The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) continues to move closer to its goal of funding a winter shelter, thanks to a commitment from Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack) to purchase $110,000 in tax credits. The Merrimack, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, will make the purchase through the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) of New Hampshire’s tax credit program.
“The winter shelter will act as an emergency safety net for those with no other options during the harshest months of winter,” said Philip Emma, President of Merrimack County Savings Bank. “We hope that the people of our community will join us and assist the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness by volunteering or donating.”
CCEH recently received a $431,000 allocation in tax credits through the CDFA to help fund its winter shelter project, which fills a critical gap in Concord’s safety net for people experiencing homelessness. “We’re elated that the Merrimack is able to help us get our winter shelter project off the ground,” said Ellen Groh, Executive Director of the Coalition. “For more than a decade, a winter shelter was operated by First and South Congregational Churches and supported by hundreds of volunteers, but that option is no longer available. For the past two years, the Concord community has struggled to find a replacement location and a managing entity for the shelter, piecing together interim solutions at the last minute. The Merrimack’s generous contribution will help make winter a lot more bearable for so many people.” CCEH will purchase the property at 238 North Main Street, where its existing daytime Homeless Resource Center is located, and build an accessory building in the back to accommodate up to 42 individuals.
CCEH was founded in 2008 to eliminate the causes of homelessness in the Greater Concord community through a coordinated, committed and active effort of many stakeholders and organizations. The Coalition operates a daytime, drop-in resource center that provides immediate assistance to people struggling with homelessness, including access to showers, laundry and caseworker assistance to access other community resources. CCEH is the lead agency for implementing Concord’s plan to end homelessness, and operates Housing First Concord, a program which provides permanent supportive housing for 15 chronically homeless individuals. For more information about the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, visit concordhomeless.org.
CDFA tax credits allow businesses to fund qualifying economic or community development projects in exchange for a tax credit that can be applied against state business tax payments. For more information about the CDFA, visit nhcdfa.org.