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CDBG Has Supplied $126 Million to New Hampshire Since 2003
2017-03-20

CDBG Has Supplied $126 Million to New Hampshire Since 2003 

Potential Loss of Resources Would Be Felt Statewide

(Concord, N.H.) – The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) has awarded more than $126 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds since 2003. These critical resources have been deployed to communities throughout New Hampshire and have a significant impact on economic development, housing and community-based initiatives across the state. 

The federal CDBG program provides financial assistance to municipalities for projects that benefit low-to-moderate income residents. Administered in New Hampshire by CDFA since 2003, awards are provided for public services, housing, substance abuse recovery centers, job creation and workforce training initiatives, as well as planning and emergency funding for high-priority municipal needs. 
 
“Towns across New Hampshire depend on these federal funds,” said Taylor Caswell, Executive Director of the Community Development Finance Authority. “Dozens of local municipalities across the state use these resources to bring new jobs, help treat drug addiction, build workforce housing, and revitalize downtown shopping and business districts, among other important community and economic development projects.”
 
Additional Information on New Hampshire’s CDBG Program
  • CDBG projects in New Hampshire have leveraged tens of millions of dollars in matching capital.
  • Many of the state's most important and most prominent community initiatives have been at least partly financed by CDBG.
  • CDFA makes awards in the following categories:
    • Economic Development; 
    • Housing, Community Projects; 
    • Emergencies and Unanticipated Events; and
    • Planning grants.
  • Grants for housing and community projects are awarded twice a year in competitive rounds. Economic Development awards are made throughout the year on a rolling basis.
Background on New Hampshire’s CDBG Program
  • Congress passed the Housing and Community Development Act in 1974 creating the Community Development Block Grant Program. 
  • CDBG Program was administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development until 1983, when the individual states took control of the Small Cities Program, which is now the CDBG Program.
  • Community Development Finance Authority has administered the program in New Hampshire since September 2003. 
  • CDFA receives its allocation directly from HUD and administers CDBG funds for non-entitlement municipalities. 
  • Over the past ten years, CDFA has saved the State hundreds of thousands of dollars eliminating salaries, benefits and overhead by running CDBG.
Recent CDBG Awards in New Hampshire
The following counties and municipalities were awarded CDBG grants between July 1, 2015 and November 2016:
 
