10 Year Plan to End Homelessness

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.

For detailed information regarding the plan, please click the link below:

Manchester 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness (2008)