NH suspends rental support program after funding ends

New Hampshire Housing is pausing incoming applications for the state’s emergency rental assistance program after the federal government announced the state will not receive additional funding, but officials say assistance is still available. The program will run until the end of December, and officials said applications already submitted are likely to be funded. “I want everyone to take a deep breath first,” said Donnalee Lozeau, CEO of Southern New Hampshire Services. New Hampshire’s Rental Assistance Program has helped Granite Staters pay rent and utilities since March 2021 with American Rescue Plan funds. State officials said New Hampshire recently asked the federal government for additional funding but declined, prompting the Housing Association to pause new applications. Katia Dohl’s rental support recently ended and when she went to apply again on Friday, the Manchester resident was told it was too late. “When they told me it’s over, what should I do?” She said. “I’m at a motel right now.” Lozeau said people shouldn’t panic because there are other ways to get extra support — support, electrical support, food supplies,” she said. “Some of the[Community Action Partnerships]are providing In a letter, Gov. Chris Sununu blasted the rejection, saying in part: cold weather and the holiday season, this is the absolute worst time for the federal government to be around to take that step.”We’re going to take a look and talk to the Treasury Department to see what we can do because we want to help the people of New Hampshire who need help with rent assistance, but it’s really disappointing too.” see that the state has not kept up with their end of the bargain,” she said. Officials said the state has paid more than 230 million since March Spent $n to help more than 23,000 New Hampshire homes. There is a possibility of receiving additional federal funds in the future.

New Hampshire Housing is pausing incoming applications for the state’s emergency rental assistance program after the federal government announced the state will not receive additional funding, but officials say assistance is still available.

The program runs through the end of December, and officials said applications already submitted are likely to be funded.

“First thing I want everyone to know is that they’re taking a breath,” said Donnalee Lozeau, CEO of Southern New Hampshire Services.

The New Hampshire Rental Assistance Program has been helping Granite Staters pay rent and utilities since March 2021 with funds from the American Rescue Plan.

State officials said New Hampshire recently asked the federal government for additional resources, but they were turned down, prompting the housing association to pause new applications.

Katia Dohl’s rental support recently ended and when she went to apply again on Friday, the Manchester resident was told it was too late.

“When they told me it’s over, what should I do?” She said. “I’m at a motel right now.”

Lozeau said people shouldn’t panic because there are other ways to get extra support.

“It’s not rent money to the extent that this program has allowed, but it’s certainly things like fuel assistance, electrical assistance, food supplies,” she said. “Some of the (Community Action Partnerships) provide homeless shelters. I mean there are other things we can help them with.”

In a letter, Gov. Chris Sununu criticized the rejection, saying in part, “With skyrocketing inflation, cold weather and the holiday season, this is the absolute worst time for the federal government to take this step.”

But US Senator Jeanne Shaheen said the state left money on the table because New Hampshire decided to tackle the programs.

“We’re going to take a look and talk to the Treasury Department to see what we can do because we want to help the people of New Hampshire who need help with rent assistance, but it’s really disappointing to see that the state hasn’t kept up with their end of the deal,” she said.

Officials said the state has spent more than $230 million since March to help more than 23,000 New Hampshire homes. There is a possibility of receiving additional federal funds in the future.

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