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 will renovate 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.
“This project is a great example of the work we seek to do under our expanded mission,” said Carmen Lorentz, LRCD’s Executive Director. “We have almost 30 years of real estate development experience, and we are pleased to put this expertise to work to meet a wider range of housing and community development needs in the region, in partnership with other organizations.”
Throughout its history, LRCD has focused on developing rental homes for families of low income. It now also develops affordable starter homes and community facilities such as Compass House.
“Many women in recovery in our community, especially women of low income, do not have access to a safe, affordable, and supportive housing option,” said Jacqui Abikoff, Executive Director of Horizons Counseling Center. “Compass House will fill this long-standing gap in recovery supports in the Lakes Region.”
Horizons Counseling Center has provided quality outpatient substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders treatment and recovery services in the Lakes Region since 1987. Horizons currently manages the Belknap County Recovery Court and provides substance use disorder treatment and case management services for the Corrections Opportunity for Recovery and Education (C.O.R.E) program at the Belknap County Department of Corrections.
Each guest at Compass House will be paired with a trained recovery coach from Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region. The guest will work with her coach to create, follow, and update a recovery wellness plan to serve as a roadmap for her as she moves toward independent living.
“When a person in recovery lives in a supportive environment like Compass House, she is much more likely to stay in recovery,” said Daisy Pierce, Executive Director of Navigating Recovery. “Compass House will help us ensure that women in recovery in the Lakes Region have access to this critical recovery support.”
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.
Photo caption: (L to R) Carmen Lorentz, Executive Director of Lakes Region Community Developers; Jacqui Abikoff, Executive Director of Horizons Counseling Center; and Daisy Pierce, Executive Director of Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region stand in front of the future home of Compass House at 658 Union Ave, Laconia.
LRCD’s new headquarters and Court Street Neighborhood Center are now up and running at 193 Court Street, Laconia. Although we still have some finishing touches to complete, LRCD staff are now working from the new space and gearing up to offer a range of new community building and engagement programming at the Neighborhood Center. LRCD is also pleased to welcome the Central Region staff of Granite United Way as tenants of 193 Court Street.
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Thursday, November 14
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
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Summer Community Building Activities
Our 2018 resident survey indicated that LRCD residents wanted more community building events at their properties to help them get to know their neighbors better. This summer, our UNH intern, Ally Crowley, helped organize a fantastic series of resident events, including BBQs, ice cream socials, and the creation of a four-square court with young resident leaders at our Pinecrest Apartments in Meredith.
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Ashland Project Underway
After many months of hard work, LRCD closed on the financing package for a $4 million rehabilitation project on our 40 unit apartment complex in Ashland (known as Ledgewood Estates). The property will be called Ames Brook Apartments after renovations are complete.
We are grateful to our partners at USDA Rural Development, NH Housing, Raymond James, NH Community Development Finance Authority, the Town of Ashland, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, and Franklin Savings Bank for working with us to fund this much-needed renovation project and bring this property up to our healthy housing standards. We also thank NeighborWorks America and Rural LISC for their support throughout the pre-development stages of this project.
Stewart Associates Architects is providing all architecture services and North Branch Construction was selected as the construction manager. Planned renovations will improve life safety systems, indoor air quality, accessibility, and energy efficiency.
Ashland Project Team at Preconstruction Meeting.
Pictured L to R: Nick Trudel of North Branch Construction, Jim Schwarzkopf of North Branch Construction, Peter Stewart of Stewart Associates Architects, Kevin Leonard of Northpoint Engineering, Greg Malette of North Branch Construction, Shaun Malone and Ken Heath of NH Housing
The good news is that the new state budget contains several provisions to help address New Hampshire’s housing crisis. The bad news is that the budget was not finalized before the June 30th deadline, and legislative leaders and the Governor have yet to agree on a way forward.
In the meantime, a continuing resolution was approved that funds all state programs at the same level as last state fiscal year. Unfortunately, the fate of many good proposals to address the housing affordability crisis hangs in the balance until the budget is finalized. Read Housing Action NH’s latest update for details.
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Court Street Neighborhood Center
The first phase of renovations will include build-out of the interior to accommodate 10 individual offices, community meeting space, and a large kitchen. Also planned in the first phase are significant upgrades to the exterior south wall of the building, including installation of windows, additional insulation, and new siding.
We are raising additional funds to complete the exterior treatment on the other walls of the building, as well as resurface the parking lot and do landscaping and signage improvements.
LRCD plans to move over to Court Street this summer.
At this juncture, the Senate needs to decide if their stated positions on these two funding increases are feasible based on updated revenue projections. There are many competing priorities right now. Please call or email your state senator and ask the following:
- Please support the funding levels for the Affordable Housing Fund as passed by the Senate in SB 15: $10 million appropriation and a $5 million annual deposit from Real Estate Transfer Tax revenue.
- Please support the funding levels for the expansion of homeless services as passed by the Senate in SB 84: $2 million for eviction prevention; $2 million for case management expansion; and $1 million for rapid-rehousing.
- The affordable housing crisis is undermining workforce recruitment and driving millennials out of state.
- Homelessness has increased by 10% in NH since 2016, a direct result of the lack of supply of affordable housing.
- Every other New England state has increased investments in affordable housing production. NH must do the same in order to compete in the regional economy.
- NH's domestic violence and homeless shelters are full of working families ready to transition back to housing but can't find an affordable place to live.
Meet Lori Borrin, New Board Member
Lori volunteers with the Moultonborough Meals-On-Wheels program as a member of their Site Council. She also serves on the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association Parade of Homes Committee and as a mentor for the Circle Program.
Lori has taken many courses to further her education. She is a graduate from the Northern New England School of Banking and is currently completing her last year at New England School for Financial Studies at Babson.
Lori lives in Moultonborough with her husband. She enjoys spending time on the lake and traveling.
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