Compass House Provides New Sober Living Option for Women
Lakes Region Community Developers (LRCD), Horizons Counseling Center, and Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region are partnering to create Compass House, a group home for women in recovery. Compass House will be located at 658 Union Avenue, Laconia and will accommodate up to eight women at a time.
LRCD is renovating the building, which previously served as its headquarters. Horizons will operate Compass House with support from Navigating Recovery. Renovations at Compass House are underway by Martini Northern. Construction is scheduled to be complete early this winter.
Compass House will provide a congregate living environment for women who have completed a residential treatment program for substance use disorder. Guests at Compass House must not have a household income over 80% of the area median income. Horizons plans to start accepting applications for Compass House this winter.
Financing for Compass House is provided by New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority via a special appropriation that the New Hampshire Legislature made to the state’s Affordable Housing Fund in 2017, specifically to increase housing options for people in recovery from substance use disorder or those experiencing a mental illness. The New Hampshire Women’s Foundation also provided a grant for furnishings at Compass House.
For more details about Compass House click here.
LRCD Welcomes Kristy Pearce
We are excited to introduce you to Kristy Pearce, our new Resident Services Coordinator. (We bid a fond farewell to Kerri Lowe this summer, as she moved on to head up the new Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team at the Family Resource Center.)
Kristy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire.
Her background has been working with adults and children in New Hampshire since 2012. She is coming to LRCD from HealthFirst Family Care Center where she has worked as a Counselor and Case Manager. Kristy has extensive experience in connecting families to local and state resources to help them thrive.
Save the Date
Come visit the new Court Street Neighborhood Center and LRCD Headquarters!
Thursday, November 14
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
193 Court Street, Laconia
Hosted in conjunction with the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce as part of their Business After Hours event series.
NGM Insurance Buys Tax Credits
NGM Insurance Company has made a generous pledge to purchase $100,000 of our CDFA tax credits to support our Harriman Hill Homes development in Wolfeboro. Harriman Hill Homes will be a development of 20 affordable starter homes for families who make between 75% and 120% of median income (roughly $52,000 to $83,000 for a family of four).
The proceeds of our tax credit sales, coupled with grant funding, will help offset the cost of the road, water, and sewer infrastructure for the development so that we can keep the home prices affordable for our target market. Thank you to NGM Insurance Company for helping us build desperately needed starter homes in the Lakes Region!
$150,000 in NH Business Tax Credits Still Available!
Green Tip - Don't Rake Those Leaves Away
As a NeighborWorks America Green Designated Organization, we have incorporated green practices across all our lines of business, and we strive to inspire our community to choose green practices for their homes and businesses. We hope you enjoy our monthly Green Tip.
Instead of raking the leaves and gathering them in trash bags to be collected by the garbage man, why not put them to good use? Fallen leaves are great for using as natural mulch. Not only will using them save you money from buying mulch, but they will also help to enrich your soil, lock in moisture and protect your plants from the cold temperatures of the fast-approaching winter season.
When using leaves as a mulch, make sure to shred them first with a mulching mower, shredder or leaf blower on the vacuum setting. A light layer of small, thin leaves applied without first being shredded is fine, but for the most part, shredding is important. Adding too thick of a layer of leaves can block air and water from penetrating the ground. Thick layers of leaves can also do the exact opposite—locking in too much moisture, potentially damaging the plants that need well-drained soil or are susceptible to rot and other fungal diseases.
Once a layer of small and/or shredded leaves is applied to your beds, you can add the remainder to your compost bin, pack them up in bags for spring mulch use or you can dispose of the rest according to your city or town’s guidelines, such as raking them to the curb for collection, bagging them for pickup or delivery them to a municipal compost pile. You can also use a mulching mower to chop up a thin layer to be left on your lawn as a nitrogen-rich fertilizer.