Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA)
This was signed into law at the end of December 2020 and has a section “to provide financial aid grants to students which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, health care (including mental health care) or child care.” To qualify, you or someone in your household1 must have experienced a financial loss or increase in expenditures related to COVID-19.
Current NHTI students should log into SIS and complete the survey/application there to assess your needs. You can not receive funds if you do not fill out the survey/application. Contact the Financial Aid office at NHTIfinaid@ccsnh.edu if you have any questions.
1Household definition: If you were born before Jan. 1, 1997, you are an independent student for application purposes, and household is defined as student and spouse (if applicable). If you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1997, you are a dependent student for application purposes, and household is defined as student and parent(s)
A 3rd Federal stimulus payment of $1,400 has been approved for all eligible adults and qualifying children. If you have questions about this new stimulus payment or did not receive the $1,200 or $600 previous stimulus payments, visit this web site for FAQ and more information. Payment may be made by direct deposit, paper check, of the issuance of a debit card. If you did not receive your full payments in 2020, you may need to file for a Recovery Rebate Credit with your 2020 taxes. If you did not receive any payments, and did not file taxes in 2019 and do not receive any federal benefits (Social Security retirement, Veterans Affairs benefits, etc.), and did not use the IRS Non-Filers tool in 2020, you will need to file a 2020 tax return to receive the payments owed to you.
The state’s unemployment program is capped at $427 per week for approved recipients and benefits are usually retroactive from the date of unemployment.
Anyone who was on unemployment the week of May 15, 2021 and has since found and kept a job for at least 8 weeks, can now apply for a summer stipend. Stipends are $500 for part-time workers and $1,000 for full time employees. Lean more and apply here.
All NHWORKS offices are open to the public Monday-Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm but only for completing weekly work search activities and filing claims. The hotline number is 603-271-7700. Visit their web site to apply and for more information.
Protections for Homeowners
Many options exist to extend the life of the mortgage and lower interest rates. Qualifications and criteria vary by program so make sure to read items carefully and talk with your mortgage holder. Find more information here.
NH Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program
A federally funded New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP) is available to provide assistance to eligible residents of New Hampshire who cannot pay their rent and/or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Utility assistance includes water, sewer, trash, and internet expenses. An approved application for rental assistance will be counted as “payment” and head off evections for non-payment of rent. Visit this web site for FAQ, eligibility requirements, and application information. Funding is expected to be available at least through 2022.
Utility Assistance Programs
Low-Income Drought Assistance Program (DAP)
This program was created to assist eligible low-income homeowners with their need to improve the resiliency of their drinking water against future threats of drought. The DAP is for low-income homeowners experiencing drought-related loss of a safe, reliable source of drinking water at their primary residence. This program also provides financial assistance for activities associated with improving or replacing the homeowner’s well or connecting the residence to an available community water supply. Find out more information and links to apply for assistance here.
603 Legal Aid and NH Legal Assistance help clients with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level and older adults, which means a family of four earning up to $53,000 per year would be eligible for civil legal aid.
Both program work on civil legal issues, including evictions, foreclosures, loss of housing benefits, domestic violence, family law, public benefits (Social Security Disability, SSI, SNAP, unemployment, Medicaid), consumer issues, issues facing older adults (financial exploitation and nursing home discharges), and youth issues (school discipline and special education for children at risk of juvenile justice involvement).
Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low- to moderate-income workers and families get a tax break. If you qualify, you can use the credit to reduce the taxes you owe – and maybe increase your refund.
Child Tax Credit
The child tax credit (CTC) is changing for the 2021 tax year, and the amount that qualifying families can receive per child has been significantly increased from $2,000 to up to $3,600. Read more on this here.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household
Internet Essentials from Comcast is $10/month and is for those that meet certain income eligibility guidelines. For new customers, 60 days will be provided for free.
HUD, in partnership with EveryoneOn is able to offer free or reduced-cost internet to qualified households.
Q Link Wireless has begun providing subsidized phone and broadband service to qualified residents New Hampshire. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a limited-time program that provides discounts on monthly broadband Internet access service and certain connected devices. Through the program, eligible customers receive free and unlimited data, talk and text as well as a new tablet. The benefit is open to households that participate in current low-income or pandemic relief programs offered by a broadband provider; recipients of Medicaid and SNAP benefits; households with kids receiving free and reduced-price lunch or school breakfast; Pell grant recipients; and those who have lost jobs and seen their income reduced in the last year.
UNH Cooperative Extension
This interactive map identifies locations for free meals, food pick-up locations, free food delivery services, and locations that accept and/or double benefits for SNAP/EBT, WIC, seniors, and veterans. The information can be searched by community or the type of assistance needed.
The SNAP Program is about good nutrition and health. It provides eligible people with benefits to buy food items at grocery stores, farmers markets and other approved food retailers. The benefits have been increased by 15% and eligibility for college students has been expanded as a result of the December 2020 federal law.
If you are pregnant or have young children up to the age of 5, you may be eligible for the WIC Nutrition Program. WIC provides nutrition education and nutritious foods to help keep pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and preschool children healthy and strong.
N.H. Bureau of Family Assistance
The Bureau of Family Assistance administers programs and services for eligible N.H. residents by providing financial, medical, food and nutritional assistance, and help with child care costs and emergency help to obtain and keep safe housing.
211 N.H. is the connection for New Hampshire residents to the most up to date resources they need from specially trained Information and Referral Specialists. 211 NH is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is also available. For those outside of New Hampshire, call 1-866-444-4211.
Local Welfare Departments
Contact your city/municipal welfare department to find out what services you may be eligible for where you live. Many have their own local food pantries, as well as financial assistance available to their residents. They may also be aware of other local organizations (churches, non-profit organizations, women’s clubs, etc.) providing assistance that they can refer you to. All contact information is available on your city/municipal web site
FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Information on eligibility and the application process can be found here.
Resources for Pet Owners
Find low-cost spay/neuter programs, local pet food pantries, and vaccine clinics to help care for your furry and feathered family members here.