New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance

On August 26, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on August 3, 2021. That moratorium was to have lasted until October 3, 2021 for U.S. counties with “substantial and high levels of community transmission” of the coronavirus (see New Hampshire counties in CDC COVID Data Tracker).

If you need assistance with an eviction, contact 603 Legal Aid, which provides free civil legal services to low-income people.

The 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?

  • 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 federal Homeowner Assistance Fund Program (HAF), which will provide assistance to homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, is expected launch this fall. 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

Keene

I just saw what you all paid for us today and I cried and couldn’t stop! We were on payment plans for everything and days before shut offs. I cannot put into words how grateful we are that you helped and we will not ever forgot this. We felt hopeless and like we were drowning in bills and depressed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, I feel like we have a new start!

Laconia

I am a single parent – a homeless disabled veteran – who was able to find housing at the start of the pandemic. One of my children was ill and at high risk at getting COVID. I had stay home for remote learning and was unable to get a job in the medical field due to concerns of infecting my child. With your help, we have been able to maintain our housing.

Manchester

The past year has been devastating financially as well as emotionally. To have a program that helps with overwhelming debt is such a God-send. The staff has made it uncomplicated and non-embarrassing. The worst thing about living with this heavy weight on your shoulders is having to ask for help but the staff has been informative, kind and has helped our situation in immeasurable ways. I cannot thank everyone enough and can now hopefully move forward with hope.

Manchester

Dozens of our residents have taken advantage of the rental assistance program… Tenants have been able to get up to three months rent covered, and the process has been relatively smooth…We took a proactive approach, sending out forms to tenants who were behind on rent, and working with tenants and CAP to complete the applications [from a property management company].