Homeless Assistance & Prevention Services
The Bureau of Housing Supports assists with connecting individuals and families who are currently homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless with emergency sheltering and ongoing housing support and services.
If you are homeless or are experiencing a housing crisis, please call NH 2-1-1, or contact your local city or town welfare office. To find your local office, go to the NH Municipal Association web site and choose “Municipal Directory” from the Resource menu. Contact your town or city welfare for information on Legal aid.
Do you need help paying your rent and utilities because of COVID-19?
Find out about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP)
Apply online at www.capnh.org, or call 2-1-1 for assistance.
211 NH is here to help! The easiest way to reach out for help is to call 211; below are some other ways to connect to 211 NH. 211 looks forward to helping you. 211 is available 24 hours a day.
Phone: Dial 211 or 866-444-4211
TTY Number: 603-634-3388
Mail: 211 New Hampshire PO Box 211 Manchester, NH 03105
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The Bureau of Housing Supports (BHS) works with NH communities to develop programs and services for NH's homeless populations. These services are offered at the local level though community partners and services providers.
BHS plans for and funds homeless services through contracted agencies within New Hampshire's ten counties. BHS advocates for the needs of homeless people and ensures effective use of resources through program and fiscal monitoring of funded programs. BHS collaborates with other public agencies that serve homeless people, and with partner advocacy and service organizations to maximize effective use of resources.
To better understand the causes of homelessness and to ensure support networks are available for individual and families within their communities. Community agencies such as local police departments, town & city welfare offices, schools, hospitals, churches and other providers help BHS based on the collection of data through observation and outreach to NH's homeless populations.
The State of New Hampshire, Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS), provide funding to 42 programs, which provided shelter to homeless men, women and children. These shelter programs act as a safety net for individuals and families who have run out of options and would otherwise be without a place to sleep and are a critical component of the local homeless Continuums of Care.
Emergency Shelters across the State serve more than 700 people (individuals and families) on any given night in New Hampshire. Emergency shelters at a minimum provide for basic needs with a warm place to sleep, and many provide much more. Additional services include meals, assistance accessing mainstream resources and benefits, assistance accessing affordable housing, and/or comprehensive case management to assess needs and develop a plan to move forward, out of homelessness. Many shelters also have a transitional shelter component, whereby guests receive additional support around skill building ensuring they will be ready to maintain their new home once permanent housing is obtained.
Transitional Programs are programs that have specific admission requirements guests must meet in order to be admitted and that assist guests in developing the daily living skills needed to be successful in permanent housing. BHHS funds six such programs.
Specialty Shelters are programs intended to provide emergency shelter to a specific sub population of the homeless population, and services at these shelters are designed to meet the unique needs of those served. Six specialty shelters in the state serve individuals in recovery from substance abuse (3), homeless youth (1), pregnant women (1), and female ex-offenders (1). BHHS contracts with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) to provide funding to 12 Domestic Violence Shelters statewide. NHCADSV is a statewide network of local crisis centers providing safe and empowering environments for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Homeless victims of domestic violence, predominately women and children, receive emergency and transitional shelter as well as critical support services through these shelters.