On October 29-30, the “Coalition for Supportive Housing”, a non-governmental group from OUTSIDE NH, came to our fair state to spread their message about housing.

They stated that “The Housing Charrette was a public forum open to anyone who wished to attend and lend their voice. We always encourage wide community participation from all sectors as a general best practice.”

Indeed we had hoped more regular “citizens” had attended along with the few government agencies present.

While there may have been a few actual voting citizens that were in attendance, most attendees were representatives of special interest groups, the majority being non-governmental foundations; which are private, unelected and thus unaccountable.

Does this seem like fair representation to you?

Here is the list: (* = government agencies)

Horizons Counseling Center
United Way
DDHS
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County
New Futures
Sullivan County Corrections*
NH Dept. of Safety*
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
Lakes Region Community Services
Community Bridges
DDHS
AHEAD
NH Dept. of Safety
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Community Partners NH
DHHS*
DDHS
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
Best Buddies – NH
Tri-County Community Action Program
Bridges New Hampshire
NH Community Development Finance Authority
Fellowship Housing
Southeastern New Hampshire Services
Riverbend Community Mental Health
Home For All
DHHS
Service Link
Cheshire Medical Center
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
CATCH Neighborhood Housing
Cambridge Trust
Keene Housing Authority
Twin Pine Housing
NH Dept. of Education*
Concord Coalition to End Homelessness
Foundation for Healthy Communities
New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition
DDHS
CATCH Neighborhood Housing
Southwestern Community Services, Inc.
Office of US Senator Maggie Hassan*
Community Partners NH
City of Conway, NH*
Families in Transition
Cheshire Medical Center
Plan NH
Concord Food Co-op
Tri-County Community Action Program
Office of US Senator Maggie Hassan
NH Coalition Against Domestic Violence
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
City of Nashua, NH*
CSH
Way Point New Hampshire
Southwestern Community Services, Inc.
Housing Action New Hampshire
Seacoast Area Supportive Housing
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
CSH
DDHS
Community Partners NH
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
DHHS
Community Bridges
Keene Housing Authority
DHHS
New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
WISE of the Upper Valley
Haven NH
CSH
NH Charitable Foundation
Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support
Families in Transition
DHHS
Northern New England Housing Investment Fund
Service Link
Families in Transition
Granite United Way
Concord VNA
New Beginnings NH
Lakes Region Community Developer
Cross Roads House
JSA, Inc (Architecture and Design)
Community Housing of Maine
Housing Initiatives of New England Corporation
Southwestern Community Services, Inc.
Community Partners NH
DDHS
Tri-County Community Action Program
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (unelected govt)
Housing Initiatives of New England Corporation
Our House
DHHS
Upper Valley Haven
Families in Transition
DDHS