Grant will fund Harbor Homes’ Veterans FIRST

NASHUA – Harbor Homes is honored to announce it has received a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for $22,500, which will fund its Veterans FIRST Transitional Housing Programs in Nashua and Manchester.

The funding will provide essentials to homeless veterans in need, including nutritious food and transportation. The Veterans FIRST Transitional Housing is effective in ending veteran homelessness in the Greater Nashua and in Manchester, serving between 150-200 veterans annually, along with their family members.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous support provided by the Disabled Veterans National Foundation,” said Peter Kelleher, president and CEO of Harbor Homes. “This funding is especially critical, as we work to accomplish a statewide effective end to veteran homelessness later this year, something already achieved in Nashua thanks to an outpouring of support from public and private sectors, and especially donors like the DVNF.”

“DVNF is proud to support Harbor Homes as they continue to make a positive impact in veterans lives by helping veterans with transitional housing and in ending veteran homelessness,” said DVNF CEO Joseph Van Fonda. “We would like to congratulate and thank them for their commitment to serving the men and women who served in defense of our country.”

Harbor Homes’ Veterans FIRST Transitional Housing Program in Nashua includes three facilities: Dalianis House, which provides 40 apartments for homeless male veterans; Buckingham Place, which provides 20 apartments for homeless male and female veterans and their families and the Amherst Street Home, which provides a shared home environment for five homeless veterans with significant behavioral health challenges. In Manchester, BAE Independence Hall provides 26 apartments for veterans and their families.

These apartments are the only transitional housing specifically for veterans in New Hampshire. Working with the local VA Medical Center, Harbor Homes provides the support necessary for each veteran to move onto independence, including access to primary and behavioral health care, employment counseling and training and case management. When veterans graduate from the transitional housing program, they are financially stable and move into permanent housing.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded – physically or psychologically – after defending our safety and our freedom. DVNF achieves this mission by:

– Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans and whose missions align with that of DVNF.

– Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health and Comfort program and various empowerment resources.

– Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.

– Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community and educating the public accordingly.

Since 1980, Harbor Homes has addressed the needs of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable populations by offering housing, health care, employment services and other supportive services. In FY2017, Harbor Homes housed more than 1,900 people, and provided health care and support services to more than 3,500. The nonprofit organization is the largest housing and social services provider for homeless and at-risk veterans in New Hampshire, providing and coordinating housing, employment services, benefits enrollment, health care, as well as behavioral health care for more than 600 low-income, homeless, and at-risk veteran households each year. For more information about Harbor Homes and its Veterans FIRST programming, visit www.harborhomes.org.