On April 26th, 2021, the Sullivan County Delegation approved a general obligation bond, providing the office 'go ahead' for the 19 Sullivan House transitional housing facility in Claremont. With this approval, further steps were taken to apply for funding to bring the project vision & goals to fruition, and the following generous funding streams were approved:
- a $1.2 million loan from NH Housing Finance Authority
- a $1.1 million bond through NH Municipal Bond Bank
- $744,741 from County assignments
- $500,000 from the NH Community Development Finance Authority, Community Development Block Grant program
- $50,000 from the USDA Rural Development Grant, Community Facilities Grant Program
- $50,000 from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, on behalf of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic
Sullivan House's vision and goal is to help fill a critical gap for people in substance use recovery by providing safe, clean, and affordable housing where residents can continue working on their sobriety and in new jobs in a structured, supportive environment. The project proposal design was developed through many discussions and meetings with administration, staff, graduates through the TRAILS program, community/abutter outreach informational/feedback sessions, and meetings with the City of Claremont.
Blanc & Bailey Construction Inc. began construction on the project, and though the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the opening of the building, we expect to hold a ribbon cutting in late spring of 2022.
The links below contain more information about the project.
The Frequently Asked Questions document provides answers to many of the questions that have been asked on social media and at the County’s previous community engagement forum.
The next link is to a peer-reviewed journal article published by the National Institutes of Health that explores the role of sober living houses in improving outcomes for sustained sobriety.
Finally, this article was published by US News and World Report on April 9, 2019 and describes a sober housing facility located in Portland, Maine. County officials visited this facility in July 2019 to learn more about how it operates, why it’s successful, the impact it has had on the local neighborhood, and reactions of local citizens.
For more articles, please see the quick links.