$1 million in HUD funds for Nashua

NASHUA – More than $1 million worth of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding is on the way to Nashua to help those in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

“Community Development Block Grant funding is used to help us in a lot of downtown or depressed neighborhoods,” Mayor Jim Donchess said. “The more we can get, the more we can do for the community.”

Donchess said the city does a lot of downtown projects, as well as sidewalks, in addition to helping social service agencies serving the downtown Nashua population.

In the past, Nashua officials have used the money for certain neighborhood projects, such as upgrading the Crown Hill Fire Station. Additionally, the city has used CDBG money to help social service agencies perform capital projects.

Specifically, Nashua will receive $658,301 worth of CDBG funding, as well as $398,176 HOME Grant. The HOME funds are geared to support efforts with expanding affordable housing, particularly for people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.

Members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation announced the grants this week. In addition to the Nashua funding, Dover will receive a $290,005 CDBG grant.

“These new grants for Nashua and Dover will help expand affordable housing so that more Granite Staters can find and maintain a home. Addressing the housing crisis is an important priority of mine in Congress, and I will continue to work across the aisle to address it,” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said.

Echoing her thoughts, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., said the CDBG program helps communities in New Hampshire address critical funding needs. U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., also voiced her enthusiasm for this funding. Kuster said this money will help Nashua provide residents with more stable housing situations.

“Investing in the well-being and success of people who are vulnerable and struggling financially is beneficial to everyone,” Kuster said. “I’m glad to join my colleagues for this announcement, and I look forward to our continued work together to help ensure all Granite Staters can get ahead and thrive.”

Furthermore, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said she’s pleased to announce these grants for the two cities.

“The affordable housing crisis in New Hampshire is impacting individuals and families across our state, leaving far too many Granite Staters without a safe, affordable place to call home,” she said.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.