Ribbon-cutting to mark completion of BAE Systems Independence Hall
MANCHESTER — Harbor Homes will host a ribbon-cutting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 14 to celebrate the opening of its newest transitional and permanent supportive housing facility for homeless veterans and their families, BAE Systems Independence Hall, 335 Somerville St.
The event is by invitation only.
The speaking presentation will include president of BAE Systems' Electronic Systems sector, Dan Gobel; NH Department of Health and Human Services' Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas; Maj. Gen. William N. Reddel III, adjutant general of New Hampshire; Mayor Ted Gatsas; and client testimonials.
Tours of the facility and a light lunch will immediately follow the ceremony.
The new building is in response to New Hampshire's four year plan to end veteran homelessness, formally adopted by Gov. John Lynch in 2010.
Honorably-discharged homeless veterans are a unique and disproportionately represented homeless subpopulation. Nationwide, only 7% of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly 13% of the homeless adult populations are veterans.
Up to 600 veterans are homeless in the state, with more than 7,000 veteran households at risk of homelessness.
The hall is the latest edition to Harbor Homes' Veterans First program.
The new facility will provide 26 one and two-bedroom apartments. Veterans and their families will reside in the facility while working to address the cause of their homelessness and move on to independence.
Most will stay two years, while some will stay permanently. For more information, visit www.harborhomes.org .