FAMILIES IN TRANSITION RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANTS FOR HOMELESS SERVICES AND HOUSING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 3, 2011

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

Agency receives over $600,000 for eight projects in Manchester and Concord

MANCHESTER, NH Families in Transition (FIT) was recently awarded $635,757 in grant money through the Continuum of Care grant program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The money will fund six of FIT’s programs in Manchester and two in Concord, supporting housing and comprehensive social services for a total of 84 housing units and a minimum of 134 individuals.

Continuum of Care grants provide permanent and transitional housing and services to the homeless. The grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients.

A variety of FIT programming will benefit from the grants, from housing units for twelve individuals with disabilities and their families in a brand new property on Valley and Belmont Streets in Manchester to housing advocacy, aid, and services for ten individuals in FIT’s Concord Community Program. The diverse population served through the funds will include single women, women with children, single men, and chronically homeless and disabled individuals.

“Families in Transition has had a great working relationship with HUD over the years,” said FIT President Maureen Beauregard. “The federal funds we’ve received through the Continuum of Care program have enabled us help thousands throughout our neighborhoods and cities right here in New Hampshire.”

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. 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 and the stores visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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