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May 2022 Newsletter

May is Community Action Month!
Join us in celebrating the legacy and ongoing impact of the Community Action Network.  Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

"I have worked for SNHS for over 20 years. It has been a pleasure working with our elderly housing residents and contributing to the mission of the housing program. I take special pride in keeping our 3 housing sites in Rochester clean. This took on a special meaning to me during Covid- knowing I was helping keep people safe."

 - Cindy Phillips (Housing)

Calling West Side Residents!

A new community center is being planned for Manchester’s West Side and we want to hear from YOU about what you think is needed for your community. Here's how you can participate...scan the QR Code and fill out this anonymous survey. It is translated into 10 different languages.

April 2022 Newsletter

Program Spotlight: Senior Housing
Supportive housing for the elderly
As one of New Hampshire’s leading providers of housing to income eligible seniors, we are pleased to offer quality, affordable housing for the elderly throughout the state. We offer 910 apartments in 25 different elderly housing sites through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Supportive Housing Program. We have an additional four tax credit housing sites with funding from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority and Nashua Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Residents in these apartments pay 30% of their adjusted income for rent with the balance subsidized under HUD’s Section 8 Rental Assistance Program with heat and utilities included in the rent.

Fuel Assistance is Taking Applications Through May 2

Southern NH Services’ Fuel Assistance program is taking applications through April 30 to help renters and homeowners pay for past or future energy use.
Benefits are calculated on a number of things, including household income, energy costs, and housing type. This allows those households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs to receive the highest benefits. Applications are taken through our Community Services Offices throughout Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. Households can also apply for and receive electrical assistance at the same appointment, if eligible.

Governor Sununu and New Hampshire Insurance Department Team Up With Healthcare Navigators and Other Stakeholders to Kick Off Marketplace Open Enrollment Period

CONCORD, NH (November 1, 2021) – The New Hampshire Insurance Department (NHID), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Southern New Hampshire Services, First Choice Services and Health Market Connect today kicked off the Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.

The Open Enrollment Period for Granite Staters newly-purchasing or changing their Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual health coverage for 2022 runs from Monday, November 1, 2021 through Saturday, January 15, 2022. 

Temporary Increase in WIC Benefits June-September

Additional funds for all women and children participants of the New Hampshire WIC Program have been added value to their monthly Cash Value Benefit (CVB). This temporary increase, from the current $9 for children per month and $11 for women per month, to $35 per month each will be in effect for the months of June, July, August, and September 2021. A woman with 2 children on the program will see an increase from $29 to $105 per month.

Highlighting the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at St. Joseph Hospital

New Hampshire has one of the largest aging populations in the country with a variety of changes in their everyday lives. Mental health concerns are often overlooked or underserved in our communities - and access to assistance through these issues is often unavailable or unknown.

Governor Sununu Proclaims May 2021 as Community Action Month

Governor Chris Sununu has proclaimed May 2021 as Community Action Month in the state of New Hampshire. 2021 marks the 57th year since the Community Action Network was established to help American families and communities overcome obstacles to economic stability.

Over 1000 agencies across the country are working every day to create opportunities and transform the lives of their neighbors making communities stronger and helping families across the US thrive. Southern New Hampshire Services is one of five Community Action Agencies in New Hampshire.

Head Start & Early Head Start Now Accepting Applications

Do you have children under four whom you would like to set up for success? At Southern New Hampshire Services, our Head Start and Early Head Start programs have begun to accept applications for the 2021-2022 school year. These programs provide educational and family support services to over 500 children and families in the southern tier of New Hampshire with programs offered in Manchester, Nashua, Derry, Greenville, Hillsboro, Raymond and Seabrook.

NH Residents 16+ Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Governor Sununu recently expanded vaccination eligibility to more age groups as the state continues to lead the way in COVID-19 vaccination accessibility. As of April 2nd, all New Hampshire residents 16+ are able to register and schedule COVID-19 vaccinations through VINI, New Hampshire's vaccination portal.

Governor Sununu Announces Launch of NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu announced that the New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program established through the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) will launch at noon on Monday, March 15th. It will provide aid to eligible residents of New Hampshire who cannot pay their rent, utilities and heating costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SNHS Named April's Non-Profit in Hannaford Giving Tag Program

The Hannaford Giving Tag Program, which launched in February 2020, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.