Financial Help for Single Mothers in New Hampshire


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 and everything boils down to the provision of basic necessities to those in need.


1New 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


2New 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.


3New 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.

As New Hampshire is expanding Medicaid coverage, Medicaid now covers almost all non-elderly adults up to 138% of poverty and children with family incomes up to 323% of poverty.

To apply for Medicaid, go to NH EASY (available from 6:00 AM until 12:00 AM), and complete an application online. Proof of income & household circumstances is required.


4New Hampshire Child Care Scholarship


New Hampshire provides financial assistance for income-eligible New Hampshire families who need help paying for child care. This assistance is known as NH Child Care Scholarship.

Families who receive Financial Assistance to Needy Families (FANF) and are in the FANF work program are given priority and will not be placed on the wait list.

To apply for a NH Child Care Scholarship, go to NH EASY or contact one of the Family Services Specialists (FSS) at 1-800-852-3345.


5New 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 the State WIC Agency at 1-800-942-4321 to be connected to a WIC office closest to where you live.


6New Hampshire Rental Assistance Program


The rental assistance programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). New Hampshire Housing helps qualified tenants with their rent payments by paying a portion of the monthly rent directly to the landlord.

Priority is given to extremely low-income families with children, those with household earnings less than 30% of an area’s median income.

To apply for rental assistance, complete the application form3 and return it to New Hampshire Housing at the address listed below.

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
Assisted Housing Division
PO Box 5087
Manchester, NH 03108
1-800-439-7247 (ext 9266)


7New 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 about $39,600 for a single mother of two.

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


8New Hampshire Unemployment Insurance


Unemployment insurance (UI) provides temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own — for up to 26 weeks.

As a condition of eligibility, you are required to actively seek suitable employment each week that you are collecting benefits. Failure to do so will result in denial of benefits.

Filing for unemployment compensation can be done either via online or by phone at 1-800-266-2252, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm EST.


  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. []
  3. Download/print the Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance Application []