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DHHS to Coordinate Annual Count of New Hampshire's Homeless Population on January 27, 2016
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Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services
Publish Date:
January 25, 2016

Concord, NH – On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will coordinate a count to identify the number of homeless individuals in New Hampshire. The DHHS Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS), together with service providers that serve homeless individuals and families, will report the number of sheltered and unsheltered persons for a 24-hour period. This is a coordinated effort between the three local homeless Continuums of Care – Greater Nashua, Manchester and the "Balance of State," which BHHS coordinates.

"This count is intended to be a snapshot of how many people are experiencing homelessness on any given day in New Hampshire," said Maureen Ryan, BHHS Administrator. "It is based on information reported from city and town welfare offices, homeless shelters, police and fire departments, faith based organizations, outreach workers, the 2-1-1 Call Center, and other organizations serving people experiencing homelessness in the State."

In January 2015, New Hampshire reported 2,158 homeless individuals across the State. Of that number, 1,370 were sheltered, 262 were unsheltered, and 526 individuals were doubled up (temporarily residing with family or friends). The total of 2,210 includes 393 families.

An accurate unduplicated count is required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and is essential in DHHS's efforts to obtain funds that directly benefit individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless in New Hampshire.

For information on how you can participate, please call the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services at 271-9196.

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