NSKS: Spring Street Shelter

It’s official!

Construction has started on the Spring Street Forward project! Follow along with NSKS as we renovate our soon-to-be new shelter and community space!

NSKS: Spring Street Shelter

It’s official!

Construction has started on the Spring Street Forward project! Follow along with NSKS as we renovate our soon-to-be new shelter and community space!

The Opportunity of 35 Spring Street

Until the mid-70s, many Nashuans would have known 35 Spring Street as the home of Sacred Heart Elementary. While it hasn’t served as an elementary school for over 40 years, the building has excellent bones and provides an exciting opportunity to provide the environment and resources necessary to help single adults and families with children move into permanent housing as quickly as possible.

“We hope to provide educational resources that will go beyond enabling people to move out of the shelter, the goal is to give them the resources to live independently.”

–Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Executive Director, Michael Reinke

Increased Capacity

In an area with increased homelessness and scarce affordable housing, this project will allow us to provide clean, safe, energy efficient, centrally located emergency shelter for up to 32 individuals (a 45% increase over our current capacity) and up to 12 families (a 140% increase over our current capacity) and supported permanent housing for 11 individuals (a new program for NSKS). NSKS is the only shelter in the Nashua area that provides emergency shelter for single women or families with children.

Greater Resources for the Community

NSKS is leasing from St. Patrick’s Church of Nashua the elementary school adjacent to the church for 40 forty years at $1 per year. This school has been vacant for most of the past 40 years and is located a block from our community kitchen and pantry. With four floors and more than 20,000sf of usable space, the building will allow NSKS to retain all of our existing services, increase the number of units of shelter for single women to 14, more than double the number of family shelter units to 12, provide 11 new units of supported permanent housing, and provide a much needed space for providing educational and other services for individuals experiencing homeless in our community. Locating all of our shelter programs in one facility will allow for efficiencies in staffing and thus direct greater resources to helping people find permanent housing.

Our Plans

The former Sacred Heart school building (1) fronts Spring Street and is part of a 1.72 acre parcel that also includes St. Patrick Church (2), the Rectory (3), and the St. Patrick Parish Center (4), and is owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese. The school will be leased from the church and only the school building is being renovated as part of this project.

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