housing (h) SP-60 Homelessness Strategy (d) SP-65 Lead based paint Hazards (i) SP-70 Anti-Poverty Strategy (j) SP-80 Monitoring Expected Resources AP-15 Expected Resources (c)(1,2) Annual Goals and Objectives AP-25 Allocation Priorities (d) AP-30 Methods of Distribution (d)&(k) AP-35 Projects (Optional) AP-38 Project Summary AP-40 Section 108 Loan Guarantee (k)(1)(ii) AP-45 Community Revitalization Strategies (k)(1)(ii) AP-50 Geographic Distribution (f) Consolidated Plan OMB Control No: (exp. 07/31/2015) NEW HAMPSHIRE Affordable Housing AP-55 Affordable Housing 24 CFR (g) AP-60 Public Housing - 24 CFR (j) AP-65 Homeless and Other Special Needs Activities (h) AP-75 Barriers to affordable housing (i) AP-85 Other Actions (j) Program Specific Requirements Consolidated Plan OMB Control No: (exp. 07/31/2015) NEW HAMPSHIRE Executive Summary ES-05 Executive Summary (c), (b) 1. Introduction New Hampshire s Consolidated Plan is developed by the Housing and Community Development Council, which was established by Executive Order and is staffed by New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, New Hampshire Housing, and the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services. In order to receive allocations of Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, and Emergency Solutions Grant funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the state is required to submit a Consolidated Plan. Among other things, the plan must assess the state s housing, homeless, and community development needs, establish priority needs, and explain how they will be addressed with HUD and other funding. This Consolidated Plan covers calendar years A lot has changed in New Hampshire since our last five year Consolidated Plan was written in Readers of the last Consolidated Plan will likely notice a significant change in format. This edition is designed for electronic submission and retrieval, favoring space-limited text boxes and self-populating data tables over the longer narratives, charts and maps that made up previous editions. New Hampshire s housing market has changed quite a bit as well. Our last writing found home prices declining for the third year in a row, foreclosures at a five year high, and rental costs stabilizing. Currently, housing prices are increasing, especially for new construction, foreclosures are showing a steady decline, and rental costs are trending higher after a brief flattening. Although homelessness remains a significant problem in New Hampshire, changes in resource allocation and utilization driven by the passage of the HEARTH Act has put greater emphasis on the prevention of homelessness through coordinated assessment, rapid re-housing, and short term rental assistance, and these changes appear to be aligning homeless funding better address the problem and it s growth. Unemployment has declined, but median income has hardly increased over the last year when factoring for inflation. New Hampshire's economy is growing again, but at a pace lagging behind Massachusetts, the fastest growing state in New England, and about the same as the U.S. as a whole. 2. Summary of the objectives and outcomes identified in the Plan Needs Assessment Overview The State of New Hampshire anticipates the following HUD resources to assist with the state s Housing, Homeless, and Community Development needs: 1 HOME Investment Partnerships funding is $3,023,348. Intended uses of this annual grant plus program income and/or uncommitted funds from previous years include $3,023,348 to contribute to the development of 150 units of new affordable housing and $1,000,000 to contribute to the cost of rehabilitation necessary for the preservation of 200 units of affordable housing. Emergency Solutions Grant funding is $863,130 and will be used to provide short term rental assistance and rapid rehousing for 430 households, and homeless prevention for 516 households. Community Development Block Grant is $8,099,926 and will fund $2,500,000 of economic development activities, $750,000 of microenterprise assistance, $100,000 in planning grants, and $3,500,000 in grants for public facilities and to support affordable housing efforts. 3. Evaluation of past performance Although it is impossible to estimate exact numbers of homeless households to be served, housing units completed, and community development projects to be completed in a given year, production and performance under all three of these programs has been steady and reliable over time. None of these three grantees has ever had to pay grant money back. 4. Summary of citizen participation process and consultation process The citizen participation process for this plan was weighted at the front end, with community listening sessions held in six localities around the state with reasonably good attendance. An online survey was also distributed to constituents, partners, interested parties, and others including shelter residents, and participation was quite good. New Hampshire's Housing and Community Development Planning Council, whose membership provides consultation from all of the varied perspectives and constituencies required by HUD, was involved in the entire planning process and provided important feedback and guidance. A consultation for all New Hampshire entitlement communities was offered and three of the five participated. 5. Summary of public comments Public comments varied community by community, but the main themes were expression of far greater needs than can be addressed with these three resources as currently funded, the need for more affordable housing and rent subsidy to help those at the lowest incomes, concern about the potential loss of affordable housing inventory through expiring use, longer-term assistance for homeless as many will not successfully transition to self-sufficiency in a short amount of time, and the desire for infrastructure development to be better-coordinated with affordable housing development. All comments and views were accepted. We have received no public comments since publication of the draft Consolidated Plan on September 30, 6. Summary of comments or views not accepted and the reasons for not accepting them None. Comments and views related to all three programs are accepted continuously 7. Summary The HUD resources of CDBG, HOME and ESG have made valuable contributions to New Hampshire's cities, towns, and citizens in many ways as will be seen in the remainder of this plan. Increases and programmatic changes in Emergency Solutions Grant have been helpful, but reductions in CDBG and HOME funding have been counterintuitive, particularly when housing affordability is a growing concern and clearly tied to homelessness. 