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History

In the spring of 2008, a group of service providers and faith based organizations came together with the goal of coordinating their efforts to end homelessness in Concord. From this, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) was born in June of 2008.

In December 2008, CCEH began operating the Day Resource Center (now the Concord Homeless Resource Center) in the basement of South Congregational Church. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation provided funding for a part-time director. In April, 2011 the Resource Center moved to 6B South State Street, in a space that was generously provided by South Congregational Church, with renovation work generously donated Cobb Hill Construction. On May 1, 2015, we moved to our new location on 238 North Main Street.

Over the years, CCEH has coordinated financial support for dental care for homeless people; hosted a seminar on Permanent Supportive Housing for all the stakeholders in Concord; sponsored Project Homeless Connect, a day-long event where homeless people can connect with community services and goods; and coordinated a cold-weather shelter for families with children.

Most recently, CCEH led community efforts to oppose an ordinance that would have banned panhandling. We worked with city officials and others to ensure that the City of Concord could address safety concerns (people asking for money in the roadways) without infringing on the constitutional rights of Concord residents. We also helped to lift up the voices of homeless men and women who were being thrown out of their campsites on public land and who had no other place to go.

Members of CCEH Board of Directors worked with Mayor Bouley and numerous stakeholders on a mayoral Steering Committee to create Concord’s Plan to End Homelessness, which was adopted by the City Council on April 14, 2014. CCEH is taking the lead to coordinate implementation of this plan, and address the underlying causes of homelessness in this community.