Nov 9 Update – Tuition Assistance and other aid

Oh sure, why not 2020

New Hampshire Shelter Modification Program

Governor Sununu has authorized the allocation of $15 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to support necessary homeless shelter modifications and expansion before December 30, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA) is accepting applications for grants to existing homeless shelters, including emergency, transitional, and domestic violence shelters, for physical modifications and operating costs to enable the shelters to meet the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NH Division of Public Health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due Date: Ongoing basis

Questions about the program can also be directed to Natasha Dube at 603-310-9281 or Ted Seely at 603-310-9292.

Supporting Children In Care Program

Supporting Children in Care Program, administered by New Hampshire Foster & Adoptive Parent Association (NHFAPA), is designed to benefit children in foster care, as well as foster and relative caregivers. Foster and relative caregivers may seek stipends of up to $500 per child, which shall pay for or offset the cost of the program identified by the applicant. This program will provide flexible options to foster and relative caregivers to assist them with finding the right summer or fall program for the youth in their care

Due Date: Thursday, December 1, 2020

New Hampshire Housing Relief Program

Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $35 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to support families or individuals in need of housing assistance as a result of COVID-19. Of the allocated $35 million, $20 million will be initially expended for rental assistance and other household-related expenses, with $15 million being held in reserve, for rent stabilization and housing support.

Due Date: Ongoing basis

For questions: Call 2-1-1 or email

Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) Tuition Assistance Program

Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the expenditure of $6 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) for the CCSNH Tuition Assistance Program, which will allow CCSNH to provide assistance to New Hampshire students who have faced COVID-19 related economic impacts.

Due Date: Ongoing basis

For questions:

Legislative Advisory Board

Information on the Governor’ Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery’s Legislative Advisory Board.

Governor Chris Sununu established the Legislative Advisory Board to provide the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) with accountability, transparency and integrity throughout the process of allocation and disbursement of the CARES Act funding in the State of New Hampshire.

Read Governor Sununu’s Letter .pdf Icon

Regular public meetings are held Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 1 p.m.

Call-in: 1-800-356-8278
PIN: 389388#

249 new positive cases of COVID-19 announced in New Hampshire by health officials

“In total, there have now been 12,488 COVID-19 cases in the state. Of those, 1,903 remain active and 10,096 have recovered.

Twenty-five of the new cases were in people under the age of 18, officials said.

Four more people were hospitalized with COVID-19, officials said. There have been 794 people hospitalized in New Hampshire for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, while 55 people are currently hospitalized.”

New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report

(data updated as of November 8, 2020 – 9:00 AM)

Number of Persons with COVID-19 112,488
Recovered10,096 (81%)
Deaths Attributed to COVID-19489 (4%)
Total Current COVID-19 Cases1,903
Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19794 (6%)
Current Hospitalizations55
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)2362,828
Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests232,402
Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHLN/A
Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL3501
Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time)4,025

1 Includes specimens positive at any laboratory and those confirmed by CDC confirmatory testing.
2 Includes specimens tested at the NH Public Health Laboratories (PHL), LabCorp, Quest, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Mako, certain hospital laboratories, the University of New Hampshire and their contracted laboratory, and those sent to CDC prior to NH PHL testing capacity.
3 Includes specimens received and awaiting testing at NH PHL. Does not include tests pending at commercial laboratories.

NH DHHS COVID-19 Update – November 8, 2020

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, DHHS announced 249 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a daily PCR test positivity rate of 1.4%. Today’s results include 127 people who tested positive by PCR test and 122 who tested positive by antigen test. There are now 1,903 current COVID-19 cases diagnosed in New Hampshire.

Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, there are twenty-five individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 54% being female and 46% being male. The new cases reside in Rockingham (46), Strafford (27), Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (26), Merrimack (23), Cheshire (15), Sullivan (15), Grafton (14), Belknap (7), Coos (5), and Carroll (4) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (32) and Nashua (18). The county of residence is being determined for seventeen new cases.

Four new hospitalized cases were reported. There are currently 55 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. This census may include out of state residents hospitalized in NH and/or individuals readmitted to the hospital, therefore increases in the daily hospital census may not always equal the number of new hospitalizations reported in a given day. Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. Of those with complete risk information, most of the cases are either associated with an outbreak setting or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

In New Hampshire since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 12,488 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 794 (6%) of those having been hospitalized.

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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