Welfare Department

About Us

The City of Nashua Welfare Department promotes, protects, and preserves the health and well-being of our community by helping individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency through direct assistance or referrals to community resources in order to meet basic needs. 

Our goal is to have universal access for individuals and families to connect to necessary resources and services so everyone in our community can thrive and prosper.

How to Apply

We provide interim assistance for low income residents through a voucher system. Assistance is available with rent, food, utilities, medication, and limited burial/cremation assistance. 

  • Each applicant will be interviewed confidentially to review household circumstances and eligibility for assistance. 
  • Applications are available at our office during hours of operation (excluding holidays). 
  • Under NH Law RSA 165, every town and city in New Hampshire is mandated to relieve and maintain those in need and are required to have written guidelines to ascertain eligibility. If you do not live in Nashua, please contact your local town office for information and assistance.
    • Amherst (603) 673-6041
    • Brookline (603) 673-8855
    • Hollis (603) 465-2209
    • Hudson (603) 886-6024
    • Lyndeborough (603) 654-5955
    • Merrimack (603) 424-2331
    • Milford (603) 249-0672
    • Pelham (603) 508-3074
    • Wilton (603) 654-3299
  1. Welfare Department

    Physical Address
    18 Mulberry Street
    1st Floor
    Nashua, NH 03060

    Phone: 603-589-4555
    Fax: 603-594-3643

    Monday - Friday

    8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Closed for Lunch

    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We Want To Hear From You!

Tell us about your experience with the City of Nashua Welfare Department. This information will help us identify our strengths and areas to improve upon.

Survey Link: EnglishSpanish

City of Nashua Welfare Department Forms

The following forms must be submitted along with a completed application for consideration for General Assistance. To obtain an application for assistance, call the City of Nashua Welfare Department at 603-589-4555. These forms can be filled out on a smart phone or computer and submitted electronically, scanned and e-mailed to Welfare2@NashuaNH.gov, or printed and delivered to the City of Nashua Welfare Department.

Guidelines & Standards

Additional Assistance Programs

Rent and Utility Assistance during COVID-19

The New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP) provides rent and utility assistance to eligible households who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. NHERAP 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 future 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 

Apply online using this application. If you need assistance in completing the application or need a paper application, call Southern NH Services (SNHS) at 603-889-3440. When you apply, SNHS will assist you in identifying the information and documents you need. They will review applications, and once approved, will process payments for expenses to landlords and utilities.

Homelessness Assistance

If you are experiencing homelessness in Nashua, contact the Coordinated Entry Line at 1-844-800-9911. They will complete an assessment and refer you to the appropriate agency for assistance. You may also contact NH 2-1-1 (Dial 211 in NH) for homeless resources outside of Nashua.

Long Term Assistance

If you are seeking information on long term assistance programs such as Financial Assistance To Needy Families (FANF), foster care, disability grants, Medicaid, nursing home care, elderly care, or the food stamp program, contact the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-852-3345. If you live in Greater Nashua, contact the State branch at 603-883-7726.

Entitlement Programs

For entitlement programs such as disability, Medicare, retirement benefits, or widow benefits, contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or visit their website at Social Security Online.

If you are looking for information on other non-profit human service organizations within the Greater Nashua Region, visit the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care toolkit. This toolkit includes information on area homeless shelters, food pantries, mental health services, and more.

If you are seeking information on obtaining unemployment compensation benefits, job re-training, current employment opportunities, or job search techniques you may contact the Department of Employment Security at 603-882-5177 or visit their website at New Hampshire Employment Security Home Page.