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New housing for mentally ill in Concord en route, thanks to Fellowship Housing

Concord is on its way to getting an additional five homes for people with mental illness and little money to afford rent or treatment.

A lack of affordable housing for the mentally ill has been cited a main reason people with mental illness lack stability and end up at the state hospital.

Fellowship Housing Opportunities, which serves about 70 people in 50 units in the city, has received a $750,000 loan to turn an existing property on Jackson Street into a five, one-bedroom apartments for folks with chronic or serious mental illness.

Fellowship Housing bought the property in 1997 from a private owner and had continued to allow the existing renters to stay in the building’s three two-bedroom apartments. The group was able to collect market-rate rent to support its other units across the city.

Page Cannon, the group’s executive director, said her organization decided to convert the house into housing for its clients about a year ago after one of the apartments became vacant and the property began needing improvements.

The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority made the rehab possible with a $750,000 loan for the work. Once finished, the home will have five, one-bedroom apartments.

The apartments are unsubsidized, meaning clients will have to pay a higher portion of their rent. But residents can still have access to assistance with crisis management, therapy and medication support; Fellowship Housing contracts with Riverbend Community Mental Health for those services.

Fellowship Housing also has units that are subsidized and others that come with intensive therapy services. A list of their properties and services can be found at
fellowshiphousing.org.

(This is a corrected version of this story.)

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