Human Services


Monica Rowe
603-523-9901 or 603-523-4501 Ext. 6
Please feel free to call and schedule an appointment.

9 – 11 AM

Tuesdays/Wednesdays – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Canaan Town Office
1169 US Route 4

Earned Income Tax Credits: Help for low income workers.

EITC can be a boost to you, your family and community. You may be eligible for tax refunds even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file.

Click here to view Covid Related Programs

IRS EITC Information

Process for essential assistance:

Steps:Related Downloadable Forms
Make out an applicationApplication Form
Complete the financial statementIncome & Expense Worksheet
Rental Verification FormVerification 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.


A complete copy of the Canaan Welfare Regulations can be found here. This is a large file, and may take a moment to download.

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 603-448-1558

Tri-County Community Action Program (Tri-Cap):

TCCAP – See their website for contact numbers

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 603-542-9544
LISTEN Community Dinners
Meals on Wheels and Community Lunch Program Mascoma Area Senior Center 603-523-4333
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) 603-448-4553

Utilities (Electricity):

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

Clothing & Household Items:

LISTEN Thrift Store Route 4 West Canaan 603-632-5331
Eye Glasses: Canaan Lions Club (Harry Armstrong) 603-523-7093
Fall coat distribution: United Methodist Church, 1150 US Route 4 Canaan NH; 603-523-7980


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


Life Line Only: Contact Canaan Lions
Consolidated 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 603-448-4400

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


Are you, or someone you know, homeless?  Unable to stay with friends/family? Contact HOMELESS OUTREACH SERVICES: Tri-County CAP 603-443-6150

Additional contacts for Homeless Services:
24/7 call 2-1-1 or 1-866-444-4211 if dialing a “9” first; or,
24/7 call the Upper Valley Haven at 802-295-6500; or,
call Southwestern Community Services regarding the Sullivan County shelter in Claremont, 603-542-3160; or,
call UVGEAR at 603-443-7637.


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