NASHUA — Harbor Homes, one of the agencies that operates Nashua’s Safe Stations program, is set to receive more than $2 million to assist homeless veterans.
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $2,160,714 grant to the local nonprofit group aimed at providing low income, homeless and disabled individuals with affordable housing, employment and job training, support services and primary and behavioral health care, according to a news release.
“Harbor Homes has been a steadfast partner in addressing the opioid epidemic and serving Granite State veterans,” U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster said in a statement. “This grant is critical to their ongoing efforts in New Hampshire and I look forward to continuing to fight for resources that support this important work.”
Harbor Homes was founded 30 years ago with a mission to create and provide quality residential and support services for individuals and their families with mental illness or struggling with homelessness.
More recently, the agency has been instrumental in assisting residents who are struggling with substance abuse by helping to operate Nashua’s Safe Stations program.
In addition, Harbor Homes opened its doors last month as one of nine hubs throughout the state designed to fight the opioid problem in New Hampshire. Two clinicians at Harbor Homes are now working with The Doorway at Granite Pathways to provide assistance, as well as two recovery specialists at the same location and an additional two cases managers at Revive Recovery Center in Nashua.
“Their innovative work through the Nashua Safe Stations program is making a real difference in our efforts to combat the opioid crisis, and I will keep fighting to ensure that they have the resources to continue these efforts and help save lives,” Sen. Maggie Hassan said in a news release.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen agreed, saying the grant will bolster the work done by Harbor Homes so that the agency can continue to support local families.
“Some of our most vulnerable Granite Staters depend on the housing and services of Harbor Homes, including those struggling with substance use disorder, low-income families and veterans. This funding will play an important role in helping to deliver the assistance they urgently need,” Shaheen said in a statement.
The $2 million grant comes five months after Harbor Homes received a separate, $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration to expand medication-assisted treatment such as behavioral health services for patients.