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Amid Complaints, Manchester Moves to Improve Services for Homeless

Allegra Boverman for NHPR


The city of Manchester is moving ahead with a plan to improve services for the homeless.


The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a plan Tuesday night after complaints from homeless residents about the quality of shelters -- as well as complaints from businesses and residents about homeless encampments in the city center and parks.


The city will put $70,000 into keeping the New Horizons shelter open during the day. Another $130,000 from Manchester's existing funds for homelessness will be appropriated for upgrading the shelter building.


The city will also install portable toilets in one of the parks used most often by homeless. 


Mayor Joyce Craig said there will be some ongoing costs to the proposals, which will be carried over into next year’s budget. 


Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.
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