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“Homeless for the Holidays” in NH

December 9, 2008

Concord, NH – Calls to the New Hampshire "homeless hotline" are up by 400 in just one month. Four thousand more people have applied for Food Stamps. And there's been a 400 percent increase in fuel assistance applications. Those are some of the statistics that tell the story of what Granite State residents are facing in the economic crisis.

Keith Kuenning is the executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness.

"The word I keep hearing is 'unprecedented.' Unprecedented need, unprecedented troubles, a lot of people experiencing, basically, economic homelessness."

There are plans to open a third overflow shelter in Concord soon, and those knocking on the door for help across the state come from all demographics, according to Kuenning.

"Talking to the local shelters, they have been seeing more elderly, but they've also been seeing a lot more
19-to-24-year-olds."

Kuenning notes this spike in requests for help comes at a time when the state unemployment rate is at just over four percent, and there are predictions it will top seven percent next year. On the plus side, he says, the state has been pitching in to strengthen assistance, even with a looming budget crisis.

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - NH