New Hampshire Benefits

Financial Assistance for Needy Families (FANF)

New Hampshire Financial Assistance for Needy Families Program (FANF) supports needy families with dependent children through cash aid. The FANF program has four subprograms and eligible candidates are automatically enrolled in the right program. Although all the programs have similar financial eligibility, other eligibility requirements vary across them.

The four sub-programs included in FANF are

a. New Hampshire Employment Program (NHEP); b. Family Assistance Program (FAP); c. Interim Disabled Parent (IDP) program; or d. Families With Older Children (FWOC).

Food Stamps (SNAP)

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services oversees the Food Stamp Program in the entire state. The aim of this program is to assist low income families feed the right nutrition and healthy diets to themselves and their dependents. The food stamp program in New Hampshire helps families to stay fed during during a time of unemployment or low wages.


New Hampshire Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) is for low-income households who are unable to pay high cost of heating. The program also provides emergency assistance to qualified households.


State and federal government funds New Hampshire Medicaid jointly. The program serves a wide range of NH residents who meet the eligibility criteria. The program pays providers to enroll and cover eligible children and adult living in the state of New Hampshire.


New Hampshire Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides financial assistance for unemployed workers when they have lost their job or have their weekly hours reduced beyond their full weekly entitlement without a fault of their own. The UI benefits provided by the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security help such workers with temporary financial assistance. Workers are also given various opportunities to improve their interview and other job skills so that they can get back to work at the earliest. The program only offers partial financial support and shouldn't be deemed as a full replacement wage. The amount of benefits is determined based on the wages workers receive during base period. Unemployment benefits are only available for unemployed workers who meet minimum requirements for the program. A worker must be unemployed or have reduced weekly hours and such unemployment/reduction in hours shouldn't be a result of a fault of the worker in order to qualify for UI benefits. The eligibility is determined each week when a workers files his/her weekly report and the benefits continue as long as one meets continued eligibility. Applying for UI benefits in the state of New Hampshire is easy with an intuitive online system. It hardly takes a few minutes to access the application. If you have everything ready, you should be able to complete your initial claim for UI benefits in no more than half an hour.


The New Hampshire Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally funded program that helps low-income families in the state, to reduce their energy related costs by installing energy efficiency measures in their homes. This program helps to complement other energy related programs such as LIHEAP and reduces the state’s overall dependency on foreign oil.


WIC New Hampshire is a program funded federally to provide food, infant formula and nutrition education to families living below the federal poverty guidelines. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children, who represent the populations that WIC serves. WIC is meant for low-income mothers who are pregnant or have children below the age of 5 years. The federal government funds the money to state agencies that, in turn, assist women and children in need.