Seacoast officials report rise in area homelessness

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Officials on the Seacoast say they’re seeing a rise in homelessness in the area.

The Portsmouth Herald reported shelter and welfare directors say a lack of affordable housing seems to be a major cause of homelessness among adults who have jobs.

The town of Seabrook’s welfare director says she saw a 20 percent uptick in homeless clients this year. Officials at a homeless shelter in Portsmouth that can house 100 people say it’s consistently overcapacity by 25 percent, an increase from previous years.

New Hampshire recently received a $7 million federal grant to help with housing for homeless people. Overall the state has reported a 13.2 percent decline in homelessness since 2010.