Homesick: Attaining the American Dream


The median income of a New Hampshire household is not enough to rent a median priced apartment in places like Portsmouth and Manchester. The data is far worse for a single person earning the New Hampshire median income. A single person would need at least two roommates to afford a median priced, apartment. Burdened by high rents, households strain to cover other necessary expenses, such as food, health care, clothing, and transportation.

Households paying more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing, including rent or mortgage and utilities expenses, are considered cost-burdened by these expenses. They may also struggle to participate more fully in the economy compared to more financially secure households.

Panelist will discuss how the disparities in housing access reinforce the structural and longstanding systemic barriers to success and opportunity especially for Granite Staters of underrepresented groups. They will also explore how policies that support public investment to reduce housing costs can boost the economy.

This is a hybrid event. Registration is required for in-person attendance and virtual attendance.

This program is part of the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks 2024 series, funded in part by New Hampshire Humanities through a Community Project Grant

 Join us as we celebrate 50 years of bringing the humanities to your community!

Event Details


Sunday, February 11, 2024 2:00pm


Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrot Ave.
Portsmouth NH 03801

Hosted By:

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

Contact Info:

Gina Bowker 603-570-8469