3 The Process PR-05 Lead & Responsible Agencies 24 CFR (b) 1. Describe agency/entity responsible for preparing the Consolidated Plan and those responsible for administration of each grant program and funding source The following are the agencies/entities responsible for preparing the Consolidated Plan and those responsible for administration of each grant program and funding source. Agency Role Name Department/Agency Lead Agency NEW HAMPSHIRE CDBG Administrator HOPWA Administrator HOME Administrator ESG Administrator HOPWA-C Administrator Narrative Table 1 Responsible Agencies NH Community Development Finance Authority NH Housing Finance Authority Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services As lead agency, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority is responsible for coordinating the activities of the three organizations involved in developing New Hampshire s consolidated plans, action plans, and consolidated annual performance evaluation reports. New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority has administered the state HOME Investment Partnership and Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs since their inception, and shares the state s Tax Exempt Bond authority with the Business Finance Authority. New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority also administers a statewide Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, a Family Self Sufficiency Program, homebuyer education and mortgage programs, and performs Project-Based Contract Administration for HUD. Consolidated Plan Public Contact Information Bill Guinther Program Policy Analyst New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority 32 Constitution Drive Bedford, NH PR-10 Consultation , (b); (l) 1. Introduction Provide a concise summary of the state s activities to enhance coordination between public and assisted housing providers and private and governmental health, mental health and service agencies (91.215(l)) The Housing and Community Development Planning Council exists to obtain consultation from the above-mentioned groups regarding the use of state HOME, CDBG, and ESG funds, but in addition to that it serves to increase understanding and communication between housing and service providers as well as government. New Hampshire Housing s frequent conferences and trainings also serve to bring diverse audiences with related interests together. With New Hampshire being as small a state as it is, many of us from the housing and service provider worlds tend to be involved on each other s Boards, Councils, and other planning and advisory groups. For example, NHHFA and BHHS are both represented on the NH Behavioral Health Advisory Council, NHHFA serves on the Housing Committee of the Balance of State Continuum of Care and the CDBG Advisory Council, BHHS participates in the Workforce Housing Council that NHHFA sponsors, and we typically co-sponsor each other s conferences and training events. Describe coordination with the Continuum of Care and efforts to address the needs of homeless persons (particularly chronically homeless individuals and families, families with children, veterans, and unaccompanied youth) and persons at risk of homelessness NH has 3 Continuums of Care (CoC), The Greater Nashua (GNCoC), Manchester (MCoC) and Balance of State (BoSCoC). The Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS) is the NH State recipient for ESG funding, and the BHHS administrator is the Co-Chair of the BoSCoC, which ensures a high degree of collaboration and coordination of services between the ESG program and BoSCoC programs. The BoSCoC has subcommittees focused on Chronic Homelessness, Family Homelessness and Housing and Education (needs of homeless children and their families). The state also funds homeless services at a level of $3.2 million annually, and oversees the administration of the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) outreach program, and the state (Housing Opportunities for Person s with Aids)HOPWA program grants. This allows the BHHS to ensure coordination of services and communications among outreach, shelter and transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs. The BHHS mission, in addition to coordinating funding, is to ensure collaboration between all of NH s homeless assistance programs, ensuring alignment with common goals and efficient utilization of resources. BHHS coordinates regular meetings for statewide Outreach staff, Shelter Directors, and Permanent Supportive Housing case managers to share information on various initiatives, provide TA and foster communication and coordination of services. BHHS staff co- 5 chair or participate in a number of community task forces and committees including the NH Homeless Veterans Committee, North Country Veterans Committee, and the Homeless Teen Task force which are each focused on addressing the needs among each of these groups. BHHS has also worked with providers to increase the number of CoC and ESG funded rapid rehousing programs across the state to better reduce and shorten the time families experience homelessness. Describe consultation with the Continuum(s) of Care that serves the state in determining how to allocate ESG funds, develop performance standards and evaluate outcomes, and develop funding, policies and procedures for the administration of HMIS NH has 3 Continuums of Care (CoC), The Greater Nashua (GNCoC), Manchester (MCoC) and Balance of State (BoSCoC). The administrator of the BHHS conducted presentations and open discussion at each CoC which included: review of the current NH ESG program design; policies and procedures; expected available funds and examples of how to allocate funds; the process for