Invoice would assist electricians, contractors; honest canceled

CONCORD, NH (AP) – A bill backed by a group of U.S. Senators, including New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, aims to 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.

Other Coronavirus-Related Developments in New Hampshire:

NO FAIR

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, suppliers, 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.

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BROKEN MOUNTAIN

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 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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HOUSING CONDITIONS

New Hampshire housing experts warn that evictions could pick up later this summer as tenant protection and unemployment benefits increase in the wake 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 to come 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.

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THE PAYMENT

As of Wednesday, 5,598 people in New Hampshire had tested positive for the virus, an increase from 27. Four new deaths were reported, a total of 347 people who have died from the coronavirus.

The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people. For some, especially older adults and the sick, it can cause more serious illness and death.

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