Coalition to End Homelessness launches campaign to build permanent housing in downtown Concord 

  • The office building at 10 Green Street that the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness plans to turn into permanent housing for people in need.  Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 11/7/2019 2:12:19 PM

The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness is looking for the community’s help raising money for the construction of four one-bedroom apartments in downtown Concord for people who have been homeless.

The Coalition is starting a three-year campaign on Nov. 12 to raise $2.25 million, including $1 million from private donors, to renovate an office building at 10 Green St.

At the Green Street apartments, the Coalition will provide ongoing case management to tenants as they start their new lives and transition into stable housing. The Coalition’s goal is to ensure those who live in the apartments will pay only 30% of their income towards rent. 

CCEH Executive Director Ellen Groh called the renovation of the Green Street building “a really important step.”

“Each of the one-bedroom apartments will come with rental assistance so someone can afford it even if their only income is from disability payments,” Groh said. “It will provide safe and supported homes to people who have lived in shelters, cars, and the woods.”

The organization's first Safe Spaces campaign in 2017 provided sufficient funds to build the Emergency Winter Shelter on North Main Street and support all of its programs for three years.

Safe Spaces II: The Next Step will also keep CCEH’s essential programs, which include the Resource Center and the Concord Emergency Winter Shelter, operating for another three years, as well as provide seed money for future projects.

Those who wish to learn more about the Safe Spaces II: The Next Step campaign, can do so on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. at The Hotel Concord. The event is free and open to all. Attendees must register by Nov. 11. 

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