NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire was recently awarded a $100,000 affordable housing grant through the TD Charitable Foundation’s Housing for Everyone grant competition. The grant will be used to support the organization’s community development initiatives on Manchester’s West Side. This is the third Housing for Everyone Award that NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire has received in the past four years, and it is the only New Hampshire organization to be recognized with the award this year.
Since 2007, NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire has committed to revitalizing neighborhoods on Manchester’s West Side, beginning with the West Granite area and extending to adjacent neighborhoods. Through a targeted effort to rehabilitate and reconstruct run down or abandoned buildings, the organization is working to bring back homeownership and neighborhood aesthestics in areas of Manchester which have been hurt by foreclosures and neglect. NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire has acquired a total of 11 West Side properties with 33 units, demolished two buildings, and rehabilitated nine buildings with 21 units. In doing so, they created off-street parking, open space, homeownership and affordable rental opportunities, while reducing density in the area.
This year’s Housing for Everyone Award supports NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire’s efforts to rehabilitate these properties to create one single-family and two multi-family homes on Conant, Rimmon, and Dubuque Streets in Manchester. These properties have been selected for rehabilitation and sale in an effort to address issues of home ownership, blight and deterioration in the neighborhood while providing safe, quality housing on Manchester’s West Side.
“The continued support and encouragement from the TD Charitable Foundation continues to make a difference in the revitalization of Manchester’s West Side,” stated Robert Tourigny, Executive Director of NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire. “Sustained focus on this neighborhood is helping to reverse a situation of neglect and a low rate of homeownership.”
This year’s “Housing for Everyone” theme was “Neighborhood Revitalization and Stabilization” with a focus on two key areas ~ rehabilitation of viable affordable housing proprieties or utilization of abandoned properties for affordable housing.
The Housing for Everyone grant competition is one of the TD Charitable Foundation’s most widely known signature programs. The competition invites local non-profit organizations from Maine to Florida to submit proposals outlining their plans and initiatives to support and provide affordable housing initiatives in their communities. Twenty-five organizations throughout TD Bank’s footprint from Maine to Florida were awarded a $100,000 grant for a total grant donation of $2.5 million in 2013.
NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of the lives of individuals living in the Southern New Hampshire region by providing access to quality housing services, revitalizing neighborhoods and supporting opportunities for personal empowerment. For more information about NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire please visit www.nwsnh.org.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $114.9 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.
About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at approximately 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.