Stafford House repairs supported by city-sponsored app for $500k Community Development Block Grant

LACONIA — The City Council this week endorsed the application of the Laconia Housing Authority for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to fund renovation of the Stafford House, widely known as The Tavern, at 7 Church Street, which houses low-income individuals and households in 50 studio and one-bedroom units.

In 2013 the Resident Buildings Group of Concord undertook an energy audit and needs assessment of the building, which was constructed in 1913. The firm's report and recommendations will serve as the basis for immediate improvements and long-term maintenance.

Jenn Mohoholland-Black, a resident of The Tavern, told the council, "we get out in the community," adding that she volunteered for the Got Lunch program and mentored at the Middle School. "We need a roof too," she continued. "We need a home too, we need a start too. We need help anyway we can get it." She said that the building is poorly heated and the pipes leak.

Services, including meals, housekeeping and personal care, are provided to some 15 residents of The Tavern, among them the elderly and disabled. "We have a great staff who take care of us," Moholland-Black said.