- New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance
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.
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 www.CAPNH.org.
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?
Apply using the online application on each of the five Community Action Partnership agency websites. Click here to find the CAP agency that serves the community where you live.
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.
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
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 federal Homeowner Assistance Fund Program (HAF), which will provide assistance to homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, will be launched later this year. If you are at risk of foreclosure or are having difficulty paying your home mortgage, utilities, home insurance or property taxes, please call 2-1-1. This is a free service offered by Granite United Way and they will help identify resources available for you, which could include a referral for free housing counseling services.
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, in collaboration with GOFERR and the Community Action Partnership agencies.
Who NHERAP Has Helped
NHERAP applicants will be accepted on a first-come basis to enable applications to be processed timely and for households to receive assistance quickly. When $80 million of NHERAP funds have been distributed, qualifying households at or below 50% of AMI and households with one or more individuals that have not been employed for the 90-day period preceding the date of application will be prioritized for the remainder of the NHERAP funds.
NHERAP PROGRAM LINKS
- Apply at CapNH.org (Community Action Partnership agency)
- How to Complete the Online Application (video)
- NHERAP Frequently Asked Questions (Landlords)
- NHERAP Frequently Asked Questions (Tenants)
- NHERAP Preguntas Frecuentes
Please note that there is a federal eviction moratorium. This means that through July 31, 2021, landlords may not evict tenants due to nonpayment of rent during COVID-19 when tenants give their landlord the CDC Eviction Declaration Form.
If you need assistance with an eviction, contact 603 Legal Aid, which provides free civil legal services to low-income people.