“A majority of homeless people counted during the Point-In-Time Count were in emergency shelters or transitional housing shelters, but over one in five were unsheltered, living in cars, abandoned buildings, tents, or other places not intended for human habitation….These individuals experience extreme hardship, and are often most susceptible to illness, drug abuse and violence.”
– NH Coalition on Homelessness
Homelessness in New Hampshire
Many of our Monadnock area neighbors live one paycheck away from experiencing homelessness. They never expect to lose their homes. But accumulating hardships force them into homelessness, and they soon exhaust their network of family and friends. They move from couch to couch. Entire families live in cars, campgrounds, or in the woods. MATS helps to provide shelter that many families and friends would like to provide if they could afford it.
Did You Know That:
42% of the overall homeless population in New Hampshire consists of families with children.
Veterans comprise 8% of New Hampshire’s homeless population.
The median rent for a two bedroom apartment in Hillsborough county is $1,647 per month
Around 3,993 school children are identified as being homeless. This does not include toddlers and preschoolers, those who don’t go to school because of moving frequently or those who have not been identified.
Today, most people in America live one paycheck away from experiencing homelessness.
Want to be an advocate? We have a one page handout with some stats on homelessness in New Hampshire that you might find useful.
NH Coalition to End Homelessness
The State of Homelessness in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
New Hampshire Consolidated Plan 2016-2020
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services
The State of Homelessness from EndHomelessness.org
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week:
HHAW Event: Collection box for Peterborough Food Pantry
HHAW Event: Collection box for MATS
HHAW Event: Movie: A Place at the Table
HHAW Event: Community Breakfast at PUMC
HHAW Event: Community Harvest Supper
HHAW Event: HHAW at Peterborough Holiday Stroll
HHAW Event: Book Discussion Group: Evicted
HHAW Event: Community Supper at All Saints
HHAW Event: Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony
HHAW Event: Second Annual Candlepin Classic Fundraiser
HHAW Event: HHAW at Conval Craft Fair
HHAW Event: What Does it Mean to Feel At Home? Art Exhibit – Opening Reception
HHAW Event: Pop-Up Stories – Hunger & Homelessness: Stories of Hope – Submissions Open