Latest News - November 2021
You Can Help Us Address the Housing Crisis
As you know, the housing crisis is getting much worse here in the Lakes Region. Your contribution today will help us create new homes for the essential workers who are so critical to economic development in our region.
Over the past five years, median rents in the Lakes Region have increased 22%. According to NH Housing’s 2021 Rental Cost Survey Report, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Belknap County is now $1,215! New units that came online in downtown Laconia this year are renting for $1,800 per month. Most essential workers in the Lakes Region cannot afford this.
Housing is the most expensive part of almost every family’s budget, especially renter households. In New Hampshire, 25% of renter households are extremely low-income, which for a four-person household is less than $29,000 per year. Of those extremely low-income renter households, 75% are spending more than half of their monthly income on rent! A quarter of these rent cost-burdened households are working families, another 42% are seniors.
You have the power to change this by investing in our work today. To support our work, please send in your check today or click the Donate button below.
There is so much work to be done to ensure that everyone in the Lakes Region lives in a healthy home and is empowered to succeed. Your support makes it possible for us to continue pursuing this big goal. Thank you!
Belknap Landscape Co. Supports Gale School Redevelopment
Belknap Landscape Company purchased $20,000 in New Hampshire business tax credits to support the redevelopment of the Gale School in Belmont. The project will transform the historic schoolhouse into a community facility that will include a new early learning center operated by the Boys & Girls Club and a new program center operated by Lakes Region Community Services.
“We are happy to lend our support to the Gale School Project,” said Hayden McLaughlin, Principal of Belknap Landscape Company. “It will be exciting to see the building brought back to life and serving kids and families again. What a great asset this will be to the community.”
“We are so grateful to Belknap Landscape Company for their support,” said Carmen Lorentz, Executive Director of Lakes Region Community Developers (LRCD), the developer of the project. “We can’t do this project without the support of our local business community.”
Help to Provide Child Care & Family Supports
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central NH is looking forward to expanding its much-needed child care services to its soon-to-be second Belmont, NH home at the historic Gale School. In this video, Chris Emond, Chief Executive Officer discusses the Gale School Redevelopment Project and how it’s going to benefit the community.
Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) will be one of two tenants occupying the historic Gale School in Belmont, NH once renovations are complete. Here’s LRCS President & CEO, Rebecca Bryant to discuss LRCS and why the Gale School is the right choice for them to expand their family support services to the Belmont community.
To learn more about how your business can support this project, please visit https://www.lrcommunitydevelopers.org/gale-school-fundraising.html or contact Carmen Lorentz at (603) 524-0747 ext 110 or CLorentz@LRcommunitydevelopers.org. Thank you!
Community Building - Pumpkin Carving
AMES BROOK APARTMENTS, ASHLAND
A little rain did not stop Ames Brook residents from having a fun afternoon carving pumpkins and spending time with neighbors.
PINECREST APARTMENTS, MEREDITH
The young residents of Pinecrest Apartments got their hands dirty carving pumpkins and played a games to learn what is recyclable in their community and what isn't.
BATCHELDER APARTMENTS, LACONIA
More pumpkins and more fun!
Race Equity Diversity Inclusion (REDI) - Native American Heritage Day
In 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law legislation to designate the Friday after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day. The Native American Heritage Day Bill was supported by the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and 184 federally recognized tribes, and designates the Friday after Thanksgiving, as a day to pay tribute to Native Americans for their many contributions to the United States.
The Native American Heritage Day Bill encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe Native American Heritage Day, through appropriate ceremonies and activities. It also encourages public elementary and secondary schools to enhance student understanding of Native Americans by providing classroom instructions focusing on their history, achievements, and contributions.
As part of your recognition of Native American Heritage Day check out the Native Land Map. No matter where you live in North America, someone has lived there before you. Now, there's a map to tell you who. The Native Land Map creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.
Click this link to see the Native Land Map and see who lived on the land you now call home https://native-land.ca/
Also, you can follow this link https://littlefreelibrary.org/indigenous-read-in-color-recommended-reads/ to find a great list of books for all ages that explore experiences from the Indigenous/Native American community.
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