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.”
Current NHTI students should log into SIS and complete the survey there to assess your needs. Funds will be distributed by late February/early March so do not delay. You can find more information here or you can contact the Financial Aid office at NHTIfinaid@ccsnh.edu if you have any questions.
A stimulus payment of $600 has been approved for all eligible adults and qualifying children. Eligibility has been expanded to include families previously excluded due to the immigration status of adult family members, but not to adult dependents. If you have questions about this new stimulus payment or did not receive the $1,200 stimulus payment over the summer, 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 payment over the summer, you may need to file for a Recovery Rebate Credit with your 2020 taxes.
Claims have been fast-tracked and many of the prior requirements for assistance have been suspended. Employment Security offices are closed but the Unemployment Hotline is staffed during normal business hours to answer your questions. The hotline number is 603-271-7700.
While the state’s unemployment program is capped at $427 per week for approved recipients, the December 2020 federal stimulus package added an additional $300 per week for the next 11 weeks until March 14, 2021. Gig workers, such as Uber drivers or certain delivery drivers, as well as artists and other workers considered self-employed are covered under the package. If you are unemployed and have not filed, you should do so; benefits are usually retroactive from the date of unemployment.
Immigrant Families Fund
For those that were not eligible for relief funds under the CARES Act due to immigration status and have financial losses due to COVID-19, you can apply for $500 to help with urgent needs.
Affordable Care Act
Uninsured NH residents can buy health insurance through the federal marketplace during a special enrollment period from February 15 – May 15. Those qualifying for financial assistance can receive support when signing up through HealthCare.gov.
CDC Eviction Ban
As of September 4th, the Federal government has put in place protections from eviction through March 31, 2021 to try to help those that are housing insecure. Tenants should apply for rental assistance through their local Community Action Program and/or their town welfare office, and pay as much of their rent as possible. When the moratorium ends, tenants will be required to pay all overdue rent and possibly associated penalties, fees, or interest as well. The new moratorium does not require that tenants’ financial challenges be directly caused by COVID-19. Frequently asked questions and the certification form tenants must sign and give to their landlords is available here.
Manchester, NH Housing Assistance
The program provides grants of up to $4,500 that can be used to cover rent, mortgage, or utility payments and are available to Manchester low- or moderate- income households who have lost income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.
Protections for Homeowners
Additional protections and extensions of relief programs for homeowners have been extended through June 30, 2021 by the Federal government. 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 Assistance Program
A new federally funded New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP) will launch March 15 to provide assistance to eligible residents of New Hampshire who cannot pay their rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To be eligible for rental or utility assistance, at least one person in the household must have qualified for unemployment benefits, had their income reduced, had significant costs, or had other financial hardship due to COVID-19. The household must be at risk for homelessness or housing instability, and meet certain income requirements. Look here for more information on the program and to sign up for assistance.
This free tax preparation program is available to individuals and families with household incomes up to $56,844, the upper income limit for the earned income tax credit (EITC), annually. Taxes are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers who assist low-to-moderate income residents to access the greatest amount of refunds. You can go to NHTaxhelp.org or dial 211 to connect with a volunteer that can assist you virtually.
Xfinity Internet is offering free public Xfinity wifi hotspots through June 30, 20212. 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. The Lifeline Program allows eligible customers to lower their home/mobile phone or high-speed broadband costs. HUD, in partnership with EveryoneOn is able to offer free or reduced-cost internet to qualified households.
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
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.