An overview of current programs and programs under development
Programs Currently in Operation
New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program
NHERAP funds can cover current and past due rent, as well as utility and home energy costs for eligible households. This assistance is available retroactive to April 1, 2020 through the date of application, and the applicant may also receive assistance for these same expenses going forward. Households may receive assistance for a total of 12 months.
Payments will be provided directly to the landlord or utility provider on behalf of the household. Landlords, with the tenant’s permission, may apply for assistance on behalf of their tenant.
To be eligible, at least one person in the household must qualify for unemployment benefits, had their income reduced, had significant costs, or had other financial hardship due to COVID-19. The household must also be at risk for homelessness and meet certain income requirements.
The program is federally funded and must follow federal law. This program is only for eligible renters and landlords, not homeowners, per federal rules.
Locality Equipment Purchase Program
The Locality Equipment Purchase Program provides support of up to $50,000 per New Hampshire locality (cities and towns) for purchasing safety and emergency equipment needed as a result of or in response to the health crisis and its negative effects.
Among other things, that could include equipment needed in response to personnel shortages related to the health crisis. All reimbursed costs have to be allowable expenses under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.
Youth Residential Facility Improvement Program
The Youth Residential Facility Improvement Program provides support for up to 50% of the cost of eligible projects, up to a maximum award of $5,000,000 per entity, for New Hampshire non-profits that provide transitional housing for young adults under the age of 22, are recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and are currently licensed by DHHS to provide youth treatment in a residential setting. A portion of the fund is set aside for smaller projects.
Reimbursable expenses include those related to facility improvements to improve indoor air quality, mitigate the spread of respiratory diseases including COVID-19, improve the provision of services, install physical modifications that address staffing challenges, or to ensure the health and safety of program participants while maintaining the approved program capacity.
Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program
The Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program provides awards to local restaurants seeking reimbursement for eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchases up to an award cap of $15,000.
Such purchases must be a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to be eligible under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.
Programs Under Development
Please check this page for more information, which will be posted in the coming weeks.
Federal Stimulus Programming and Guidance