Housing and Public Facilities
  • An award of $500,000 in CDBG funds was made to Grafton County on behalf of Tri County CAP to help build the new Friendship House Drug Rehabilitation Facility. Founded in 1981, the Friendship House (FH) provides drug and alcohol treatment services including Recovery Support Services, Outpatient services and Residential Treatment in Bethlehem, NH. The project will allow Friendship House to serve 234 people per year. A minimum of 76% of the people served will be low- and moderate-income persons.
  • $500,000 in CDBG funds was awarded to the Town of Winchester to replace existing water systems in the Jones Road Neighborhood. The funds will support necessary improvements to the water infrastructure throughout the neighborhood that consists of 34 households of which 79% are low- and moderate-income.
  • $500,000 in CDBG funds was awarded to Belknap County on behalf of the New England Family Housing (NEFH) to develop the Newfound River Apartment project. Newfound River Apartments is a proposed 32-unit, two building affordable housing complex located along the Newfound River in Bristol, NH.
  • The town of Gilford was awarded $300,000 in CDBG funds on behalf of Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) for a project that will create 24 new units of affordable, senior housing in Gilford. Twenty-two (22) of those units will be for low and moderate income individuals. The CDBG funds will help finance site acquisition and site preparation.
  • An award of $500,000 in funds to the town of Littleton to support the upgrade of its aging sewer and storm infrastructure in the River District. The investment is a key component in the community’s larger effort over the past several years to revitalize the River District through a variety of improvements. The funds will assist Littleton in resolving substandard wastewater conditions, improve living conditions for area residents and allow the capacity to expand employment opportunities along the towns’ riverfront. 
  • The town of Farmington received $500,000 in CDBG funds, subgranted to CAP of Strafford County, in order to make critical renovations at the Farmington Childcare Center. Funds will support interior and exterior improvements, including energy efficiency upgrades, which will enable the childcare center to increase its capacity while maintaining the ability to serve low- and moderate-income families.
  • The city of Keene received a grant of $455,000 that will enable MAPS Counseling Services, the largest provider of out-patient mental health services in Cheshire County, to relocate. The new location will provide more space to accommodate staff, ADA access, as well as improved privacy and security for clients.
  • A $500,000 grant to the County of Cheshire, subgranted to Keene Housing, will help finance a $750,000 capital improvement project at Riverbend Apartments located in Swanzey. Interior and exterior upgrades to the 24-unit family development will extend the life of the property which provides quality, affordable housing for the region.
  • The town of Exeter received $500,000 to be subgranted to Exeter Housing Authority for energy improvements at four affordable housing complexes. The proposed improvements will provide an annual savings of more than $30,000 across the four properties, ultimately delivering cost savings to low- and moderate-income tenants.
  • The city of Laconia received $482,480 in CDBG funds on behalf of the Laconia Housing Authority, for energy improvements to the Scott & Williams property. The property, which includes the 60-unit Normandin Square Apartments, provides affordable housing and health services to a majority of low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The investment in energy efficiency upgrades is expected to deliver an annual dollar savings of $67,000 in electricity and natural gas costs.
  • A grant of $327,373 to the town of Belmont to assist the Belmont Solar Village Association with infrastructure improvements. The neighborhood of 48 manufactured homes, 80 percent of which are occupied by low- and moderate-income households, will invest in water and sewer infrastructure upgrades to deliver improved services to its residents.
  • An award of $500,000 was made to the city of Franklin on behalf of the Concord Area Trust for Community Housing (CATCH) to renovate the currently vacant Riverbend Mill property into 45 units of affordable housing. The housing units will provide permanently affordable homes for approximately 80-100 adults and children, all of which are of low- and moderate-income households.
  • The city of Concord was granted $200,000 in CDBG funds on behalf of Merrimack Valley Day Care Service (MVDCS) for upgrades to address health, safety and licensing requirements for its childcare center. MVDCS provides quality, affordable childcare with more than 80% of those served coming from low- and moderate-income households. 
  • A grant of $407,100 was awarded to the town of Newport on behalf of Housing for the Elderly and Handicapped of Newport to implement energy improvements at Maple Manor, a senior affordable housing complex which serves 100% low- and moderate-income residents. 
  • The city of Lebanon received $425,000 in CDBG funds on behalf of the Lebanon Housing Authority to rehabilitate the historic Rogers House. Funds will be used to reduce energy usage, reduce energy costs and improve the comfort of the residents. The Rogers House is a 56-unit, low-income senior housing facility in downtown Lebanon.
Economic Development
  • The city of Lebanon was awarded $500,000 in CDBG funds on behalf of The Community College System of New Hampshire - River Valley Community College (RVCC) for the purpose of developing a Center for Business and Industry Training at the former Lebanon College Building in Lebanon. Funds will renovate and transform the building into a hub for workforce development and business and industry training in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. 
  • An award of $500,000 was provided to the city of Berlin on behalf of Coos Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) in order to provide a loan to Capone Iron Corporation North Woods, Inc. The loan will assist Capone Iron in purchasing the necessary machinery and equipment to run a state-of-the-art steel fabrication operation. Additionally, as a result of the investment, Capone Iron will create 25 new, full-time jobs. A minimum of 60 percent of those positions will be available to individuals from low- to moderate-income households.
  • Grafton County received $500,000 in CDBG funds on behalf of Monadnock Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for the purpose of constructing a multi-specialty clinic on the campus of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon. The goal of this new facility is to serve as a “one-stop” destination for outpatient services to increase access and improve quality of services provided, as well as lower health care costs. The hospital has committed to creating 25 new jobs, with 60 percent of those positions available to low- to moderate-income individuals.
  • The Town of Durham was awarded $500,000 in CDBG funds on behalf of the Strafford Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) to provide a loan to Harmony on the Bay, LLC. The loan will assist Harmony Homes in acquiring the necessary property to build a new, 60-bed assisted living facility which will provide affordable memory care to its residents. The development of the new facility will result in twenty-five new full-time jobs, fifteen of which will be available to low- and moderate-income individuals. 
Microenterprise (Economic Development)
A subset of the CDBG Economic Development, this $750,000 set-aside is used to aid entities that provide assistance to start-ups and very small businesses (those with fewer than five employees). The 2016 award was allocated to Grafton and Cheshire County and divided among economic development centers throughout the state, including: 
  • $97,500 to the Grafton County Economic Development Council in Plymouth. Some of the services GCEDC will provide to approximately 35 participants include lending advice, one-on-one counseling, and seminars geared toward small business development.
  • $135,000 to the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network in Bethlehem. Technical assistance from WREN includes initiatives such as vendor readiness classes, business coaching, and computer tutorials to approximately 50 low-to-moderate income business owners.
  • $52,000 to the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council in Conway. MWVEC’s incubator office will help 17 entrepreneurs with their business boot camp, monthly workshops, and access to their revolving loan funds.
  • $85,000 for the Northern Community Investment Corporation in Lancaster. Approximately 30 start-up businesses will be able to take advantage of NCIC’s financial management coaching, marketing seminars, and training in customer service, among other benefits.
  • $147,750 to the Hannah Grimes Center in Keene. The center will provide access for 55 microenterprises to its industry cluster program, consultant’s round table, and leadership circles, as well as other services.
  • $112,750 for the Regional Economic Development Center in Raymond. Activities funded include one-on-one meetings with business advisors, training in reading financial statements, and assistance with brand development and marketing. An estimated 41 low-to-moderate income small business owners will use their many resources.
  • $117,750 to the NH Small Business Development Center’s Pathways to Work initiatives in Durham and Manchester. Some of the services they’ll provide to approximately 43 participants include classes on how to start a small business, e-courses on finance, and workshops on topics like marketing and accounting.
Emergency Grants
  • An award of $350,000 was made to the town of Whitefield to make emergency repairs to a portion of the town’s water system. The funds were used to address an inadequate water supply to the Bray Hill portion of the water system, which serves an area that is primarily occupied by households earning low-to-moderate incomes. If left unattended to, these issues posed an immediate threat to public health and safety.

