Southwestern Community Services
NH Emergency rental assistance program
The New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP) provides assistance to elegible residents of New Hampshire who cannot pay their rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Have you experienced at least ONE OF THESE in the past year?
- Reduced income
- Significant costs
- Other financial hardship
- Qualified for unemployment benefits after March 12, 2020
- At risk of homelessness, paying more than 30% of your income for rent and utilities, or living in unsafe or unhealthy housing
- Under a certain income level
The NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program will cover up to 15 months of:
- Past-due and future rent payments, including late fees and legal fees (back to April 1, 2020)
- Past-due and furture utilities and home heating costs (back to March 13, 2020)
- Other housing-related costs such as internet and relocation expenses including rental application fees, utility hook-up fees, and security deposits.
What is the application process for NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program?
- Apply using the online application here or the printable application. Call us if you need assistance in completing the application or need a paper application.
- When you apply, we 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.
- We will review applications, and once approved, will process payments for expenses to landlords and utlities. We will make every effort to process each application as quickly as possible.
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.
If you need assistance with an eviction notice, contact NH Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC).