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Assistance programs in Belknap County.

Find where to apply for emergency financial help. There is government assistance, charities, and churches that give out free stuff. This may be food, school supplies, medical care, furniture, cars, or Christmas toys. There is also rent, security deposit, utility bills, or mortgage help in the Belknap County region.

Agencies, whether the government or non-profits, may give out loans or cash grants.  All of that assistance is combined with income opportunities, free credit or non-profit debt counseling, and budgeting classes. Find help in Laconia and the surrounding county.

Help with rent, energy and heating bills, and other financial aid

St. Vincent De Paul of Laconia runs a financial assistance program that enhances and supplements existing welfare and other government programs by providing assistance for making rent payments. There may also be funds for security deposits, funds for paying medical expenses and bills, child care, transportation, or utility and energy bill payments. The charity helps the poor, vulnerable and elderly among others.

Emergency utility bill assistance may be offered when someone faces a disconnection. Click here to read about utility disconnection laws. In addition, holiday assistance and meals may be offered, free food, and other financial assistance. The objective of the charity organization and its churches is to help people overcome the challenges of poverty. Call (603) 524-5470, or more on Laconia St. Vincent resources.

Gilford and Laconia Town Offices - The state of New Hampshire requires that towns provide emergency financial aid. So call your town to get access to rental assistance, help for paying heating and utilities, free food, medical prescriptions, and limited emergency health care. The towns may also refer residents to other resources when available.

Belknap Community Action Agency - Phone number (603) 524-5.512. Some of the assistance programs offered include emergency crisis support, and this is available as part of the free food pantry which can also provide housing or rent assistance. The agency also runs a security deposit loan program, Mr. Fixit for home repairs, free or low cost income tax preparation/earned income tax credit information.

Last, but not least, is the community action agency and government grants they may have for heating bills and utilities. There is also help for seniors from Meals On Wheels, Neighbor Helping Neighbor and utility assistance programs/discount.




Self-sufficiency is also stressed by the Community Action Agency. One part of this is helping Belknap County residents learn about finances, budget properly, and pay down (or off) any debts or loans. Much of that is offered at no cost, and learn more on free credit or debt counseling.

As far as a job, after all, a decent paying job is a primary way to prevent homelessness and to get back on track with living expenses. So clients can explore options such as the Belknap agencies educational curriculum or GED training. The agency can also help residents find employment and coordinate use of a career center as well.  As there are many free government job training programs in New Hampshire.

Applications for many government programs are available as well. Case managers can help people apply for fuel assistance, SNAP food stamps, and other aid. Find more help from Community Action Program of Belknap.

Low cost or free health care in Belknap New Hampshire

One of the local community clinics is Health First Family Care center. The clinic may be able to offer primary health care care and the medical practice offers low cost sliding scale services. There are cleanings, exams, testing and other resources from the center. The free clinic also accepts Medicare/Medicaid. Call (603) 366-1070.

Food assistance programs

Christ Life Center - The non-profit center is an emergency food pantry for households in need of help, and they will even deliver free food for special circumstances. There may also be household supplies, Christmas food baskets, and canned groceries. Address is 634 Main St, Laconia, NH 03246. Phone: (603) 527-2662.





United Baptist Church of Laconia, phone (603) 524-8775, runs a food pantry. There is also a soup kitchen for Belknap County too.

By Jon McNamara

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