LACONIA — Citizens Bank Foundation has awarded grants totalling $72,500 to help individuals and families facing homelessness
Among the grant recipients were New Beginnings Without Violence and Abuse which was awarded $2,500 for the Changing Patterns, Changing Lives program, which works with victims to increase financial literacy, food security and overall well-being so they can lead a more self-sufficient life.
"At a time when they are experiencing a significant increase in demand, homeless shelters remain committed to assisting the many individuals and families requiring guidance, help and support," said Joe Carelli, President of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New Hampshire. "We recognize the challenges these shelters face and hope these grants will ensure safety and stability, warm meals and other essential services for those in need."
According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services, the state's total homeless population was 2,576 as of January 2013, a 5.4 percent increase over 2012. This included 1,243 sheltered and 442 unsheltered homeless, and 891 who were temporarily residing with family or friends. 418 families are currently homeless in New Hampshire.