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NEW! “Working The Housing Problem” Episodes Explore Process of Housing Development in Communities

Thousands of New Hampshire residents are struggling to find affordable and inviting housing in their communities. This program, in partnership with NHPBS explores the process that takes place in New Hampshire cities looking to create the new housing units our state needs to help solve the housing crisis.

Episode 1 “Cities” can be streamed here:

Episode 2 “Towns” can be streamed here:

NH OPD Planning Lunches At Noon Webinar “It’s Zoning Amendment Time…..Again!” August 17

Join Stephanie N. Verdile, Principal Planner at the Office of Planning and Development (OPD) and C. Christine Johnston, Attorney at Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law, for an overview and introduction to the regulation amendment process for zoning and historic ordinances as well as building and fire codes. Stephanie and Christine will also offer best practices and tips for board members and planning staff on how to prepare and get through the amendment process.

Why buying or renting a home in NH feels so out of reach

From NHPR – New Hampshire Housing and the New Hampshire Association of Realtors recently released a pair of reports to validate your frustration.
The latest Residential Rental Cost Survey Report from New Hampshire Housing shows the vacancy rate for rental units remains near a historic low, with less than one percent of units open. A more balanced market, according to New Hampshire Housing, would see a vacancy rate of 5% for renters and landlords — but that hasn’t been the case for more than a decade.

NH rents rise 11.4% in year, top $2k a month in some areas

From The Union Leader – Rents for a two-bedroom apartment surged 11.4% statewide in the past year to $1,764 a month, with few units on the market. Grafton and Hillsborough counties faced the state’s highest median rents, surpassing $2,000 a month and requiring more than $80,000 in annual income to afford a two-bedroom unit, according to a report from New Hampshire Housing released Wednesday. The statewide median household income for a renter in New Hampshire is estimated at $51,432 — enough to afford only 7% of all two-bedroom apartments, the report said. Only 6% of such apartments were affordable in Hillsborough County for those making the county’s median renter income of $55,538. “It’s startling,” Ben Frost, New Hampshire Housing’s deputy executive director and chief legal officer, said by phone Wednesday. “There’s so little housing that is affordable to renters.”

NH Housing Toolbox Training Being Offered Through June!

The NH Housing Toolbox is a collection of twenty planning and zoning strategies for housing production in New Hampshire communities. In June, you can attend an upcoming series of virtual training sessions to learn more about the toolbox and do a deep-dive on specific tools. Sign Up!

High Rental Rates A Problem for Employers Retaining Essential Workers

“Rental costs in New Hampshire have shot up over the past decade, as the supply of available housing has tightened. Last year, less than 1% of apartments were open at any given time — well below the 5% vacancy rate that experts consider a balanced market, according to New Hampshire Housing.”

ACT NOW to Support SB145 Housing Champions

From our friends at 603 Forward, “The future of our communities + economy depend on NH lawmakers taking immediate action to build more housing.For the sake of NH families, workers + young people, show state lawmakers that you demand action by sending a 1-click email now.”

Commentary: Access to affordable housing and childcare are key to growing NH’s workforce

Comment from Senator Becky Whitley and Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, who are the prime sponsor of SB 145. “According to New Hampshire housing experts, the largest factor driving the housing shortage is local land use regulations—zoning policies that make building homes exceedingly difficult across the state. That’s why the Housing Champions Program introduced in Senate Bill 145 is so critical. We need to incentivize New Hampshire communities to support a growing housing inventory, attract and retain more workers, and fortify the state’s economic advantage.”