Homeless problem to bust city welfare budget
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The city Welfare Department will likely overspend its housing budget this year, thanks to the capacity limits at the New Horizons homeless shelter, the tight housing market, and the lack of shelters in many New Hampshire communities, according to the city’s welfare director.
Welfare Director Charleen Michaud said she spent $80,200 for housing-related welfare payments from July to the end of September, which amount to the first three months of the city budget year. That was roughly 41 percent of her $196,000 budget for housing-related benefits. With nine months to go in her budget and winter approaching, Michaud said she expects to overspend the line item.