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Grant will support housing related concerns for clients financially affected by COVID-19

Manchester NH – Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc. (SNHS), the community action partnership for Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties, announced today that it has received a $25,000 grant from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation (EBCF). The grant is part of a commitment from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to provide financial support to local organizations focused on COVID-19 relief.

The grant will be used to help those who are facing the possibility of housing insecurities in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties.

During the early days and weeks of the pandemic, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation began to lend its support as quickly as possible, and it has steadily increased throughout 2020 the amount of unsolicited grants to nonprofit organizations. In total, $11 million in COVID-19 relief grants has been provided to hundreds of local and regional organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island in 2020.

The most recent funding supports organizations focused on housing stability, homelessness, food security, and essential services and utilities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

SNHS is a multi-service organization receiving a grant for its program in helping individuals and families across Eastern’s market areas with rental assistance/eviction prevention; emergency housing and affordable housing; foreclosure prevention; and food security.

“Housing, homelessness and food insecurity have long been challenges in our local communities that are being made worse by the double impact of the pandemic and approaching winter season,” said Nancy Huntington Stager, President and CEO of Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. “Thank you to the organizations and people bravely working on the front lines to support our neighbors in need providing vital assistance during these times. The need for corporate philanthropic support of our nonprofit partners is as great now as it was at the beginning of the pandemic, and we invite those who can to join us in giving their support.”