Financial Help for Single Mothers in New Hampshire

Last updated: March 5, 2013 by Dawn

As New Hampshire is one of the least populated states in the country, single mothers may have an easier time applying for financial assistance compared to those who live in other more populated states.

For starters, they would have less competition to worry about and, if ever, a shorter waiting period as well.

There are several key points which these state programs hope to achieve.

But everything boils down to the provision of basic necessities to those in need. Here, the aim is to bridge the gap created by poverty.

New Hampshire Financial Assistance for Needy Families Program (FANF)

The Financial Assistance for Needy Families Program (FANF) provides temporary cash benefits to low-income families with dependent children in New Hampshire. Single adults without dependent children are ineligible for assistance.

The cash assistance available under FANF is temporary in nature, and it’s limited to a maximum of 60 months. The amount depends upon the family’s income, resources, and living arrangements.1

Those eligible for FANF cash assistance are also eligible for Medicaid; children of FANF eligible families are eligible for Healthy Kids Gold coverage.2

New Hampshire Food Stamp Program

The Food Stamp Program provides eligible individuals and households with monthly benefits used to purchase food items at grocery stores, supermarkets or other participating food retailers.

According to the USDA, the maximum food stamp benefits for a family of one is $200 per month. For a family of two, it’s $367 and $526 for a family of three.

If you are accepted into the program, your benefits are automatically deposited to your EBT Card each month you are eligible.

New Hampshire Medicaid

The New Hampshire Medicaid serves needy individuals and families in New Hampshire who lack adequate resources to pay for medical care. It is also an important source of aid for elderly people in nursing homes.

Eligible participants are children under the age of 19, pregnant women, low-income families with children, and people who are aged, blind, or who have disabilities. Refugees and non-citizens may also qualify.

To apply for Medicaid, go to nheasy.nh.gov, and complete an application online. Proof of income & household circumstances is required.

New Hampshire Special Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy supplemental foods for eligible pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age 5 who meet the income guidelines.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of the state of New Hampshire, have a medical or nutritional risk, and have a gross household income that does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty guidelines.

WIC Agencies provide services in all New Hampshire counties. You may call call the State WIC Agency at 1-800-942-4321 to be connected to a WIC office closest to where you live.

New Hampshire Fuel Assistance Program (FAP)

The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) provides one-time financial assistance to qualified New Hampshire households who are having trouble paying for heat during the winter season.

The state of New Hampshire’s income guidelines are currently based on 200% of the federal poverty level, which is $38,180 for a family of three.

Priority is granted to households with the elderly (60 years of age & older), disabled or a young child under age 5.


  1. In 2011, the average monthly cash benefit was roughly $507, while the maximum a family can receive per month ranges from $539 for one person to $738 for a family of four.
    Source: New Hampshire FPI []
  2. Healthy Kids Silver and Healthy Kids Gold will now be called Medicaid. []