The state of New Hampshire has accepted a $50 million federal grant to build affordable housing. How much of the current housing shortage will decrease is a constant question podcast producer Roger Wood asked Elissa Margolin, executive director of the nonprofit New Hampshire Housing Action NH.
Elissa Margolin is the Director of Housing Action NH, a nationwide organization of 80 organizations and businesses working to improve state and federal policies so everyone in New Hampshire has a home.
Since its inception in 2009, Housing Action NH has successfully secured funding for the InvestNH Housing Program and Affordable Housing Fund, increased funding for NH’s homeless shelters, established a new Medicaid benefit for assisted living services, and helped pass the Community Toolbox Bill and accessory housing to pass unitary legislation, created the Housing Appeals Board and protected the Workforce Housing Law.
Elissa holds a JD from American University Washington College of Law and a BA from McGill University. She lives in Portsmouth with her husband, some musical instruments and a miniature dachshund.
Roger Wood is an award-winning radio, podcast, newspaper and television journalist with over 40 years of media experience. Roger has lived his entire professional career in New Hampshire. Roger is currently Associate Publisher and Podcast Producer at InDepthNH.org. In 2021 and 2022 he was recognized by the New Hampshire Press Association for his work in news podcasts. He was previously honored for his work in broadcast news and public affairs. He has produced news and specials Feature reports for InDepthNH,
New Hampshire Public Radio, NPR and other public and commercial radio stations. He also produced spot news for CBS Radio. He has produced and spoken about 50 audio books and written three novels. Roger has also moderated political forums for the Seacoast Area Chambers of Commerce in Senate, Governor and Congressional races. He has also facilitated public policy discussions at local and national levels. Roger and his wife Elaine live in Portsmouth with their cat Sebastian.