Over the years, SNHPC has conducted several housing related projects including studies of affordability and current home costs, tabulations of existing stock, and guideline preparation for open space developments, among others. Below is a selection of SNHPC's larger and more recent housing related projects.
Housing Needs Assessment
The Housing Needs Assessment, per State Statute, is updated by SNHPC every five years. The Commission approved the most recent update in July 2010. The assessment analyzes the region's housing supply, demand, and affordability; presents mechanisms for promoting affordable housing creation; and allocates the region's fair share distribution of workforce housing.
A Handbook on Open Space Development Through Residential Clustering
The Handbook on Open Space Development was created in 2001 through a Target Block Grant from the NH Office of Energy and Planning. The primary goal of open space subdivision is to preserve and protect tracts of undeveloped land in order to help maintain the character of a community. This handbook outlines the basic methodology for creating open space development and provides many examples from within New Hampshire. This handbook is intended to be useful for both planning board members and developers.
City of Manchester, HUD Consolidated Plan 2015
The Consolidated Plan is a tool used by the City of Manchester to address community improvements. The plan describes the priorities and goals of the City in regard to affordable housing, community development and the needs of the homeless. The process emphasizes civic engagement to effectively allocate funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the appropriate parts of the community. Specific funding allotments are identified in Annual Action Plans that coincide with the overall scope of the five-year Consolidated Plan. The progress of the plan is tracked in an annual Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
What is Workforce Housing?
“Workforce housing” means housing which is intended for sale and which is affordable to a household with an income of no more than 100 percent of the median income for a 4-person household for the metropolitan area or county in which the housing is located as published annually by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Workforce housing” also means rental housing, which is affordable to a household with an income of no more than 60 percent of the median income for a 3-person household for the metropolitan area or county in which the housing is located as published annually by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA) is a Statewide Housing Resource. NHHFA promotes finances and supports affordable housing opportunities and related services for New Hampshire families and individuals, and serves as the primary source for housing data.
Inclusionary Zoning Implementation Program
The Inclusionary Zoning Implementation Program (IZIP) was a funding program offered to municipalities through NHHFA. The program provided funds to towns to obtain techincal assistance to prepare Inclusionary Zoning Ordinances with the goal of having ordinances adopted by local legislative bodies in 2008 and 2009. Through IZIP, NH Housing awarded ten grants of up to $9000 each and no matching funds were required. Rindge was awarded $6,000, and Hampton Falls was awarded a $7,000 grant during the first round of grant applications. The following towns were awarded full grants in the second round of funding: Atkinson, Bedford, Brookline, East Kingston, Deerfield, Durham, Rye, and Wolfboro.
NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire
NeighborWorks® Greater Manchester is a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of the lives of individuals and families living in the Greater Manchester region by providing access to quality housing services, revitalizing neighborhoods and supporting opportunities for personal empowerment. NeighborWorks® Greater Manchester has helped thousands of people break the cycle of poverty and improve their financial stability through either home ownership or providing quality affordable rental housing. NeighborWorks® Greater Manchester helps families realize a stable housing cost so they may build economic self-sufficiency.
RSA 674:58, 2008, 299:2, eff. Jan. 1, 2010