LITTLETON — New Hampshire faces a housing shortage. A new initiative aims to help. The Housing Ready Program will support the development of low- and moderate-income housing across the North Country. The $150,000 program will provide technical assistance to a half-dozen communities to promote housing creation, renovation and development. Those funds will go to hard-hit municipalities that lack the manpower and expertise to address the problem themselves, said Kaela Tavares of non-profit North Country Council. Volunteer planning boards oversee housing issues in nine out of 10 local communities, and Housing Ready would aid them in the creation of housing solutions, Tavares said.