Senate Passes SB 140, Making Critical Appropriations to Homeless Services and Family Resource Center
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3207
CONCORD – Today, the Senate passed SB 140, which makes various critical appropriations to the Department of Health & Human Services, including funding for the state’s homeless shelter system to enhance case management, and funding to help expand the ability of family resource centers to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families.
After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement:
“Passage of SB 140 allows us to directly respond to the needs of some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. By investing in our homeless shelter system, we can ensure improved case management, which means that those experiencing homelessness will get critical support in housing navigation, medical and behavioral health services access, mainstream benefit application, employment support services, and any additional services that will help them move into permanent housing—decreasing the length of time that they remain homeless. Further, the funding this bill provides to help expand our state’s family resource centers will let these centers delivery primary prevention services to at-risk families including trauma mitigation, home visiting, kinship navigation, and helping grandparents raising their grandchildren. Both of these measures prioritize prevention and intervention, and include efforts that will improve outcomes for the safety, wellbeing, and success of children and families in our communities.”