Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM EDT
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Libby Schwaner 
Carsey School of Public Policy 

Coffee & Conversations: Housing Affordability Challenges in New Hampshire

Though housing affordability has experienced a new wave of attention in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has proven to be a pervasive obstacle in New Hampshire for decades. What does affordable housing in the Granite State look like today? Are current strategies to address the issue making an impact? Join us for a conversation with Robert Tourigny, Executive Director of NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, about the current state of housing affordability in New Hampshire and what – if anything – can help relieve the crisis.

About the Speaker

Robert Tourigny, Executive Director of NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, joined the organization in May 2005, bringing his experience in both urban and rural environments in all aspects of housing activities, including homeownership, multi-family and single family development, home repair and weatherization, and rental management. He also brought a vision, and he has guided its transformation into an organization that addresses the affordable housing needs of a total of 31 communities in Southern New Hampshire, including the Cities of Manchester and Nashua. He has promoted and facilitated an approach of developing affordable housing in a very cooperative manner, inviting the input and approval of leaders and stakeholders from communities. This approach has resulted in NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire's reputation as a resource for communities, and has spurred several positive development projects in Southern New Hampshire. He has overseen the development and rehabilitation of nearly 1,500 units of affordable housing and community facilities in his career, totaling more than $175 million in investments.

Mr. Tourigny is involved in several initiatives that address the community development and affordable housing needs in New Hampshire. Locally, he serves on the Governing Council of Housing Action New Hampshire, and on the Boards of Directors of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority and Granite United Way. Nationally and regionally he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Rural Housing Coalition and the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, and as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.