NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE AND LOCAL FUNDS
- New Hampshire has a statute
dating back to the 1840's that requires towns and cities to provide emergency welfare
services to the poor, funded by local property taxes.
Although local entities can adopt their own assistance guidelines, in most cases the
assistance includes payments to landlords and utilities for rental and utility assistance,
vouchers for food and clothing, as well as burial expenses. The amount for energy
assistance alone is about $2 million per year. About $1.2 million was accepted as a LIHEAP
leveraged resource during FY 1998.
When LIHEAP is operating, the towns do outreach and refer applicants to the community
action agencies who administer LIHEAP. The CAAs may assign representatives to town halls
to take applications. When LIHEAP funds are expended, the CAAs then refer people back to
the towns. The town will pay an energy bill when LIHEAP is operating if a household's
application has not been certified and the household has an energy emergency.
2001: $2.2 million
1998: $1.2 million
1997: $1.1 million
1996: $1.1 million
1995: $1.6 million
1994: $1.4 million
1993: $1.5 million
1997, New Hampshire
Revised Statutes, Title 12, § 165:1-165:4