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Manchester Emergency Housing Assistance Program

Published: 01/26/2021 2:46 PM

The City of Manchester has launched the Manchester Emergency Housing Assistance Program as a resource and tool for renters and homeowners to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is being offered as a part of the City’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Support Program.  This important initiative is being supported with Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus funding from the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Housing payments may cover a combination of arrearages and/or up to three (3) consecutive months following approved application of rent, mortgage or utility expenses that amount to $4,500.00.

Assistance is available to renters and homeowners living in the City of Manchester that are low or moderate income as defined by HUD. This program is offered in partnership with Southern New Hampshire Services. The application and the full list of eligibility requirements, eligible expenses, and required supporting documentation is available online at https://www.snhs.org/


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 647-4470 or via e-mail housingassistance@snhs.org.


Public Draft of Manchester Master Plan

Published: 11/20/2020 4:19 PM

The Manchester Planning Board is pleased to announce that a draft of the 2020 Manchester Master Plan is available for public review and comment.  The Board would welcome any and all comments on the plan.  In an effort to release a copy to the public as soon as possible, the draft is not in a completely polished form.  The Board is aware of typographical errors and is working to address those while the draft is out for public review. 

Please submit all comments by Friday, December 18.  Comments can be submitted either by e-mailing masterplan@manchesternh.gov or by mail to:

Manchester Planning Boad

care of the Manchester Planning and Community Development Department

1 City Hall Plaza

Manchester, NH 03101

2020 Analysis of Impediment to Fair Housing Choice

Published: 07/31/2020 2:42 PM


(2020 HUD Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice - City of Manchester, NH)

In accordance with the City of Manchester’s Citizen Participation Plan notice is hereby given that as part of the development process of the City’s HUD 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, the City of Manchester Planning & Community Development Department has prepared a draft of the 2020 HUD Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The draft will be available for public review during a 15 day comment period beginning Monday, August 3, 2020 through Monday, August 17, 2020.

As a recipient of US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, the City is required to develop an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in order to orient its obligation to ‘affirmatively further fair housing’ (AFFH). AFFH is a legal requirement for the City to further the purposes of the Fair Housing Act. For some Manchester residents, housing choices can be constrained through housing discrimination, the operation of housing markets, investment choices by holders of capital, the history and geography of regions, and patterns of development and the built environment. These factors and others can result in discrimination, concentrated areas of poverty, and unequal access to vital community assets that can shape life outcomes.

The analysis includes a review of applicable City policies, practices, and procedures resulting in the development of a plan of action to eliminate or improve identified conditions that limit fair housing choice. The following impediments to fair housing choice are identified for the City of Manchester through the analysis: Insufficient (1) Quality Affordable Housing; (2) Crime and Safety; (3) Housing Options for the Homeless/ At-risk of Homeless; (4) Language and Cultural Barriers; (5) Insufficient Fair Housing Information, Training, Education and Outreach; (6) Insufficient Public Transportation and Services Outside the Center City; and (7) Discrimination Practices.

Copies of the draft 2020 HUD Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice will be available for public inspection for 15 days beginning on August 3, 2020 at the following locations during regular business hours:

Planning & Community Development Department

City of Manchester

One City Hall Plaza

Manchester, NH 03101

Available digitally at: http://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/Planning-and-Comm-Dev/Community-Improvement-Program/HUD-Submittals

Questions regarding the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice may be addressed to Julia Vieira in the Planning and Community Development Department at 624-6450.

The public is encouraged to submit comments on the proposed Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice through August 17, 2020.  Written comments can be submitted by mail to the City of Manchester Department of Planning and Community Development, Community Improvement Program, One City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH 03101 or digitally via e-mail to jvieira@manchesternh.gov .

Signed: Leon L. LaFreniere, AICP

Director of Planning and Community Development


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