- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - A nonprofit organization that provides housing and other help to low-income, homeless and disabled Nashua-area residents is celebrating the milestone it reached last year and preparing to match it this year.

The more than $200,000 Harbor Homes raised last year helped the organization secure enough federal funding to permanently house all 108 individuals who had been identified as being chronically homeless last year, including 36 veterans.

Officials, including Gov. Maggie Hassan, gathered in Nashua last week to praise those involved in the effort. They heard from Philip Mangano, a former director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, as well as from veterans who credit the housing and support services provided by Harbor Homes with allowing them to get back on their feet and thrive.

The organization operates on the theory that temporary quick-fixes do little to solve the overall problem of homelessness and that a better approach is to place chronically homeless people in housing first and then provide them with treatment for medical and mental health conditions that are preventing them from becoming self-sufficient.

The organization has set a 2015 goal of $200,000 for its Ending Homelessness Fund.

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