Local Resources for Families in Need

Town Welfare Office. All towns in New Hampshire are required to assist their residents with basic needs, which includes housing. If you need financial help, contact your town or city hall and ask for the welfare official. If the welfare official is not available, ask for the town or city manager. 

South Western Community Services will be conducting housing assistance appointments by phone only. Please call 603-542-9528.

Call 2-1-1 in New Hampshire or visit their websites for housing resources including overnight shelter, rental housing, tenant rights, and more.

New Hampshire: www.211nh.org          Vermont: www.vermont211.org

Click here for information on how CAPNH.org can help!

Evictions and Foreclosures

New Hampshire Housing Relief Program

Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $35 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to support families or individuals in need of housing assistance as a result of COVID-19. Of the allocated $35 million, $20 million will be initially expended, with $15 million being held in reserve, for rent stabilization and housing support.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) will provide the funds to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) which will then make an initial disbursement of funds to New Hampshire’s five Community Action Program (CAP) agencies, with additional funding provided based on use and need. The CAP agencies have experience administering other emergency housing funds, and their experience working with renters and property owners throughout the communities they serve will allow the Housing Relief Program funds to quickly reach people who are struggling to pay their rent. They are also well-positioned to connect renters with other resources and services they may need.

The New Hampshire Housing Relief Program is designed to keep people from losing their housing and to secure or maintain permanent housing. The program has two components: one-time assistance grants; and a short-term rental assistance program.

Both the one-time grants and the short-term rental assistance will be coupled with regional case management services to help connect households to appropriate services as defined by the household and the agency. Program payments will be made directly to the landlord or provider, and this program will end by December 30, 2020. 

Click here to read the letter from the Community Action Partnership of NH President, John A. Manning. 

Apply online through your local Community Action Agency.

Click here to find the SCS serving Sullivan & Cheshire Counties

Southwestern Community Services
Serving Sullivan and Cheshire Counties
Phone 603-352-7512

NH Legal Aid
Legal Information, Referrals, and Pro Se Assistance

For additional Assistance:

Guidance to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to COVID-19

Resources for Shared and Congregate Housing