Community Design Charrette for New Horizons Neighborhood

Community Design Charrette for New Horizons Neighborhood in Manchester

Families in Transition – New Horizons is seeking input from business and community leaders for a Community Design Charrette on Friday, June 28, to help address homelessness and food insecurity in Manchester

There’s been a lot of talk and work on creating more effective solutions to address the complex issue of street homelessness in downtown Manchester.   In order to help address these issues Families in TransitionNew Horizons (FIT-NH) is partnering with Plan NH to host a Community Design Charrette for the New Horizons neighborhood on June 28 and 29.  Plan NH is bringing a diverse team of engineers, planners, architects and community development professionals over a two-day period to learn about the opportunities and challenges facing the neighborhood.

A major piece of the charrette process is community input from local business and community members.  Community members are invited to attend either or both of the community input sessions which are on Friday, June 28, at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., at Central High School, 207 Lowell Street in Manchester.  The community sessions will focus on the opportunities and challenges facing the neighborhood surrounding the New Horizons facility.  FIT-NH is planning to redevelop the New Horizons facility, 199 Manchester St., to create a one-stop campus for individuals facing homelessness and food insecurity. The community sessions are the first step in developing a community-focused plan for redevelopment.  

Based on the discussions during the community input sessions, the Plan NH team will develop a detailed report of recommendations to beautify and enhance the neighborhood and provide strategies for redeveloping the New Horizons facility so it can better meet the needs of the community and the individuals FIT-NH serves.  The Plan NH team will be presenting their recommendations on Saturday, June 29, at 3:00p.m. at Central High School.  The public is also invited to attend the recommendation presentation.

If you are interested in attending the community sessions and/or the recommendation presentation please RSVP at support.fitnh.org/planNH. If you have any questions about the Plan NH Community Design Charrette please contact Chris Wellington, FIT-NH Director of Housing Development & Operations, at cwellington@fitnh.org

Families in Transition-New Horizons (FIT-NH) provides hunger relief, emergency shelter, safe affordable housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or in need, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. For more information about FIT-NH and the design charrette visit www.fitnh.org, www.newhorizonsnh.org, or call 603-641-9441.