evaluating outcomes; performance standards; HMIS policy and standards; as well as solicitation of feedback and discussion regarding information presented. These presentations were conducted at the BoSCoC on 5/12/15, the MCoC on 5/21/15, and the GNCoC on 8/5/ Describe Agencies, groups, organizations and others who participated in the process and describe the jurisdictions consultations with housing, social service agencies and other entities 6 Table 2 Agencies, groups, organizations who participated 1 Agency/Group/Organization Neighborworks Southern New Hampshire Agency/Group/Organization Type What section of the Plan was addressed by Consultation? How was the Agency/Group/Organization consulted and what are the anticipated outcomes of the consultation or areas for improved coordination? Housing Services - Housing Services-Children Services-Elderly Persons Services-Persons with Disabilities Housing Need Assessment Lead-based Paint Strategy Public Housing Needs Homelessness Strategy Homeless Needs - Chronically homeless Homeless Needs - Families with children Homelessness Needs - Veterans Homelessness Needs - Unaccompanied youth Non-Homeless Special Needs Economic Development Market Analysis Anti-poverty Strategy Membership in Housing and Community Development Planning Council 2 Agency/Group/Organization FAMILIES IN TRANSITION Agency/Group/Organization Type Housing Services - Housing Services-Persons with Disabilities Services-homeless 7 What section of the Plan was addressed by Consultation? How was the Agency/Group/Organization consulted and what are the anticipated outcomes of the consultation or areas for improved coordination? Housing Need Assessment Lead-based Paint Strategy Public Housing Needs Homelessness Strategy Homeless Needs - Chronically homeless Homeless Needs - Families with children Homelessness Needs - Veterans Homelessness Needs - Unaccompanied youth Non-Homeless Special Needs Economic Development Market Analysis Anti-poverty Strategy Member of the Housing and Community Development Planning Council 3 Agency/Group/Organization Concord Housing Authority Agency/Group/Organization Type What section of the Plan was addressed by Consultation? How was the Agency/Group/Organization consulted and what are the anticipated outcomes of the consultation or areas for improved coordination? Housing PHA Housing Need Assessment Lead-based Paint Strategy Public Housing Needs Homelessness Strategy Homeless Needs - Chronically homeless Homeless Needs - Families with children Homelessness Needs - Veterans Homelessness Needs - Unaccompanied youth Non-Homeless Special Needs Economic Development Market Analysis Anti-poverty Strategy Member of the Housing and Community Development Planning Council. 4 Agency/Group/Organization Rockingham Planning Commission Agency/Group/Organization Type Regional organization Planning organization 8 What section of the Plan was addressed by Consultation? How was the Agency/Group/Organization consulted and what are the anticipated outcomes of the consultation or areas for improved coordination? Housing Need Assessment Lead-based Paint Strategy Public Housing Needs Homelessness Strategy Homeless Needs - Chronically homeless Homeless Needs - Families with children Homelessness Needs - Veterans Homelessness Needs - Unaccompanied youth Non-Homeless Special Needs Economic Development Market Analysis Anti-poverty Strategy Member of the Housing and Community Development Planning Council. 5 Agency/Group/Organization Berlin Housing Authority Agency/Group/Organization Type What section of the Plan was addressed by Consultation? How was the Agency/Group/Organization consulted and what are the anticipated outcomes of the consultation or areas for improved coordination? Housing PHA Housing Need Assessment Lead-based Paint Strategy Public Housing Needs Homelessness Strategy Homeless Needs - Chronically homeless Homeless Needs - Families with children Homelessness Needs - Veterans Homelessness Needs - Unaccompanied youth Non-Homeless Special Needs Economic Development Market Analysis Anti-poverty Strategy Member of the Housing and Community Development Planning Council. 9 6 Agency/Group/Organization Strafford Economic Development Corporation Agency/Group/Organization Type What section of the Plan was addressed by Consultation? How was the Agency/Group/Organization consulted and what are the anticipated outcomes of the consultation or areas for improved coordination? Regional organization Business Leaders Community Development Financial Institution Private Sector Banking / Financing Housing Need Assessment Lead-based Paint Strategy Public Housing Needs Homelessness Strategy Homeless Needs - Chronically homeless Homeless Needs - Families with children Homelessness Needs - Veterans Homelessness Needs - Unaccompanied youth Non-Homeless Special Needs Economic Development Market Analysis Anti-poverty Strategy Member of the Housing and Community Development Planning Council. 7 Agency/Group/Organization New Hampshire Legal Assistance Agency/Group/Organization Type Services - Housing Services-Elderly Persons Services-Persons with Disabilities Services-Victims of Domestic Violence Services-homeless Service-Fair Housing Services - Victims 10 What section of the Plan was addressed by Consultation? How was the Agency/Group/Organization consulted and what are the anticipated outcomes of the consultation or areas for improved coordination? Housing Need Assessment Lead-based Paint Strategy Public Housing Needs Homelessness Strategy Homeless Needs - Chronically homeless Homeless Needs - Families with children Homelessness Needs - Veterans Homelessness Needs - Unaccompanied youth Non-Homeless Special Needs Economic Development Market Analysis Anti-poverty Strategy Member of the Housing and Community Development Planning Council. 8 Agency/Group/Organization Regional Economic Development Center of Southern New Hampshire Agency/Group/Organization Type What section of the Plan was addressed by Consultation? How was the Agency/Group/Organization consulted and what are the anticipated outcomes of the consultation or areas for improved coordination? Regional organization Business Leader
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