About Homelessness

“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 $1,764 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.


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
Point-in-Time Count

The State of Homelessness from EndHomelessness.org

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week:

HHAW Event: Collection box for Peterborough Food Pantry

HHAW Event: Ongoing Events

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