Eversource Community Relations Specialist Maria Letourneau (right) presents a check to Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast Executive Director Sarah Wrightsman.
Eversource recently presented a $7,000 grant to the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast to support efforts to provide a range of affordable housing options, which is critical to ensuring the diverse and highly skilled workforce needed for future economic development. The Coalition works to advance housing affordability in the Seacoast region, as well as neighboring communities, by serving as an educator, advocate and catalyst for sound policy and best practices.
“Addressing the issue of housing affordability is critical to attracting and retaining the highly skilled workers who will help us to build the smart, clean grid of the future here in the Granite State,” says Eversource Community Relations Specialist Maria Letourneau. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast in serving the neighborhoods where we work and live.”
Eversource’s support will help the coalition deliver its spring programming, including a Workforce Housing Design Charrette in Pelham. The non-profit’s design charrettes expand the capacity of host communities by providing the time and expertise of volunteers who examine zoning laws and identify barriers to the development of workforce housing. These experts make recommendations and create renderings and conceptual plans for the community.
In addition to the charrettes, the grant will help support the coalition’s partnership with the Regional Economic Development Center of Southern NH (REDC) to pilot services in the western part of Rockingham County and several communities in Hillsborough County.