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. 

The goal of the Welfare Program 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 Does City Welfare Work?

The City of Nashua Welfare Department provides interim assistance for low income residents through a voucher system. Assistance is available with rent, food, utilities, and medication. 

  • Each applicant will be interviewed confidentially to review household circumstances and eligibility for assistance. 
  • Applications are available during hours of operation (excluding holidays).
  • Under NH Law RSA 165, every town and city in the State 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 (see below).

Guidelines & Standards

  1. Welfare Department

    Physical Address
    142 Main Street
    Suite 410
    Nashua, NH 03060

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

COVID-19 Updates

The City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) is undergoing a temporary building relocation to allow for renovation at our 18 Mulberry Street location, expected to take one year. During this time:

  • To request an application and to schedule an interview for determination of assistance requested, call 603-589-4555. 
  • Application materials may be sent via the following:
    • Electronically via email to Welfare2@nashuanh.gov
    • Via facsimile to 603-594-3643
    • Mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to: 142 Main Street, Suite 410, Nashua, NH 03060

If you need to pick up or drop off application materials, please call us.

Assistance during COVID-19

If you are behind in rent, mortgage, or utility payments related to issues around COVID-19, help is available. 

  • If you live in Hillsborough or Rockingham County, contact Southern NH Services via phone at 603-668-8010 ext. 6311 or email at ActionTeam@snhs.org
  • To apply for assistance, click here
  • For contact information of other communities providing assistance through the Community Action Program (CAP), visit www.capnh.org.

If you are looking for general assistance with rent, mortgage, or utilities, contact your local municipal Welfare Office and/or Town Hall. The number to call for the City of Nashua is 603-589-4555. Contact information for the Greater Nashua Region can be found below.

  • Amherst: 603-673-6041
  • Brookline: 603-673-8855
  • Hollis: 603-465-2209
  • Hudson: 603-886-6024    
  • Merrimack: 603-424-2331
  • Milford: 603-249-0672

Additional resource agencies providing assistance at this time include:

Have you lost work due to COVID-19?

Who is eligible for unemployment benefits under the Federal CARES Act?

In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits, you are required to file a continued claim each week certifying the reason(s) you were unable or unavailable to work for the prior week. Here are the updated questions, required by the Federal CARES Act, that you will see when filing your weekly claim. 

If you are able to self-certify as to being unable or unavailable to work because one of the circumstances in the above document related to COVID-19, then you are eligible for unemployment benefits under the Federal CARES Act. For more information, visit NH Employment Security or call the unemployment assistance hotline at 603-271-7700.

If you do not have access to a computer and need to complete an application online, call the local office of employment security in Nashua at 603-882-5177. 

As of March 19th, the NH Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Bureau of Family Assistance District Office buildings will be closed for client-facing activities until further notice. People in need of assistance may apply for benefits online at www.nheasy.nh.gov and will be scheduled for a phone interview in order to complete their benefits application.

City of Nashua Welfare Department Forms

The following forms are available electronically. They can be filled out on a smart phone or computer and submitted electronically, or can be scanned and e-mailed to Welfare2@NashuaNH.gov, or printed and delivered to the Welfare Office.

These forms must be submitted along with a completed application for consideration for General Assistance. To obtain an application for assistance, call the Welfare Department at 603-589-4555.  

Assistance Programs

Homelessness Assistance

If you are experiencing homelessness in Nashua, you should 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 possible homeless resources outside of Nashua. 

Long Term Assistance

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

Entitlement Programs

For entitlement programs such as disability, Medicare, retirement benefits, and 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, you may contact the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care. Their 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, and 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.

Additional Information

For More Information: 603-589-4555