Emergency Rental Assistance

The New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides assistance to eligible residents who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are at risk for homelessness, or living in unsafe or unhealthy housing. Please help us get the word out about this important federal/state rent and utility assistance program for people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.If you are a community partner with questions, please contact Lynn Greenleaf Lippitt at llippitt@nhhfa.orgIf you have a client or customer who needs assistance, please refer them to CAPNH.org or 2-1-1.
Please share and post our flyer where feasible. Thank you! Apply for assistance through a Community Action Partnership (CAP) agency. The CAP agency will assist with the application process. The application can be completed online, or a paper application can be requested or downloaded (in English and Spanish).

WHAT THE PROGRAM COVERSPast-due and future rent paymentsUtilities, such as electricity, home heating, costs, water, sewer, trashOther housing-related costs such as internet and relocation expenses associated directly or indirectly with COVID-19Relocation expenses including rental application fees, utility hook-up fees, and security depositsYou may qualify for utility assistance even if you do not receive or need rental assistance

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITYAt least one person in your household has qualified for unemployment benefits, had their income reduced, had significant costs, or had other financial hardship due to COVID-19.Certain income requirements must be met.You do not need to be receiving unemployment benefits payments.The CAP agency will assist in identifying information needed.Eligible households may qualify for assistance for past-due and future rent and utility payments for a period not to exceed 15 months.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentโ€™s (HUD) Find Shelter tool provides information about housing, shelter, health care, and clothing resources in communities across New Hampshire.
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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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