FAMILIES IN TRANSITION AND HOUSING BENEFITS REVEAL NEWEST RESIDENCE FOR HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 3, 2011

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani –(603) 641-1143 ext. 322

PHOTO: NEW HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS – Gathered on the front porch of the Housing BeneFITs and Families in Transition newest property, Lowell Street Housing, in Manchester, NH are notable supporters that include: (l. to r. front row, then back row) Pauline Ikawa, Chairperson, Housing BeneFITs; Laura Simoes, Deputy State Director at the Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen; Maureen Beauregard, President, Families in Transition; Dean Christon, Executive Director of New Hampshire Housing; NH Executive Councilor Raymond Wieczorek; Greg Carsen, Manchester Field Office Director, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas; New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro; and David Tille, Senior Project Director, at the Office of Congressman Frank Guinta. Lowell Street Housing Program will house and provide supportive services for homeless women and their children.

Completed historic Manchester property will provide housing and comprehensive services to homeless individuals and families

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT), a Manchester- and Concord-based homeless services provider, along with Housing BeneFITs, a nonprofit started by FIT to improve the supply and quality of affordable housing in New Hampshire, hosted an open house on Friday, June 3, to celebrate the opening of their newest residence on Lowell Street in Manchester, NH. The Lowell Street Housing Program will house and provide supportive services for up to thirty homeless women and children, as well as for four chronically homeless individuals.

Located near downtown Manchester in a completely refurbished historic residence, 136 Lowell Street is FIT’s eighth residence in the City of Manchester. The recently completed $2.4 million project will provide a combination of interim and permanent supportive housing to Manchester’s homeless population. Residents in Lowell Street will have access to FIT’s comprehensive supportive services including childcare, case management, group therapy, and more.

The project is funded by New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, City of Manchester – Community Improvement Program, and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development – American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. The project development team includes Burnell & Johnson Architects, Families in Transition, Great Bridge Properties, Housing BeneFITs, North Branch Construction, and Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, P.A.

As a major funder of the project, Dean Christon, Executive Director of New Hampshire Housing, added, “New Hampshire Housing is pleased to have been able to partner with Families in Transition to help make this unique project possible.”

Supporters of the project and dignitaries from New Hampshire spoke at the open house event, including Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas; Laura Simoes, Deputy State Director at the Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen; NH Executive Councilor Raymond Wieczorek; New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro; Dean Christon, Executive Director of New Hampshire Housing; Greg Carsen, Manchester Field Office Director, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; Pauline Ikawa, Chairperson of Housing BeneFITS; and FIT President Maureen Beauregard.

“We’re grateful for the statewide support that helps us create more resources for the homeless,” says FIT Founder and President, Maureen Beauregard. “In times like these, we’re very lucky to have strong community partnerships that enable us to expand our housing and services for the homeless in the Manchester area, and we’re pleased to celebrate the opening of our new residence with members of our community.”

Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. In 2009, FIT established Housing BeneFITs, an independent nonprofit and Community Based Housing Development Organization to improve life for low- and moderate-income residents by increasing the supply and quality of affordable housing in New Hampshire. Additionally, FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH which serve as an economic engine to help pay for services they provide. For more information about FIT, Housing BeneFITs and the stores, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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