The NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP) provides financial assistance for New Hampshire renters who cannot pay their rent and utilities during the pandemic. The program works with tenants and landlords, and is expected to be available through at least 2022.  The state’s five Community Action Partnership agencies accept and process applications for assistance. Applications can be submitted at CAPNH.org.

Since it launched in March, NHERAP has expended $50 million to help more than 7,000 New Hampshire households remain in their homes by making payments to property owners and utility companies.

As of October 1, 2021, eligibility guidelines for the NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program state:  

  • Households may qualify for assistance for past-due and future rent and utility payments for a period not to exceed 18 months.
  • At least one person in the household must have qualified for unemployment benefits, had their income reduced, had significant costs, or had other financial hardship during the pandemic. Certain income requirements must be met.

NHERAP covers:

  • Past-due rent including reasonable late and legal fees.
  • Three months of future rent payments if needed for housing stability.
  • Utilities, such as electricity, home heating costs, water, sewer, trash.
  • Other housing-related costs such as internet and relocation expenses (including rental application fees, utility hook-up fees, and security deposits).
  • Households may qualify for utility assistance even if they do not receive or need rental assistance.

For eligibility details and to apply, go to:  CAPNH.org  or call 2-1-1 

The national eviction moratorium ended in August. If you need assistance with an eviction contact 603 Legal Aid, which provides free civil legal services to low-income people.  Note that Governor Sununu signed Senate Bill 126, which bars eviction for nonpayment of rent if tenants have paid or have qualified for rental assistance.

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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.
  • 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 pandemic-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.

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.

IMPORTANT

NHERAP applicants are accepted on a first-come basis to enable applications to be processed timely and for households to receive assistance quickly. When $150 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.

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