• 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

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.