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Concord Homeless Camp To Be Cleared For Planned Mixed-use Development — NHPR, September 13, 2021

The woman calling herself Zelda wears pink eyeshadow and doesn’t want to be living in the tent in the woods along the Merrimack River. If she had her way, the New Hampshire native would be inside a house in a sunnier locale, like Savannah, Georgia or maybe Beverly Hills. She is already on several waiting lists for housing but “Just because you have all your ducks in a row doesn’t mean you don’t have to wait,” Zelda said. “Very patiently.”

Later this month, she will abandon her temporary home not to move to a warmer climate, but because the owner of the land south of Black Hill Road in Concord near Exit 13 off Interstate 93 wants to develop the forested area where she and a dozen or so other people experiencing homelessness are living.  Click here to read the full article.

Pandemic Disrupts Routine of Those Facing Homelessness — Concord Monitor, April 3, 2021

“Does anyone want to talk with a reporter about how COVID-19 has changed their lives?” asked [Julie Green, Case Manager at the Concord Resource Center for the Homeless]. The room erupted into wry laughter. The question seemed absurd because the pandemic has changed virtually every aspect of their daily routines, one of the men in the shelter, Max Starkey, later explained. A more appropriate question might have been how the pandemic hadn’t affected their lives. Click here to read the full article.

NH Prepares for Yearly Count of People Experiencing Homelessness — NHPR, Jan 26, 2021

New Hampshire will move forward with its yearly count of individuals experiencing homelessness on Wednesday January 27th. Each year, communities across the country use one day in January to get a snapshot of the number of people experiencing homelessness. This data informs what kind of support and funding are needed at a federal and local level. Click here to read or listen to the full article.

After a long ride, Shay gets her day — Concord Monitor, Jan 9, 2021

She bounced on a bed — her bed — like a kid on a trampoline. She stuck her hand under the bathroom faucet, thrilled the water was hot. She marveled over the kitchen, with its fridge and stove. This was appreciation in its purest form. That’s what happens when a 42-year-old woman like Shay Utter — who was homeless in Concord for 14 years….suddenly finds herself with a thick mattress and heat. Click here to read the full article.


The state’s 211NH helpline ringing with calls for shelter beds that are few and far betweenManchester Ink Link, Nov 18, 2020

Since Friday New Horizons has had to turn away 10 people who came seeking shelter from the cold. Beds are full. On Monday the NH211 census showed a total of only 9 beds available in the state. The CEO of Granite State United Way points to the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, which in 2018 opened the doors to a 40-bed winter shelter. Click here to read the full article.

On Green Street, high ceilings and low rent for the formerly homelessConcord Monitor, Nov 9, 2020

Ellen Groh and Leslie Fincke, the lead voices and faces for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, turned into tour guides showing four apartments on Green Street that will be separated by walls and doors, not trees and tents. . Click here to read the rest of the article.

Officials in Manchester, Concord working on plans to shelter the homeless during winterWMUR News 9, Nov 9, 2020

As winter approaches, Gov. Chris Sununu is working with homeless coalitions to locate additional shelter beds for the homeless. CCEH’s Ellen Groh spoke with WMUR on the need for a statewide solution. Click here to view the broadcast

Merrimack County Savings Bank pledges $75,000 to help build apartments for homeless – Concord Monitor, April 22, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness is continuing its efforts to try to provide long-term housing and other resources to those at risk… Click here to read the rest of the article

Agencies that assist homeless working together more now than everConcord Monitor, April 17, 2020

When the state’s leaders in the fight against homelessness talk, it’s good to listen. And when they say more stability is needed at the top, more defined leadership, more of a framework to stitch this patchwork of nonprofits together, you can believe it… Click here to read the rest of the article

Concord homeless shelter badly in need of volunteers at busiest time of the yearConcord Monitor, January 21, 2020

Some of them have long histories of struggles with mental health or addiction. Others became homeless after losing a job, or losing their home to a fire, or when a landlord decided to sell. A few have sought refuge in Concord’s Emergency Winter Shelter after escaping unhealthy relationships… Click here to read the rest of the article


Community to gather at State House Plaza on Thursday to honor homeless lost in 2019 – Concord Monitor, December 18, 2019

Community members will gather with candles in hand at the State House Plaza on Thursday afternoon to honor the state’s homeless who lost their lives this year.

