State grant lays foundation for new homeless shelter in Manchester
The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority is providing the funds to Families in Transition, which operates the city’s current emergency shelter on Liberty Street, north of downtown.
Converting the former MCRC building will cost an estimated $2.1 million. With the state funding along with the proceeds from the sale of $500,000 in state tax credits, Beauregard said she was hopeful that construction could begin in the summer.
Beauregard said she believed the facility, near the intersection of Pine Street and Lake Avenue, would improve the area. “It is a rougher neighborhood,” she said. “If you look at our other existing facilities, we definitely add to neighborhoods. ... We take responsibility for our surroundings.”
The 50-50 split between FIT units and city units will continue at the new building, Beauregard said. Welfare Commissioner Paul Martineau did not return a call for comment on Monday.
The city is not providing funding for the renovation of the new shelter. In addition to the state funding, FIT is getting from donations from private foundations.
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