Stating that it has raised $451,865 or 55% of its goal, Robert Tourigny, Executive Director of NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire, announced that the organization has embarked upon a Twentieth Anniversary Capital Campaign fund drive. The purpose of the fundraising effort is to raise a minimum of $815,000 to support the purchase and renovation of the organization’s new facility located at 801 Elm Street in downtown Manchester. Joe Reilly, CEO and President of Centrix Bank, is chairing the campaign effort.
Upon expanding our geographic focus last year to include the Nashua region, NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire purchased the building previously occupied by Rent A Center, and moved our operations and homeownership center to the second floor of the building after recently completing renovations. The Elm Street level will be renovated and rented to commercial tenants, providing further positive economic development in downtown Manchester and a stream of income to support the work of the organization.
Joining Mr. Reilly in leading the 20th Anniversary Capital Campaign are Barry Brensinger of Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Robert Dastin, Esq. from Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, Claira P. Monier, Patrick Smith, Arthur Sullivan, Principal of Brady Sullivan Properties, and Carol Willoughby, Esq., from First American Title Insurance Company. Former Executive Councilor and Manchester Mayor, Raymond J. Wieczorek, is serving as Honorary Chair of the Campaign.
Included in the campaign total raised to date is the sale of $300,000 in tax credits awarded to the organization in 2012 from the Community Development Finance Authority.
“NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire has a solid track record of creating quality housing for working individuals and families in our state, and their work has improved lives and neighborhoods throughout Southern New Hampshire. I am pleased to join with Joe Reilly and other community leaders to ensure that this organization has a permanent home in our community and continue to excel in creating affordable rental and home ownership opportunities,” stated Raymond J. Wieczorek.
Founded in 1992 to address Manchester’s Center City issues, NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire now addresses the afforable housing and community development issues in a total of 31 towns in Southern New Hampshire, including the Cities of Manchester and Nashua. The organization has provided free home ownership education services to thousands of residents, and helped hundreds of families purchase their first home. More than 900 individuals currently live in one of 349 affordable rental apartments created by the organization, which are located in Manchester, Nashua, Hooksett and Goffstown.