Welfare Assistance

Welfare Officer

Suzanne Goulet

Phone: 603-922-5533
Fax: 603-922-3317


Fuller Town Hall
1956 US Route 3
PO Box 366
Stratford, NH 03590

Revised Welfare Guidelines coming soon

For immidiate local help, the First Baptist Church of N. Stratford is operating a Food Pantry at the church and free clothing outreach at their former thrift shop on the Town Common. For more details and contact info see: Food Pantry and Clothing.

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Local Food Pantry at First Baptist Church of N. Stratford, 51 Main St. Stratford NH
more info and contact

Colebrook Area Food Pantry, 55 Pleasant St. Colebrook NH 603-237-8030

Helping Hands North Inc., 96 Main St. Colebrook NH 603-237-5891

North Country Weekend Backpack Program 113 Main St. Lancaster, NH 603-788-4654

Assistance for fuel, electrical, weatherization, transportation, and homelessness contact Tri-County-Cap or Service Link.

 The New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The New Hampshire Rental Assistance Program provides rent and utility assistance to eligible households who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Have you experienced at least ONE OF THESE in the past year?
•  Reduced income
•  Significant costs
•  Other financial hardship
•  Qualified for unemployment benefits after March 12, 2020

Are you:
•  At risk of homelessness, paying more than 30% of your income for rent and utilities, or living in unsafe or unhealthy housing
•  Under a certain income level

The NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program will cover up to 15 months of:
•  Past-due and future rent payments, including late fees and legal fees (back to April 1, 2020)
•  Past-due and future utilities and home heating costs (back to March 13, 2020)
•  Other housing-related costs such as internet and relocation expenses including rental application fees, utility hook-up fees, and security deposits

What is the application process for NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program?
•  Apply using the online application. Call us if you need assistance in completing the application or need a paper application.
•  When you apply, we 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 COVID-related income hardships.
•  We will review applications, and once approved, will process payments for expenses to landlords and utilities. We will make every effort to process each application as quickly as possible.

Coös County Family Dental

​As a division of Coös County Family Health Services (CCFHS), Coös County Family Dental adheres to the same standards for providing innovative, personalized comprehensive health care services of the highest quality to everyone regardless of economic status.

Service Offerings
Dental Hygiene 
Fluoride Treatment

Sliding Fee Discount Program
Preventative and basic services are available to qualifying individuals on a sliding scale. The following discounts have been established for our dental program:
Level A:  $25.00
Level B:  80% Discount or $25 Minimum
Level C:  60% Discount
Level D:  40% Discount
Qualifying Services include periodic oral exams, cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments, full-range of x-rays, fillings, basic extractions, and limited periodontal therapy.
Exclusions from the program include crowns, root canals, and specialty services.
Ask us for an application at your next appointment or stop by the office.

Integrating Care
As a provider of primary health care services, CCFHS understands the importance of oral health and its impact on overall health.
To this end, CCFHS is working towards the development of an electronic health record which will house information on medical and dental services provided to patients.  Upon completion of this project, patients of CCFHS and Coös County Family Dental will benefit from the development of continuous and seamless communication between their dental and medical providers. 

Tamworth Dental Center

Tri-County CAP’s Tamworth Dental Center is a modern dental practice that offers you full-service oral health care. Located at 448 B White Mountain Highway (Route 16), 0.8 miles south of Chocorua Village (Routes 16/113), we are on the campus of the Tri-County Community Action Program Resource Center, right next to Eastern Propane.
We have an excellent, friendly, experienced staff, highly qualified to offer you the best oral health care in a clean, state-of-the-art facility, using all new equipment, electronic records, and low exposure digital x-rays. We make your visits as comfortable as possible. The Center is also handicap accessible.
We welcome all new child and adult patients, whether you be self-paying, fully insured or covered by NH or Maine Medicaid. We also accept most major adult and family dental insurance plans (Delta, Met Life, etc.). We participate in Care Credit time payment plans and we offer a reduced rate to low-income individuals without insurance. In most circumstances, payment is expected at the time of the visit.
As part of a statewide outreach to young children, we operate the School Smiles program which offers in-school education and oral health screening and referrals to children in southern Carroll County. Please call our office at (603) 323-7645 (323-SMILE) to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions, are experiencing a dental emergency or would like to discuss your child’s or your own oral health.

