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Welfare Department


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department is closed to in-person services until further notice. 

During this State of Emergency, utility companies will not be disconnecting service and all evictions have been suspended. Information regarding food pantries, shelter options for the homeless and other resources can be obtained by calling 211 or at

Contact our office by Email or call by phone: (603) 624-6484. if you are experiencing any of the following circumstances: you have less than a one week supply of medication, you need assistance with the cremation expense of a loved one, of if you have less than a 5 day supply of essential food, toiletries, or cleaning supplies and you cannot leave your home due to illness.   A Welfare Specialist will assess your situation, refer you to other resources if appropriate, and determine if you need to apply.  If directed by a Welfare Specialist to complete and submit an application, the necessary arrangements for an interview will be made once the completed application has been received.

The City of Manchester's Welfare Department provides financial assistance to those individuals and families in our coCarol M. Rines center Sign. City of Manchestermmunity who are financially unable to meet their own basic need expense(s), such as:

  • food
  • housing
  • medications
  • utilities

If you do not live in Manchester, contact your local city or town hall for information on how to apply for general assistance in your community.

You can also apply with the State of NH Department of Health and Human Services at 1050 Perimeter Road, Ste 501 in Manchester, 668-2330, for the following types of assistance/programs:

  • ANB - Aid to the Needy Blind
  • APTD - Aid to the Permanently and Totally Disabled
  • Child Care
  • Child Support
  • DEAS - Division of Elderly and Adult Services
  • DCYF - Division of Children, Youth and Families
  • Food Stamps
  • NH Healthy Kids Program
  • Medicaid
  • OAA - Old Age Assistance
  • TANF - Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
Contact Information

City of Manchester
Welfare Department

1528 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101-1350

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Charleen Michaud
Welfare Director

Phone: (603) 624-6484
Fax: (603) 628-6179

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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