Welfare

Our mission is to provide interim assistance with basic needs for those who do not have the resources to meet these needs and encourage community involvement in addressing issues to help break the circle of poverty.

Welfare Funding


Local welfare offices are funded primarily by property taxes. Every city and town in New Hampshire has someone appointed or elected to administer local welfare. If you need assistance, you would apply in the city or town where you reside unless you find yourself in an emergency situation in another community. You would then contact the local welfare office in that community.

Emergency Assistance


We provide interim, emergency assistance with basic needs for those unable to provide for themselves. Basic needs include:
  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Medications
  • Rent
  • Utilities
Assistance is issued in the form of vouchers for these items paid directly to a vendor. We will also refer you to other programs that will help you to meet these basic needs.

Work Opportunities


Those individuals assisted by the welfare department that are "work ready" will be enrolled in the City's workfare program.

Department of Health & Human Services


We are sometimes confused with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. We do not issue food stamps, Medicaid or cash assistance. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services administers these programs. They can be reached at 603-524-4485.