As the largest city in New Hampshire, Manchester’s homelessness problem parallels that of many other cities in the United States. Limits on the amount of affordable housing, living wage jobs, a limited service network, lack of coordination data and a limited referral system impact on the magnitude of the problem.
On the positive side, unlike many other municipalities, Manchester has seen the development of a public/private partnership – between the City and the non-profit sector – as it has coped with the crisis and sought solutions.
The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness was developed through a process that included meetings, focus groups, surveys of clients and surveys of agencies. Through this inclusive process, the plan was built on two guiding principles. First, because of the multi-causalities associated with chronic homelessness, a holistic method – which emphasizes a case management approach – is necessary. In other words, to be successful, the plan includes preventive services – programs and services designed to keep an individual or family from entering a cycle of chronic homelessness. Secondly, the system must have a place to discharge clients to — affordable, attainable and appropriate permanent housing.
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