New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance

A new federally funded New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP) launched March 15, 2021 to provide assistance to eligible residents who cannot pay their rent and utilities due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the NHERAP Program Update for May 2021

The five regional Community Action Partnership (CAP) agencies are accepting applications and administering payments for the program. Full program guidelines and the NHERAP application are available at

The NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program will:

  • Cover past-due and future rent payments; utilities, such as electricity, home heating costs, water, sewer, trash; and other housing-related costs such as internet and relocation expenses associated directly or indirectly with COVID-19. Relocation expenses including rental application fees, utility hook-up fees, and security deposits are eligible.

  • Assist eligible households that may qualify for financial assistance for past-due and future rent payments beginning April 1, 2020 for a period not to exceed 12 months (or 15 months when necessary to ensure housing stability, subject to funding availability).

  • Assist eligible households that may qualify for financial assistance for utility payments beginning March 13, 2020 for a period not to exceed 12 months (or 15 months when necessary to ensure housing stability, subject to funding availability). You may qualify for utility assistance even if you do not receive or need rental assistance.

  • Pay grants directly to the landlord or utility provider on behalf of the household.

  • Allow a landlord, with the tenant’s permission, to assist the tenant in applying for funds. We encourage tenants and landlords to talk to one another about participating in the program because both will need to provide information on the application.

What is the application process for NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program?

  • Call your CAP agency or 2-1-1 and request a paper application to complete.

  • If you need assistance in completing the application, contact your CAP agency or call 2-1-1 to identify your CAP agency.

  • When you apply, the CAP agency will assist you in identifying the information and documents you need. This may include documentation of: unemployment, job loss, or hours being reduced, increased expenses, or other COVID-related income hardships

  • The CAP agencies will review applications, check eligibility, and process payments for expenses to landlords and utilities. CAP staff are also available to assist with the application process.

  • Applications are processed in the order that they are received.

You are eligible for rental and/or utility assistance if:

  • At 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. (You do not need to be receiving unemployment benefits payments to get help from this program.)

  • The household must be at risk for homelessness, be paying more than 30% of their income for rent and utilities, or live in unsafe or unhealthy housing, as well as meet certain income requirements.  

This program is for renters and landlords, not homeowners.

The NHERAP is a federally funded rental assistance program through the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR). It is administered by New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA), in collaboration with GOFERR and the Community Action Partnership agencies.

Who NHERAP Has Helped

Belknap County

A woman lost her housing when her roommate / owner of the home became ill with Covid-19. She began living in her car and slept in at a Park and Ride lot. NHERAP helped get her into a hotel to live, and paired her with homeless outreach services to help her find long-term housing and other assistance.


A family of 5 was struggling as both parents were out of work due to COVID and medical issues, and their income was impacted. NHERAP helped them avoid eviction after getting months behind on rent, and also provided assistance in paying gas, electric and internet arrearages.


A mother of 11 year old twins was struggling as she had to homeschool her children and eventually was out of work due to COVID-19 and her income was impacted. NHERAP helped them avoid eviction after being late for rent and also provided assistance in paying gas and electric.


A single father with 2 children under the age of five was laid off due to the pandemic.  He contracted COVID-19 and was unable to look for work during that time and fell behind on rent. NHERAP helped him pay his past due rent and future rent while he looks for a job.