New Hampshire Financial Assistance to Needy Families (FANF) #
The Financial Assistance for Needy Families Program (FANF) provides temporary cash benefits to low-income families with dependent children in New Hampshire. Eligibility is based on 4 different categories.
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.
New Hampshire passed legislation in 2017 to tie FANF benefit levels to 60% of the federal poverty line and to adjust them automatically each year.
How much cash assistance will I get in NH?
At the time of this writing, the maximum monthly benefit for a family of three is $1,086, making it the most generous of any state. Those eligible for FANF cash assistance are also eligible for Medicaid.
New Hampshire Food Stamp Program #
NH’s Food Stamp Program — officially called SNAP, provides eligible individuals and households with monthly benefits used to purchase food items at grocery stores, supermarkets or other participating food retailers.
The amount of your Food Stamp benefit depends upon your household size. A family of three in New Hampshire may receive about $289 per month.
If you are accepted into the program, your benefits are automatically deposited to your EBT Card each month you are eligible. Unlike FANF cash benefits, Food Stamp benefits are issued exclusively via EBT.
How do I apply for SNAP in NH?
Application for SNAP/FANF is done online via NH EASY, New Hampshire’s Electronic Application System where you can apply for assistance, check eligibility, track your application status, and more.
New Hampshire Medicaid #
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.
How do I apply for Medicaid in NH?
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.
New 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 with gross income below 220% of the federal poverty guidelines is eligible for NH Child Care Scholarship. Applicants must be working, looking for work, going to school, or involved in the NH Employment Program to qualify.
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.
How do I apply for child care assistance in New Hampshire?
To apply for a NH Child Care Scholarship, you must submit your application online at NH EASY or contact one of the Family Services Specialists (FSS) at 1-800-852-3345.
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.
How do I apply for WIC in NH?
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.
New Hampshire Rental Assistance Program #
Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), NH Rental Assistance Program 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 form 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)
New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program #
If you are behind on rental or mortgage payment due to COVID-19 and need help, you may want to apply for assistance through NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Anyone whose ability to pay rent, mortgage, or utilities has been impacted by COVID-19, may apply through their local Community Action Partnership agency for a one-time grant of up to $2,500.
The program will pay past-due rent and utilities beginning April 1, 2020 for a period not to exceed 15 months. Assistance will be available through December 31, 2021, depending on availability of funds.
Apply using the online application on each of the five Community Action Partnership agency websites. Click here to find the CAP agency that serves the community where you live.
New Hampshire Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) #
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 60% of the State Median Income (SMI). Priority is given to households with elderly members, disabled members, and/or households with young children.
Benefits range from $158 to $1,575, depending on household income and energy costs. To apply for Fuel Assistance, contact your local Community Action Agency (CAA) to set up an appointment.
New Hampshire Unemployment Insurance #
Unemployment insurance (UI) provides temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own — for up to 26 weeks. The state pays up to $427 per week.
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.
How do I file for unemployment online in NH?
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.
New Hampshire "Summer Stipend Program" #
New Hampshire will end its participation in a $300-per-week federal unemployment program early, but will offer "Summer Stipends" to encourage people to find jobs.
Anyone filing for unemployment benefits in New Hampshire, returning to work and staying at work for at least 8 consecutive weeks will be eligible for a return-to-work bonus of $500 and $1,000 for part- and full-time positions, respectively.
The stipends will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those earning $25 or less per hour (equivalent to a $52,000 annual salary).