The New Hampshire Council on Housing Stability was established by Governor Christopher Sununu with Executive Order 2020-22 on November 18, 2020. The Council brings together a broad base of diverse stakeholders for the purposes of developing and implementing a plan to create housing stability for all citizens of the State of New Hampshire. In doing so, the Council is tasked with addressing a broad-based set of challenges and providing short- and long-term recommendations to support planning, policy and resource allocation for statewide, regional and local community-based efforts.
The Council’s first order of business was to submit an initial plan to Governor Sununu by December 14, 2020. The initial plan will inform immediate actions that support the goals of the Council and sets a framework that will guide the long-term strategy to be developed over the coming months. The “New Hampshire Council on Housing Stability Initial Report and Action Plan” dated December 14, 2020 can be found here. The plan was approved unanimously by the Council on Friday, December 11, 2020.
The Council will continue to meet throughout the winter and spring to develop and implement a long-term plan to address the evolving housing stability needs for all citizens of the State of New Hampshire. To complete this comprehensive plan, four primary workgroups have been established to address priority areas of focus, including: planning and regulation; data analytics and integration; housing instability and homelessness system; and regional leadership and coordination.
The public can remain apprised of the Council’s progress via its website: www.nhchs.org.
Per the establishing Executive Order, the Council is being led by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority.