New Program Offers Home Repair and Rehabilitation to New Hampshire Veterans

Hammers for Veterans to meet need for home improvements

BEDFORD, N.H. – Veterans in need of accessibility improvements or repairs to their home can now access funding to help with the needed work. A new program from the New Hampshire Homebuilders Association called Hammers for Veterans has been formed, and it recently received $25,000 in funding from New Hampshire Housing.

The goal of Hammers for Veterans is to raise funds for providing professional home construction related services to New Hampshire veterans and their families. The program was created after it was discovered that many returning, as well as currently deployed, armed service personnel are in need of renovations to their existing residences. Many have service related disabilities and the renovations may include installation of a wheelchair ramp, remodeling a bathroom, or widening doors to remove barriers in the home that impede mobility. Other needs are simply home repair and upkeep that may not be in reach of the veteran.

The program will provide guidance through the construction bidding process and manage construction activity.

In addition to the grant from New Hampshire Housing the program raises funds annually through the Hammers for Veterans Auction. The online auction (http://www.biddingforgood.com/hammersforveterans) takes place each March in conjunction with the annual New Hampshire State Home Show.

Veterans or their families who have interest in applying for program assistance should contact Andrea Chrisstoffels, Housing Services Manager, Easter Seals NH Military & Veteran Services, at 603-851-3680 or achrisstoffels@eastersealsnh.org. Hammers for Veterans is a program of the Builders Care NH Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

“The members of the New Hampshire Home Builders Association are extremely grateful for what our armed services people have done for us and continue to do,” said Dick Benson, Chair of Builders Care NH. “The members of our association and our industry are pleased that we do our small part to thank you by helping with needed home repairs and rehabilitation services.”

“Hammers for Veterans fills an important need for current and former members of the military and is a great way to thank them for their service to our country,” said Dean Christon, Executive Director of New Hampshire Housing. “We’re pleased to support this new initiative so it can make a meaningful impact on the lives of service members in our state.”

About New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority: New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority is a self-supporting public benefit corporation. The Authority operates a number of rental and homeownership programs designed to assist low- and moderate-income persons with obtaining affordable housing. Since its inception, New Hampshire Housing has helped more than 41,000 families purchase their own homes and has been instrumental in financing the creation of more than 14,500 multi-family housing units. More information about its programs can be found on the agency's websites at www.nhhfa.org and www.GoNewHampshireHousing.com.

Builders Care NH Foundation Board of Directors (from left): Richard Benson, President; Tom Dustin, Treasurer; Dave Tille, Director; Tim Sheedy, Director; Buddy Champney, Vice President; Lynette Rogers, Secretary; Dean Christon, Executive Director, New Hampshire Housing