In June of 2016, Chase Home in Portsmouth was awarded a major grant award of $50,000 from the City of Portsmouth/U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program. The project—which is expected to be completed in the next few weeks—will transform Chase Home, according to Executive Director Meme Wheeler.
“We have had hand rails replaced, a fire alarm panel replaced, new emergency lights installed, and several structural elements at Chase Home sealed for firestopping purposes—it’s been a major undertaking,” she said.
Noting ceiling tiles have also been replaced, she said the grant award has enabled Chase Home to move toward full compliance with city codes.
“This is an old structure, and these were not things we could afford to do in our budget,” added Wheeler, who said she appreciates the patience displayed by the City of Portsmouth throughout the project.
“We had some unforeseen delays due to the complexity of the work that was taking place,” she said. “We are so grateful for this grant and the impact it will have on our organization and the kids who live here.”
Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet needs in the greater Seacoast community related to children and youth.
Upon project completion, Wheeler said Chase Home will post photos from the project on its website and social media networks.
“We want people to see just how much has been done—it’s incredible,” she said.
To receive updates from Chase Home, text CHASEHOME to 41411, or visit www.chasehome.org.