Three Federal stimulus payments were approved for all eligible adults and qualifying children. If you have questions about these stimulus payments or did not receive one or some of the 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 2021 taxes. If you did not receive any payments, and did not file taxes in 2019 or 2020 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 2021 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. 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 Homeowner Assistance Fund
The NH Homeowner Assistance Fund program provides help for homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgage, property taxes, utility bills and other home-related expenses. Find more information here and apply.
Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief
The Low & Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program was designed to lessen the economic burden of the State Education Property Tax on certain at-risk taxpayers. Applications are only accepted between May 1st and June 30th. For more information about eligibility criteria and to apply, click 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
The CAP agencies administer utility assistance programs that are not COVID pandemic related. Find out more about the Electric Assistance Program, Fuel Assistance Program, and the Weatherization Assistance Program.
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) helps families with qualifying children get a tax break. You may be able to claim the credit even if you don’t normally file a tax return.
WorkNowNH is a FREE new state program brought to you by the NH Department of Employment Security that is available to individuals enrolled in Medicaid or receiving SNAP or TANF benefits. The program provides support and assistance to qualified individuals in order to become job ready and to meet hiring employers. Financial assistance can include tuition, books, fees, and supplies, as well travel reimbursement and child care registration fees.
The Affordable Connectivity Program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet 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. This Program 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.
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.
The Lifeline Program is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service.
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.
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.
Supplemental Food for Seniors
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a nutrition program that provides free food and nutrition information to promote good health for Seniors age 60 and over. You can find more information about this program here.
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.