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is honored nationwide, usually on the longest night of the year, the winter solstice. In Concord, the day will be honored two days early on Thursday at 4 p.m… Click here to read the rest of the article

As Concord faces first winter storm, cold-weather shelter remains closed – Concord Monitor, December 2, 2019

As the first major storm of the winter season makes its way through Concord, the city’s largest cold-weather shelter will remain closed. Officials say the closure is indicative of a gap in care for people in the capital city experiencing homelessness… Click here to read the rest of the article

Coalition to End Homelessness launches campaign to build permanent housing in downtown Concord – Concord Monitor, November 7, 2019

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… Click here to read the rest of the article

Concord’s homeless resource center officially named the Tom Fredenburg House – Concord Monitor, October 29, 2019

Signs everywhere at 238 N. Main St. show how much Tom Fredenburg cared. Literally, on Thursday night, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness displayed signs throughout its resource center, named in Fredenburg’s honor… Click here to read the rest of the article

Homeless Coalition’s apartments get green light Concord Monitor, July 11, 2019

Land use boards often hear plenty of testimony that has little to do with the clinical nature of whether a proposed use or variance fits with city building codes.

The discussion Wednesday night surrounding a proposal for housing the homeless in downtown Concord was no exception… Click here to read the rest of the article.


Downtown: Homeless winter shelter opens in two weeks – Concord Monitor, December 2, 2018

A few firsts for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness are on the horizon.  One, their long-awaited winter shelter is expected to open its doors at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17…  Click here to read the rest of the article.

While the homeless struggle, hope sits on the horizonConcord Monitor, December 22, 2018

Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger has been around, seen a lot and tried to help.  He’s the minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord. He received his master’s of divinity in Chicago, where he saw big-city homelessness up close…  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Downtown: With winter shelter nearly finished, Concord homelessness coalition eyes the future Concord Monitor, May 20, 2018

The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness’s new winter emergency shelter is almost complete.  The four walls at the 238 N. Main St. building have been raised, the windows installed, the doors fitted and locked tight. Still to come are the bathrooms and the flooring, the 40 beds that will give the city’s most vulnerable population shelter against harsh weather that – as summer approaches – almost feels like a distant memory… Click here to read the rest of the article.

Programs aim to shelter homeless amid push to remove illegal campsites – Concord Monitor, April 28, 2018

Debby Eckland says she wants to sign up.She wants a place to live, a real place to live, not a small space under some branches and twigs, like her winter home behind the Friendly Kitchen used to be…  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Behind the resource center, shelter from the storm is coming Concord Monitor, March 9, 2018

For homeless people in the city, it’s almost time for bed. A walk behind the Concord Homeless Resource Center near downtown reveals a long, narrow building with workers hammering windows and floors into place.There, perhaps by the end of the month, a new building with a smooth blue paint job will dominate the area beyond the view from North Main Street, where 40 beds will be available for the homeless beginning next winter…  Click here to read the rest of the article.


Downtown: Winter Homeless Shelter Looks Towards the Future Concord Monitor, October 8, 2017

As the leaves change and the natural world prepares to shut down for winter, Ellen Groh has a front-row seat to growth going on right outside her office window. Her view might be just be a patch of dirt, torn-up vegetation and an excavator for now, but come winter, the executive director of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness is hoping her view will change… Click here to read the rest of the article.

Local Businesses Work to End Homelessness – Concord Monitor, October 4, 2017

I am writing with a big shout out and thank you to the business community of Greater Concord! Nineteen businesses stepped up and partnered with the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness on business tax credits through CDFA, supporting the construction of a winter shelter for those most in need in our community… Click here to read the rest of the article.

Concord Homeless Advocates Launch Fundraising Campaign for Shelter, Operations – Concord Monitor, June 14, 2017

A Concord nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness is reaching out to the public for the financial backing to establish a stable cold-weather shelter and run it for three years. The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness launched a campaign Wednesday that seeks $528,000 in private donations to go along with various other sources totaling $1.63 million… Click here to read the rest of the article.