First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas are among the officials who helped break ground on a new apartment building for homeless families Thursday.
Families in Transition President Maureen Beauregard says the six, two-bedroom apartments at the Hayward Street Housing Development won’t come close to meeting the demand.
The organization receives more than 4,000 referrals each year from families in need of housing.
“You know, we need thousands more units. But at least we’re doing something. We’re showing, we’re demonstrating that it can be done. And it can be done effectively. And at the end of the day, we house six more families.”
The facility is expected to open by March of next year.
Beauregard says the project is being funded through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Families in Transition applied for the funding through the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority.