Lowell Street Gives Homeless a Second Lease on Life
A new affordable housing development located in downtown Manchester, N.H., is giving homeless individuals and families a second lease on life. Partial funding for this property was provided by New Hampshire Housing, which helped ensure these 17 units would be created.
Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT), a nonprofit that serves homeless individuals and families, manages what the agency refers to as the Lowell Street property and provides supportive services for those living in the units. Through FIT, residents of the affordable housing development receive assistance with situations that may have lead to homelessness – domestic violence, physical illness, mental illness, and/or addiction and alcoholism.
The Lowell Street project makes use of a historic building that is listed on the National Historic Register, and a great deal of work was necessary to bring the building up to current life safety and construction codes. Specifically, the building required lead and asbestos abatement since it was constructed in the mid-1800s. Though substantial renovation work and new construction was required, the housing development still retains its character and now brightens the neighborhood in which it is located. As part of its Lead Hazard Abatement Program, New Hampshire Housing was able to help FIT finance needed work. So far, the lead program has helped property owners successfully remove this toxic element from 201 units across the Granite State.
The project will serve homeless families and individuals, a special needs population within the state, for many years to come.