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Citizens Bank Foundation partners with NH Coalition to End Homelessness

$100,000 contribution will help 38 homeless shelters across NH meet staggering needs


Manchester, N.H.    (November 30, 2009) - The Citizens Bank Foundation today announced it is providing a $100,000 contribution to the NH Coalition to End Homelessness to help homeless shelters across the state provide assistance to the increased number of individuals and families who are in need of heat, housing, food and social services.  The NH Coalition to End Homelessness will distribute the funds to 38 area homeless shelter in grants ranging from $2,250-$7,000.

“This year, New Hampshire is expected to experience an unprecedented number of families turning to shelters for housing, for food, for support – and they are staying for even longer periods of time,” said Cathleen A. Schmidt, President, Citizens Bank, New Hampshire. “We recognize the challenges these shelters face and hope these grants will help to provide safe and welcoming alternatives to those people in our communities who do not have the resources to heat their homes and put food on the table.”

The latest numbers on homelessness in New Hampshire continue to be overwhelming.  According to the Coalition, 5,209 individuals stayed at New Hampshire’s state-sponsored homeless shelters in state fiscal year 2008. In addition, the length of time that individuals stayed in state-sponsored shelters rose from 31 days in 1998 to 50.5 days in 2008, and one out of every five people who stay in New Hampshire state-sponsored shelters are children.

According to Keith Kuenning, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, the number of homeless school aged children could reach record numbers in New Hampshire this year.

“Based on figures we’re getting from the NH Department of Education, for the 2009-2010 school year, the number of homeless school age children could reach as high as 3,000,” said Kuenning.  “This represents a significant increase from the nearly 2,200 homeless students who attended NH schools in the 2007-2008 school year.

New Hampshire shelters that will benefit from the donations are:  A Safe Place in Portsmouth, Rochester and Salem; Bridge House in Plymouth, Bridges in Nashua, Child and Family Services in Manchester, Community Improvement Associates in Keene, Cross Roads House in Portsmouth, Families in Transition in Manchester, First Congregational Church, UCC in Concord, Greater Nashua Interfaith Hospitality Network, Harbor Homes in Nashua, Headrest in Lebanon, Helping Hands Outreach Ministries in Manchester, Keystone Hall in Nashua, Laconia Area Community Land Trust Transitional Housing Program in Laconia, Merrimack County Rape and Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Concord, Monadnock Area Housing Coalition in Keene, Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention in Keene, My Friends Place in Dover, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter in Nashua, New Beginnings – A Women’s Crisis Center in Laconia,  New Generations in Greenland, New Horizons for New Hampshire in Manchester,  RESPONSE to Sexual and Domestic Violence in Berlin, A Safe Place in Portsmouth, Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Conway, The Friends Emergency Housing Program in Concord, The Salvation Army Carey House in Laconia, The Salvation Army McKenna House in Concord, The Support Center at Burch House in Littleton, The Way Home in Manchester, Tri-County CAP Homeless Programs’ Ten Bricks Emergency Shelter, Turning Points Network,  the Tyler Blain House Shelter in Lancaster, Angie’s Shelter for Women in Manchester, Voices Against Violence in Plymouth, WISE (Women’s Information and Services) in Lebanon, YWCA Crisis Services in Manchester.

About the Citizens Bank Foundation

Citizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation’s support is focused on housing, community development and basic human needs.