The Way Home took possession of the property at 85 Laurel St., Manchester, NH in late 2010, following negotiations with the City of Manchester and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The existing building at 85 Laurel is unoccupied, uninhabitable, and in need of replacement.
In 2011, The Way Home secured HUD funding to operate Laurel Keys, the new building to be erected at 85 Laurel St., as permanent supportive housing for individual homeless military veterans. Also in 2011, The Way Home pursued and was awarded $287,500 in NH State Tax Credits by the NH Community Development Finance Authority, as well as over $300,000 in bridge and construction financing from the City of Manchester.
On November 9th, 2011, The Way Home officially broke ground on Laurel Keys. Among those at the ceremony were David Rothwell, a formerly homeless veteran who serves on The Way Home's Board; Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas; and David Schleyer and Newton Kershaw III, partners in Elm Grove Apartments, the first business to support Laurel Keys by pledging to purchase Tax Credits.