Community Leadership

Ending Homelessness is Possible

WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE

Working with community partners toward solutions

Working with our community partners, CCEH’s mission is to eliminate chronic homelessness; support and quickly re-house people who have recently become homeless; and build a system that effectively responds to the diverse needs of people experiencing homelessness.

CCEH has amplified our efforts to move people experiencing chronic homelessness into supportive housing.

CCEH TASK FORCE PROVIDES DEPTH OF NEEDED SKILLS

Task Force for New Affordable & Suppotive Housing

To end homelessness in our community, the skills of many diverse professionals needs to be tapped.

To implement out Paths Toward Housing Solutions, CCEH formed the Task Force for New Affordable & Supportive Housing. The Task Force consists of volunteers from varied professions working in the housing sector, including developers, civil engineers, architects, brokers, zoning and planning experts and law practitioners.

To see a complete list of Task Force members click here.

CCEH Collaborates to Accomplish Concord’s Plan to End Homelessness

Steering Committee

CCEH Staff have played an integral role on the Steering Committee for Concord's Plan to End Homelessness.

One of the goals of the City’s Plan to End Homelessness was to create an Executive Level Steering Committee to monitor the goals of the Plan and provide advocacy.  The Steering Committee members are appointed by the City Council and meet quarterly to review progress on the Plan.  Meeting times, dates, agendas and minutes of Steering Committee meetings can be found at the City website.

For more information contact CCEH Executive Director Ellen Groh at ellen@concordhomeless.org

Concord's Plan

The City of Concord, NH adopted a Plan to End Homelessness in April 2014. CCEH has been the lead agency working to implement the goals of the Plan, and the goals of the Plan have provided a blueprint for moving forward in Concord.

Plan to End Homelessness Accomplishments:

In the first half of 2018 the Steering Committee refreshed its priorities under the goals of the Plan. All of CCEH’s goals are in line with these priorities. The updated Plan was presented to the City Council for approval on June 14, 2018.

 Click here to see the Strategic Plan Refreshed Priorities Chart for specific steps to achieve the goals of the Plan.

Open Dialogue with City Officials

To increase affordable housing opportunities, CCEH staff maintain ongoing communication with City officials.

CCEH staff meet individually with City Councilors to apprise them on the progress of our Paths Toward Housing Solutions.

CCEH staff work with City Planning staff to propose regulations that will remove barriers, or provide incentives to create more housing.

CCEH Participates in the Homeless Service Provider Network

Concord Area Provider Network

The Concord area Homeless Service Provider Network is a group of homeless service agencies, public services, and faith communities who meet on a regular basis to share information and collaborate on assisting people who are experiencing homelessness in Concord.

The Provider Network generally meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month, 1:00PM to 2:00PM via Zoom.

To be included on e-mail notifications about monthly meetings and to receive the Zoom login information, please subscribe to our Provider Network e-mail list. You may also receive general notices about CCEH by subscribing to our General Interest e-mail list at the same link.

You can’t solve a problem you don’t understand.

CCEH seeks to fully understand the scope of chronic homelessness here in Concord.

Concord Area Provider Network – The Priority List (By Name list)

You can’t set measurable goals to work down to zero homelessness unless you know, in real-time, where you are at right now. How many people ARE chronically homeless in Concord? Where are they? What are their particular strengths and barriers? Do they have a car? Right now, we estimate that there are 100-150 chronically homeless people in Concord, living in a shelter, in their car, or in an encampment somewhere. But we don’t know for sure how many people there are.

The State of New Hampshire, and our Merrimack Belknap region, have been working for some time to create a Coordinated Entry System and database that will allow us to pin this information down, keep it UPDATED in real time, and SHARE it between agencies so we can work together to get people connected to housing and the level of support they need.

To enhance that effort, CCEH created the new position of Outreach Services Coordinator responsible for making sure that every person who comes into contact with CCEH is accurately included in the Coordinated Entry system. The position will work with all the other agencies conducting various types of outreach in Concord, such as mental health outreach or substance use disorder (SUD) outreach, to make sure everyone THEY come into contact with is in the database, AND will be working to see that all the agencies collaborate and work together effectively to find solutions for each person. All the communities that have ended chronic Homelessness started with this shared database, sometimes called a By Name List, sometimes called a Prioritization List, with the purpose of getting an accurate handle on the exact scope of the issue they are trying to solve, and working together with all the relevant agencies, with shared information, to solve it.

A Special thank you to Our

Arches of Support

In 2021, the below Arches of Support provided $110,000 for CCEH initiatives and programs.