Letter: Emergency housing extension

Published: 11/29/2022 7:00:21 AM
Modified: 11/29/2022 7:00:06 AM

An article in the Monitor (Friday, 11/25) by Michaela Towfighi, “Funds approved to extend emergency hotel stays,” reports that the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee has approved, and the Executive Council has agreed to a proposal for the state to spend $20 million from monies left in the funds provided to the state by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to house the homeless through the winter. That number is estimated to be 7,500 families in need. It should be noted that this does not include support for those in rental properties.

According to Gov. Sununu, this program is running low and will end on Dec. 29.The state had applied to the U.S. Department of Treasury for $67 million to continue the rental assistance program, but when that was denied, for reasons that remain unclear, there is a $47 million hole to be filled. The question remains as to what the governor has done in his first six years to avert the current affordable housing crisis, and what does he plan to do going forward. While he contemplates that, he might thank his Democratic Congressional Delegation for their support of the American Rescue Plan Act. It passed in the Senate 50-50, using the reconciliation process to bypass the Republican filibuster, with Vice President Harris casting the deciding vote. The bill has passed in the House 219-212 with no Republican support. It has provided our state with $1.2 billion to recover from the COVID crisis.

Tom Chase



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