Lebanon apartments will house people who are chronically homeless

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund President Juliana Eades joined leaders from Twin Pines Housing and the Upper Valley Haven on June 7 in Lebanon to celebrate the completion of Parkhurst Community Housing.

Parkhurst, an 18-unit apartment building, was developed in response to the need for permanent, supportive, housing for people with extremely low incomes who have been chronically homeless. Twin Pines Housing renovated the circa-1860s building, and the Upper Valley Haven will provide the enhanced case management services that will help its residents thrive.

Leaders of community groups cut a ceremonial ribbon at Parkhurst.
Rob Strong photo

“We are impressed with Lebanon’s response to a crisis with a solution, and are proud to partner with Twin Pines Housing in this endeavor,” said Sara Kobylenski, executive director of the Upper Valley Haven. “Integrating resources across organizations is at the highest level of collaborative community work. The knowledge, skill and creativity of Andrew Winter and his team has allowed this to happen.”

“Parkhurst is the result of the community coming together to provide a solution,” said Twin Pines Housing Executive Director Andrew Winter. “From the work of the Housing First Committee and early financial contributions by local donors, to the help of local landlords in identifying a suitable property, to the support of Lebanon town officials, this project has come to fruition.”

The first New Hampshire project to receive funding through the new national Housing Trust Fund, Parkhurst used approximately $2.7 million from New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, the Community Loan Fund, and several generous private funders. 

“Parkhurst is one of the highest-impact affordable housing projects in New Hampshire this year. Only when all parts of the community come together is such an inclusive and respectful endeavor possible. The ability of Twin Pines Housing Trust to bring it all together gives donors, and those of us who finance, great confidence,” said Eades. “We are proud to be part of this collaborative solution to a tough affordability problem.”

“The partnership between Twin Pines Housing and the Upper Valley Haven sets a solutions-oriented example for addressing homelessness in our state. We are pleased to have been able to help make this important project possible,” said Dean Christon, executive director of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

Final work is expected to be completed in July, thanks in part to painting volunteers organized by Cover Home Repair.

Twin Pines Housing expects to move residents into Parkhurst in mid- to late-July.