Harbor Homes to receive $400K to fight substance use disorder

NASHUA – Harbor Homes will receive a $400,000 federal grant to support transitional housing for families and individuals impacted by substance use disorder, officials announced Monday.

The grant, awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will allow Harbor Homes to help more than 150 families over the next five years, according to Harbor Homes and the Partnership for Successful Living CEO Peter Kelleher.

“This critical funding will allow Harbor Homes to implement a comprehensive recovery and treatment program to individuals with a history of substance use disorders, and include permanent housing to further support a healthy transition to self-sufficiency and sustainability,” he said in a statement.

Harbor Homes is one of the spearheads for the Safe Stations program started in 2016, in which anyone in need of help due to substance misuse can go to any Nashua fire station to receive medical attention if necessary. They can then be transported to Harbor Homes almost immediately. There, they can receive treatment, behavioral and primary health care and emergency shelter.

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., founder of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force, on Monday said the grant will help expand “crucial” housing programs for those struggling with substance use disorder so that they can recover and transition back into the community.

“We know that many individuals who suffer from substance use disorder are also dealing with a co-occurring, and often undiagnosed, mental health issue,” Kuster said, emphasizing the importance of taking on the opioid epidemic. She added that she will continue to push for such resources in the state.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., agreed with Kuster and said in a statement that “empowering our local organizations on the front lines with the resources they need to help Granite Staters struggling with substance use disorder is a crucial part of our comprehensive response efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.”

She lauded Harbor Homes’ efforts in Greater Nashua and said she is glad to see the organization expand its reach.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.