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More Are Homeless In N.H., With Steepest Increase Among Families With Children

Deb Cram/ and Seacoastonline
A homeless person's Somersworth campsite with makeshift table supported by tires with beer cans, coffee cups and water jugs. From series on homelessness by Foster's Daily Democrat reporter Kyle Stucker

Two new reports say more people are without permanent shelter this year. Among the top contributing factors: lack of affordable housing and the opioid crisis. The greatest increase is among families with children, some of whom are living in cars and tents this winter.  We'll get a statewide and regional picture. 


Courtney Bodge -  She lives in Manchester in transitional housing after spending some time homeless in the city. She has three children and is in recovery from addiction.

Cathy Kuhn -  Director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness and vice president of Research and Training for Families In Transition, a non-profit organization that provides housing and social services to homeless individuals and families. 

Ryan Lawliss -  Emergency housing coordinator with  Southwestern Community Services. He manages homeless shelters in Keene.  

Kyle Stucker - Rochester reporter with Foster's Daily Democrat. He has done extensive coverageof homelessness in the seacoast area.   

Kyle Stucker's in-depth coverage, "Homeless on the Seacoast," includes podcasts, photographs, and multiple stories profiling people who are homeless in the seacoast region and those helping them. Visit hereto explore this multimedia series.  

Credit Deb Cram/
Sam, 41, doesn't want to spend the winter in the woods and dreams of a studio apartment to call her own. From the Foster's Daily Democrat series, "Homeless on the Seacoast," by Kyle Stucker.

Credit N.H. Coalition to End Homelessness
A summary of the 2017 report on homelessness in N.H.

Click here, for the full 2017 report on homelessness in New Hampshire by  the N.H. Coalition to End Homelessness. 

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