Valley Information – Lebanon High quality Inn, stuffed with residents on help, faraway from listing for housing referrals

LEBANON — Tri-County Neighborhood Motion knowledgeable Higher Valley social service suppliers on Monday that it had stopped referring folks receiving help by way of New Hampshire Emergency Rental Help Program to the High quality Inn off Route 120 in Lebanon on July 28.

This leaves folks with out shelter within the Higher Valley with one much less place to go.

“There are two dozen folks on a waitlist for motels on this space,” stated Lynne Goodwin, Lebanon’s human companies director. She stated Monday’s e mail from Tri-County Neighborhood Motion didn’t embrace a proof as to why it was now not sending referrals to the High quality Inn.

The Sundown Motor Inn in West Lebanon and the Greatest Western close to the airport are every taking a handful of individuals by way of the ERAP program, Goodwin stated. Outdoors of Lebanon, Tri-County Neighborhood Motion additionally works with two inns in Plymouth, NH, she stated. Plymouth is about 40 miles or an hour’s drive from Lebanon.

Reached by cellphone on Friday, Ashok Patel, one of many vice presidents of the Massachusetts-based Jamsan Lodge Administration that manages the High quality Inn and the Greatest Western, stated he was unaware that the Tri-County Neighborhood Motion Program was now not referring folks to the High quality Inn.

“We’re accepting referrals if we have now area obtainable to assist with the housing,” he stated. “… If we can not home them, the native program authority will make various preparations. If there is not any area, I suggest that it might be a scenario that we’re not in a position to touch upon.”

Patel stated he didn’t assume the Lebanon Greatest Western was accepting ERAP contributors.

“We’ve not had the necessity,” Patel stated. “No person reached out to us for that lodge.”

Goodwin stated that Tri-County Neighborhood Motion Program knowledgeable her and different Higher Valley social service suppliers on July 19 that Ketan Rawal, common supervisor of the High quality Inn, would even be serving as a homeless outreach employee for Tri-County.

Efforts to achieve Rawal by cellphone and e mail on Friday had been unsuccessful, as had been efforts to achieve the Tri-County Neighborhood Motion Program and New Hampshire Housing.

Patel stated Rawal is a lodge worker. “If he is serving to them with one thing, I do not learn about it,” Patel stated of Rawal working for Tri-County.

Heather Griffin, assistant program director at Pay attention, which has been working with shoppers staying on the High quality Inn, stated a shared on-line listing of individuals ready for emergency shelter maintained by Tri-County that she had been in a position to entry disappeared this week. Griffin stated that when she requested Tri-County what occurred to the listing, she was advised that the “tech division eliminated issues that weren’t, like, important.”

“Now we’re all like, ‘Darn it, no person printed a duplicate of the lodge waitlist,’ ” she stated. “Now we have now no approach of monitoring that.”

Within the meantime, Griffin stated folks proceed to name Pay attention searching for help for housing.

“It is lots of people,” she stated.

Since April and till final week, the High quality Inn had been filled with contributors within the NH ERAP program, funding for which comes by way of New Hampshire Housing and Tri-County Neighborhood Motion. Previous to that, about 20 of the inn’s rooms had been offering non permanent housing for folks in this system.

To qualify for the ERAP program, which additionally offers house heating, web, rental and utility help, folks have to indicate that they’ve a family earnings of 80% or much less of the realm median earnings (in Grafton County, this can be a restrict of about $49,000 for a single individual and $70,000 for a four-person family); have skilled monetary hardship associated to the COVID-19 pandemic; and present that they’re liable to homelessness.

To be able to have their keep in a lodge or motel coated, folks even have to indicate that they’ve both been displaced from their major residence or that they do not have one, in addition to documentation of the fees for which the family is searching for ERAP’s help. Customary room occupancy prices, together with taxes and repair charges, are coated, however facilities and meals will not be.

On Thursday, Goodwin stated 44 of the High quality Inn’s 48 rooms had been nonetheless stuffed with ERAP contributors, however she wasn’t positive how for much longer they may be capable of keep.

The change implies that “of us on this waitlist are going to attend a very long time to search out non permanent shelter,” Goodwin stated. “I do not but know what it means for the oldsters on the High quality Inn.”

For her half, she stated she was “simply in a wait-and-see mode.”

Nora Doyle-Burr may be reached at or 603-727-3213.


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