• Resources
  • Application
  • Requirements

Resources Available to people in Canaan:

New Hampshire Health & Human Services:

NH Easy Care 1-877-464-2447

NH 2-1-1 Services - Free Referral and Help for NH Citizens in Need:

NH2-1-1 Website Call tollfree at 2-1-1

NH ServiceLink Hotline for Aging & Disability Resources:

NH ServiceLink 448-1558

Emergency Need Assistance:

Upper Valley Haven 802-295-6500

Fuel Assistance:

Tri-County CAP 603-968-3560


Subsidized Senior Housing
Affordable Housing
Senior Housing Guidance

Indian River Apartments for Senior Housing:

Canaan Senior Housing

Food Programs:

Women Infants & Children (WIC) 1-800-942-4321
NH Food stamps: Claremont 542-9544
LISTEN Community Dinners
Meals on Wheels and Community Lunch Program Mascoma Area Senior Center 523-4333
Ending 68 Hours of Hunger 603-359-6581

Food Pantries:

More information is available on the Organizations & Schools Page:
Friends Feeding Friends Food Pantry 603-632-4542
Mascoma Senior Center Food Pantry 603-523-4333
LISTEN Food Pantry (Lebanon) 448-4553

Utilities (Electricity):

Tri County CAP 603-968-3560
NH Electric Assistance Program

Clothing & Household Items:

LISTEN Thrift Store Route 4 West Canaan 632-5331
Eye Glasses: Canaan Lions Club (Harry Armstrong) 523-7093
Fall coat distribution: United Methodist Church, 1150 US Route 4 Canaan NH; 523-7980


Advance Transit 802-295-1824
Mascoma Area Senior Center Bus Service


Life Line Only: Contact Canaan Lions
Fairpoint Communications

Medical/Dental Care:

Mascoma Community Health Center 603-523-4343
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Vermont & New Hampshire
Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Care
N.H. Children's Medicaid 877-464-7447

Crisis Assistance:

WISE 1-866-348-9473
Headrest 448-4400

HALO Substance Abuse Recovery & Support:

Addiction Counseling
Free Peer Support

Mental Health:

West Central Behavioral Health

Addiction Treatment:

Better Life Partners 603-563-0837

Pregnancy Assistance:

Pregnancy Center of the Upper Valley 298-6123
Planned Parenthood 298-7766

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Social Security Administration


Disconnection of public services:
Click HERE

Prohibition of evictions and foreclosures:
Click HERE

Emergency Unemployment Benefits for Self Employed and Employees of others:
Click HERE

Paying the rent:

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New Hampshire households with reduced income or increased expenses may be eligible for rent assistance as part of the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. Information can be found here and applications obtained here. If you need help applying, you can contact the helpful folks at LISTEN Community Services (603-448-4553, here

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Process for essential assistance:

Steps: Related Downloadable Forms
Make out an application Application Form
Complete the financial statement Income & Expense Worksheet
Rental Verification Form Verification Form
Check to see if you are eligible. Eligibility Chart
Meet with Welfare Administrator;
Bring proof of income and resources.

What Canaan requires:

  • We consider all monthly income.
  • We require that you exhaust other benefit programs first.
  • We require you to look for employment.
  • We require you to use the options that are available and least expensive.
  • Notify us of any changes.
  • Doctor's proof of disability.
  • Repay the assistance if and when possible.
  • Complete releases for information verification.
  • Failure to comply will result in loss of assistance.