Executive Councilor Janet Stevens promised residents that she would fight for clean drinking water, protect groundwater, and seek funding for critical infrastructure projects—not only in Hampton but in each of the 32 towns and cities she represents – and she delivered.
Executive Councilor Stevens has worked tirelessly to inform municipal leaders and residents of State and Federal funding sources while advising on appropriate use of grant dollars. There are a myriad of programs to sustain and protect the integrity of New Hampshire water sources. The American Rescue Plan Act, PFAS Remediation Loan Fund, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund are just a few of the programs available.
In American Rescue Plan Act State Fiscal Relief Funds alone – $23,980,000 has been awarded to the Town of Hampton. Funds were granted for drinking water infrastructure, wastewater infrastructure, copper sampling and PFAS treatment at the Mill Road well field.
In addition, Councilor Stevens has supported and advocated for additional funding for wetland protection (mapping), protection for our rivers and lakes, private well testing and remediation, and coastal waters and dam infrastructure improvements.
Councilor Stevens is an advocate of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, launched in March of 2021, in response to unprecedented housing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. She proudly supported every acceptance and expenditure for the program and has worked with both the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, Southern New Hampshire Services, and the Community Action Program for Hampton to expand access to Emergency Rental Assistance and the Home Owner Assistance Program.
To date 230 Hampton households have received $2,764,156.00 so they can remain in their homes through initial ERA funding. The recent Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERA2m) also being implemented, will reach more households over a longer period, effective until 2025.
With inflation at record levels, a shortage of housing units (estimated between 15000 – 20000 in New Hampshire) in the setting of a 0.5% vacancy rate, landlords are seizing the opportunity to increase rents, putting many District Three residents at risk of losing their homes. There is a clear acceleration of evictions with rent increases (Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies). With more than half of our nation’s senior citizens paying more than 50% of their income for housing, those aged 65+ living on fixed incomes are the most vulnerable.
When a State Representative in Hampton asked for assistance with a disabled, elderly couple facing eviction due to the landlord making improvements and increasing rent, Janet went to work. She pursued legal advice, informed the couple about the Emergency Rental Assistance program, advised on how to apply, and secured case managers to assist the couple with the difficult task of finding a new apartment while securing funding for their transition.
“Executive Councilor Stevens was a big help to us when my disabled husband and I were thrust into an eviction due to the owner making upgrades and doubling the rent. We are on a fixed income and are both in our late 60’s. Councilor Stevens sought legal help for us and worked with Southern NH Services to get emergency rental assistance to keep a roof over our heads and find a new apartment – which we did – thanks to her help. She assisted us in getting funding for our first/last month’s rent – which we could not afford – and would have prevented us from getting a new apartment.”
-Pamela S. Hampton, NH.
The Town of Hampton has been awarded $34,994,942 for much-needed infrastructure improvements for roads, bridges, and active transport – rail trails.
Major projects for Hampton include Ocean Blvd. improvements (part of the Hampton Beach Commission’s Master Plan), replacement of a red list bridge on Route One, improvements to Winnacunnet Road, and expansion construction of Hampton’s portion of the 17-mile New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway.
Additionally, the Neil R. Underwood bridge project – which is ranked as the #1 priority on the state’s Red List Bridge index – is scheduled for construction (2023-2025). This project is fully funded at $68,598,052.
As an Executive Councilor, Councilor Stevens serves on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT), which is responsible for updating New Hampshire’s Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TYP) every two years. To assess/collect public comments and feedback on the projects and themes of the draft TYP for 2023-2032, she participated in GACIT Public Meetings, and conducted five hearings throughout the district – including Hampton.
More than 80 residents turned out for the Public Hearing in Hampton to review recommendations of the Rockingham County Regional Planning Commission and have their voices heard on issues ranging from Phase III of the East Coast Greenway to Ocean Blvd. Project to the deteriorating state of Winnacunnet Road.
The Town of Hampton and local businesses have received $2.5 million in the most recent round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State Fiscal Recovery Funds (SFRF.)
Funds have been awarded for emergency response equipment, assistance for Hampton restaurants, career training in the trades, and additional police coverage during the Summer months.
The federal relief program which preceded the ARPA program – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was launched at the outset of the pandemic. New Hampshire established 32 silos of funding, which are now closed, and awarded $14.7 million for Hampton based First Responder (stipends,) non-profits, veterans organizations, healthcare providers, and childcare providers.
Executive Councilor Stevens is proud of her record in supporting all New Hampshire residents throughout and before the pandemic. She has supported 100% of ARPA funds requiring acceptance and expenditure by the Council, including every COVID-19 public health request. In her first year of service, she approved more than $1 billion in contracts.
For example, she has supported –
$112 million to stabilize New Hampshire’s child care system – with program funding and wage enhancements.
$56,743,686 for fuel assistance funding over the past 16 months. She will support an additional $5,467,926.00 on 9/21/22.
$31,956,345 for our state’s long term care providers – while raising awareness on the increase of adult elder abuse in New Hampshire. Union Leader
$100 million to reduce New Hampshire’s housing crisis. Worked with Governor Sununu and the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority in getting approval for InVest NH, which will assist builders with the completion of housing projects which are at risk of failing completion – due to record inflation.