Planning Grants
  • $12,000 to the city of Berlin on behalf of The Holiday Center to conduct a feasibility study to determine the work scope and cost required to update the facility into an adult medical day program. 
  • $12,000 to the city of Berlin to complete marketing and engineering studies to determine if the currently unoccupied St. Joseph School could be converted to a multiple use building, such as incubator space for new startup firms, growth space for existing businesses, and affordable space for organizations that work with low - and moderate-income (LMI) households. 
  • $12,000 to the city of Laconia to complete a feasibility study for the acquisition and renovation of the building on 95 Water Street in Laconia in order to create a Model Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for abused children. 
  • $12,000 to the city of Keene on behalf of the Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency (MAPS), located at 64 Beaver Street to determine precisely how to design the ideal peer support center with sufficient space, security and efficiency.
  • $12,000 to the town of Enfield on behalf of Visions for Creative Housing to research and develop a sustainable and realistic facilities plan, as well as identify possible funding sources for capital needs and financing opportunities.
To learn more about CDFA, its impact on New Hampshire communities and available funding resources, visit www.nhcdfa.org. 
 
About CDFA
CDFA is a statewide nonprofit public authority focused on maximizing the value and impact of community and economic development programs in New Hampshire through the scaling and leveraging of its financial and technical resources. CDFA’s assets under management exceed $60 million annually. Those resources include competitive deployment of grants, direct debt, and equity; highlighted by state tax credits, federal Community Development Block Grant resources, and multiple clean energy and efficiency finance products via the CDFA Clean Energy Fund. For more information about CDFA and its programs visit www.nhcdfa.org or call 603-226-2170.
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Contact:
Melissa Latham, CDFA
mlatham@nhcdfa.org 
(603) 717-9107

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