For more than 60 years, the Portsmouth Housing Authority (PHA) has provided a critical safety net and launching pad for thousands of families, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The City of Portsmouth is a uniquely vibrant and historic community on the central New England coast and is a celebrated destination for businesses, artists, musicians and tourists from all over the world. Despite Portsmouth’s high profile as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States, many of our residents continue to experience chronic poverty and the complex social and economic challenges that are a result of this. People from all walks of life call PHA neighborhoods home.

Our 600 apartment units are spread across eleven different properties throughout the city house a diverse mix of people with deep and complex needs who rely on other social services. Over 85% of our residents at PHA are considered “Extremely Low-Income,” which means that they are living at less than 30% of the area median income. These are Portsmouth’s most economically vulnerable citizens.

PHA has a combined annual budget of $10.2 million with 29 staff across all of our programs. In partnership with the Portsmouth School System, we also operate an after school program that is serving over 100 children and are creating a growing network of resident services and supports to help our residents become successful and navigate around poverty traps that persist in our communities.

PHA is working to ensure that the people we serve benefit from a coordination of care and services, a key part of the role of the Resident Services VISTA. Service coordination has always been a challenge in systems like ours, and strong relationships and trust both internally and externally are essential to help solve these systemic barriers to the security and success of the people we serve.

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