Harbor Homes, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established in 1980 that serves low-income, vulnerable New Hampshire community members throughout the entire state, with a focus on the Greater Nashua and Southern New Hampshire regions, including Nashua, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Mason, Manchester, and Wilton. We provide high quality residential, primary and behavioral health care, and supportive services to more than 1,200 low-income individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or living with mental illness and other disabilities each year.
An award-winning leader in ending homelessness within New Hampshire and the nation, Harbor Homes recognizes that there are many overlapping, complex factors that contribute to a person’s decline into poverty and homelessness. Unemployment, poor physical health and inadequate access to health care, domestic violence,untreated substance use and mental health disorders, disabilities, legal troubles, low levels of education, and a lack of family and social supports all play a role. We go beyond providing food, shelter, and basic needs through an integrated, holistic approach to housing and care that helps New Hampshire’s families gain and maintain sustainable independence. Our services include:
- Affordable housing with supportive services provided on-site to more than 700 households, through over 400 units of emergency, transitional, permanent supportive, and income-based rental housing
- Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center: Greater Nashua’s community health care center offering primary and preventive health care at no cost to homeless and low-income community members
- Mental health and behavioral health care, including crisis interventions
- Workforce development and employment assistance
- Case management
- Veterans FIRST: a combination of housing, employment, and supportive services for veterans and their families
- Homeless prevention services and rapid rehousing services
Most of our services are free of charge. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay.
Harbor Homes also acts as a Community Development Corporation, creating more than 400 units of affordable housing and commercial space in low-income neighborhoods since 1982, primarily through the purchase and redevelopment of dilapidated, abandoned and foreclosed properties. This type of activity stimulates neighborhood revitalization and community economic development, creating a better community for all.
Harbor Homes maintains its status as a leader in ending homelessness within New Hampshire and nationally, by:
- Establishing and maintaining high standards of housing, health care, and supportive services that are evidence-based, best-practices
- Advocating for the needs of low-income community members, veterans, individuals with mental illness, and other vulnerable populations
- Generating community awareness, education, understanding and support around homelessness, poverty, health care, and mental health care
In addition to the direct services provided by Harbor Homes, clients have access to a full continuum of care through the Partnership for Successful Living member-agencies, a collaboration of six affiliated not-for-profit organizations that provide New Hampshire’s most vulnerable community members with access to affordable and supportive housing, health care, behavioral health care, education, employment, and supportive services. Harbor Homes is able to better coordinate and deliver a comprehensive array of interventions designed to empower low-income individuals and families, and ultimately build a stronger community. Outcomes are enhanced through this Partnership model.
Harbor Homes is proud to be New Hampshire’s largest provider of permanent supportive housing for the homeless and homeless veteran-specific housing. The number of homeless individuals in Greater Nashua decreased by more than 70% in recent years and, statewide, the number of un-sheltered homeless veterans decreased to a low of just 11 individuals in 2012. These incredible results wouldn’t be possible without the support of ourfunders, collaborators and the community. To learn more about how you or your business can be an agent of change in our communities, visit our Donate page or Contact Us for more information.