Fuel Assistance Program:  As funds become available, the Fuel Assistance Program provides benefits to qualified New Hampshire households to assist with heating costs. The Fuel Assistance Program can also help households during a heating emergency by securing an emergency delivery of fuel, delaying a shut-off notice or referring clients to another source of assistance. Fuel Assistance benefits are a grant and do not have to be paid back and can range from $210 to $1,575, depending on household income and energy costs. Benefits are calculated taking into account household income, energy costs, the number of heating degree days within a region and housing type. This targeting allows the Fuel Assistance Program to provide those households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs with the highest benefits.

Electric Assistance Program: The New Hampshire Electric Assistance Program (EAP) gives eligible customers a discount on their monthly electric bills. The discount is from 8%-76% on your gross household income size and electricity usage. Customers of the following companies may apply for the discount:

  • Eversource Energy
  • Liberty Utilities
  • NH Electric Co-op
  • Unitil Energy Systems

Household Size 30-day Income Limit
1 $2,577
2 $3,370
3 $4,163
4 $4,956
5 $5,749
6 $6,542
7 $6,691
8 $6,839

Coös County:

603-752-3248 ext. 1
Fax: 603-752-7982
53 Main St
Berlin, NH 03570
Email: berlincc@tccap.org
Outreach days will be held at the following locations:
Call 603-752-3248 for dates and times.
Lancaster Town Hall
25 Main St, Lancaster, NH
Colebrook Head Start
53 Park St, Colebrook, NH

Help for Homeowners

The Homeowner Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for New Hampshire homeowners who cannot pay their home mortgage, utilities, home insurance, association fees, and/or property taxes during the pandemic. The program is expected to be available through at least 2022.
NH Homeowner Assistance Fund is a federally funded homeowner assistance program through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR). It is administered by New Hampshire Housing, who will be accepting and processing applications.
Eligible homeowners must:

  • Have experienced a COVID related reduction in income or increase in household expense after January 21, 2020.
  • Own and occupy the property as their primary residence.
  • Have incomes of less than 125% of Area Median Income.

Homeowner Assistance Fund covers:

  • Mortgage Loan Reinstatement – maximum benefit $20,000*
  • Property Charges Default Resolution – maximum benefit $20,000*
  • Utility/Internet Payment Assistance – maximum benefit $3,000*

*Total assistance per households is $20,000 for all programs combined

Review: NH Homeowner Assistance Fund Fact Sheet
Before you apply: Application Guide and Checklist
Apply Now: https://haf.homehelpnh.org 

Call 211 For Help

​211 NH is the connection for New Hampshire residents to the most up to date resources they need from specially trained Information and Referral Specialists. 211 NH is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is also available. For those outside of New Hampshire, call 1.866.444.4211.
211 NH is an initiative of Granite United Way and relies on the generosity of donors and partners like Eversource, the State of New Hampshire, Volunteer NH and local United Ways.

Head Start
Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive child development program that serves income eligible families with children between the ages of 3 and 5. The Tri-County Community Action Head Start program serves families in Carroll, Coös and Grafton counties.

Head Start Business Office: (603) 752-7138
Berlin (603) 752-7138
Conway (603) 447-5161
Colebrook/Pittsburg (603) 237-8190
Groveton (603) 636-2625
Littleton (603) 444-6022

Need help with your utility bill? A new program can help income-eligible households pay past due balances. To learn more and to apply, contact your local Community Action Agency.

Visit the link below to find the community action agency closest to you
For immidiate local help, the First Baptist Church of N. Stratford is operating a Food Pantry at the church and free clothing outreach at their former thrift shop on the Town Common. For more details and contact info see: Food Pantry and Clothing.