Help for Single Mothers in NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire, NH

New Hampshire prides itself in having the lowest percentage of residents and children living in poverty in the country. Yet there are still far too many single mother families in Granite State who barely struggle to provide basic day-to-day necessities for their children.

New Hampshire Financial Assistance to Needy Families (FANF) #

New Hampshire's Financial Assistance for Needy Families (FANF) Program provides temporary cash benefits to low-income families with dependent children in New Hampshire.

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. 1

How much cash assistance will I get in NH?

According to the latest data, the maximum benefit for a family of three is $1,243 per month, making it the most generous of any state. Those eligible for FANF cash assistance are also eligible for Medicaid.

New Hampshire Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) #

New Hampshire 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 SNAP benefit largely depends upon your household size and net income. For example, eligible family of three in New Hampshire with no income may receive up to $740 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, SNAP benefits are issued exclusively via EBT.

How do I apply for SNAP in NH?

Applications for SNAP can be 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 low-income individuals and families in New Hampshire who lack adequate resources to pay for medical care, covering services like regular doctor check-ups, emergency room visits, prescription drugs, visits to specialists, and more.

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.

What is the maximum income to qualify for Medicaid in NH?

As New Hampshire is expanding Medicaid coverage, Medicaid now covers almost all non-elderly adults up to 138% of poverty level through a health plan called Granite Advantage Health Care.

Children under age 19 are eligible for CHIP with household incomes no higher than 323% of poverty level. For a family of three, that's about $80,300.

New Hampshire Medicaid 323% 201% 138%
1 $47,090 $29,310 $20,120
2 $63,700 $39,640 $27,210
3 $80,300 $49,970 $34,310
4 $96,900 $60,300 $41,400
5 $113,500 $70,630 $48,490
6 $130,100 $80,960 $55,590
7 $146,710 $91,290 $62,680
8 $163,310 $101,630 $69,770

A 5% disregard based on the federal poverty level (FPL) for the household size is applied and is reflected in the amounts shown above.

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 and household circumstances are required.

Medicaid Service Center

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.

As a condition of eligibility, 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.

What is the income limit for child care assistance in Illinois?

A family is considered “income eligible” when their gross monthly income is at or below 220% of the federal poverty level at the time of initial application.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 2 $3,615
  • 3 $4,558
  • 4 $5,500
  • 5 $6,443
  • 6 $7,385
  • 7 $8,327
  • 8 $9,269

How do I apply for child care assistance in New Hampshire?

There are 11 District Offices in NH that help families apply for child care assistance. To apply for a NH Child Care Scholarship, go to NH EASY or call one of the Family Services Specialists (FSS) at 1-800-852-3345.

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

New Hampshire 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 less than 185% of the federal poverty guidelines.

What is the income limit for WIC in NH?

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $2,248
  • 2 $3,040
  • 3 $3,833
  • 4 $4,625
  • 5 $5,418
  • 6 $6,210
  • 7 $7,003
  • 8 $7,795

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 #

The application process for the NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP) was paused on October 21, 2022, and will not be reopened.

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 Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) #

New Hampshire's Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) provides one-time financial assistance to qualified 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). For a family of three, it's $67,257.

Benefits range from $304 to $3,024, depending on household income and energy costs. Priority is given to households with elderly members, disabled members, and/or households with young children.

How do I apply for fuel assistance in NH?

To apply for fuel assistance in NH, please contact your local Community Action Agency (CAA) to set up an appointment or dial 2-1-1 for additional information.

New Hampshire Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) #

New Hampshire LIHWAP provides emergency assistance to low-income households who are disconnected or are in imminent threat of disconnection. Priority is given to households with the elderly, disabled or a young child under age 6.

Under New Hampshire's LIHWAP, eligible households may receive up to $1,500 within a 12-month period towards the payment of existing arrearages.

How do I get help paying my water bill in NH?

If you are in danger of falling behind on your water bills and need help, please contact your local Community Action Agency (CAA) to set up an appointment or learn more about the application process.

New Hampshire Unemployment Insurance #

New Hampshire Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary financial assistance to workers who are temporarily out of work through no fault of their own.

To be eligible for benefits in New Hampshire, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have lost employment through no fault of your own.
  2. You must have earned sufficient wages during the base period — the first 12 months of the 15 months prior to filing a claim.
  3. You must be unemployed or partially employed and earning less than your weekly unemployment insurance benefits.

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

How much is NH unemployment benefits?

If you are eligible for unemployment benefits, you may receive a weekly payment amount between $32 and $427. The maximum length of New Hampshire unemployment benefits is 26 weeks.

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 Promise Program #

Pell Grant-eligible students attending New Hampshire’s community colleges can now access so-called “last dollar” financial support to cover any remaining tuition expenses after other aid has been exhausted.

The term “last-dollar program” means that students would draw upon any available public funding first before being awarded Promise Program funds.

The program is open to students at all seven of the state's community colleges who have completed the FAFSA and qualify for Pell Grants.

Participants must also be enrolled in at least six credits per semester. Full and part-time students are eligible.

How do I apply for NH Promise Program?

No additional application is required as long as you’ve completed the FAFSA application. The financial aid office at your college will assist you if deemed eligible.


  1. CBPP, Increases in TANF Cash Benefit Levels Are Critical to Help Families Meet Rising Costs.

If this is not your state, please select yours here.
Share this article