Eviction issues; assist for electricians; Four extra deaths
CONCORD (AP) – New Hampshire housing experts warn that evictions could increase later this summer as tenant protection and improved unemployment benefits increase as a result of the coronavirus pandemic outage.
The New Hampshire eviction moratorium expires July 1, and the CARES federal eviction ban ends July 25th. The additional $ 600 weekly unemployment benefit under the CARES Act ends July 31st.
This presents tenants with challenges, reports Caledonian-Record. Many lost jobs during the pandemic and were in need of state and federal assistance.
“We are very capable of waiting for the other shoe to fall,” said Ben Frost of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority during a housing needs appeal led by Senator Maggie Hassan on Monday. “It seems like this perfect storm is likely coming together in August. You can see the radar, you can see it coming.”
Nearly half of New Hampshire renters were spending 50% or more of their income on housing prior to the outbreak.
New Hampshire plans to distribute $ 35 million in CARES Act funding for housing assistance, half the “conservative estimate” recommended by the state Housing Finance Authority.
Other Coronavirus-Related Developments in New Hampshire:
Help for electricians, contractors
Bill, backed by a group of U.S. Senators, including New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, would help electricians, HVAC technicians and other workers in the energy efficiency industry during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill would help the energy efficiency sector maintain jobs and invest in training to create new opportunities for the workforce, Democrat Shaheen said in a statement on Wednesday. It would provide grants so that companies can get their employees back on board and invest in them. It would also create discounts for homeowners to invest in energy efficiency improvements.
It’s called the Hope for Homes Act of 2020.
Shaheen noted that the energy efficiency industry, which employed more than 2.3 million Americans prior to the pandemic, was hit hard by the pandemic, shedding more than 400,000 jobs.
Four more deaths were announced by health officials on Tuesday, bringing the number of state casualties to 347 (about 6% of all cases). All four deceased were 60 years or older, including two men in Rockingham County and one woman and one man in Hillsborough County.
Most of the deaths in the state occurred in long-term care facilities.
Officials announced 27 new positive test results for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. There were now 5,598 cases from 111,566 tests. According to the report, 4,358 people are confirmed as recovered (around 78% of all cases).
No new cases were reported at the hospital as of Tuesday, bringing the total to 558 for the state (about 10% of all cases).
Of the people with complete information among the 27 new cases, there is one under the age of 18 and the rest are adults, with 70% women and 30% men. They live in Hillsborough Counties other than Manchester and Nashua (5), Cheshire (2), Merrimack (2), Grafton (1), Rockingham (1), Strafford (1) and Sullivan (1) and in the cities of Manchester ( 11) and Nashua (2). The place of residence has not yet been determined for a new case.
The Deerfield Fair announced on Wednesday that this year’s celebrations will be canceled due to the coronavirus.
The 144th fair was planned for October 1st to 4th.
“The health and well-being of our members, the community, providers, exhibitors and employees are important to us,” said a statement from the organization.
The fair for next year is planned for September 30th to October 30th. 3.
Crotched Mountain, which serves people with disabilities, said it is closing its greenfield campus after facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus.
By November 1, “we plan to have no more residents on campus or in our off-campus homes with adult groups,” said Ned Olney, president and CEO of the Crotched Mountain Foundation, in a letter to the community on Tuesday.
He said other programs would continue, such as Ready Set Connect Autism Centers and Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports.
Crotched Mountain first opened a rehabilitation center in 1953 to support people with polio.
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