The mission of the Town of Salem Human Services Office is to provide emergency financial assistance and appropriate referrals to Salem residents who are poor and unable according to the State law and according to Town of Salem Welfare Guidelines in a professional and dignifying manner.
Types of assistance provided: The Town of Salem's legal and financial responsibility is to provide for those who are poor and unable financial assistance as a last resort for such necessary items as: food, housing, assistance for heating, for electricity, prescriptions, and other basic necessities of life. Assistance is provided in the form of vouchers or directly to vendors. Cash is not given out to recipients.
Qualifications: The State Law regarding qualification for local General Assistance is broad and is based on a standard of need. Those that are poor and unable to support themselves would be eligible based on the Town Guidelines. A person would first have to complete an application in order to determine eligibility. Monthly income and assets would be considered and compared in relation to the expense of meeting monthly basic necessities in determining eligibility. New Hampshire State Law requires that each town or city have a local welfare office. Please check with your own town for its guidelines and qualifications.
Detailed information and statistics
History of Salem’s welfare service
Other Assistance Programs
If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please select the link to the left for a listing of additional assistance programs that are available
General Assistance Application
If you have an immediate emergency need such as homelessness, an electric disconnect or need food please print the General Assistance Application – and fill out to the best of your ability. Then call for an appointment 8:30-3:00 at 603-890-2130.
Additional Form for Homeowner(S)
Under NH RSA 165:28, if financial assistance is granted to a homeowner, the Town of Salem is required to place a Welfare Lien on any property owned.
Please complete the first page with your household information and at the bottom please list the emergency need. The second page is the release form. ALL household members over the age of 18 need to sign and date form in order for this office to verify information and contact other agencies on your behalf.
Family Financial Affidavit
Under NH RSA 165:19, the applicant’s father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, son, daughter, husband, or wife is required to complete this form to determine their ability to financially assist the applicant.
Please bring in the verifications that apply to your household. Some verifications will not apply in every case.
~ Mason Cooley
A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.
~ Mahatma Ghandi
~ Henry Ward Beecher
The few that have found apartments, we've given them clothes and furniture but it's rare when we can help. There are just not any apartments out there.
~ Gary Whitten, Director of Emergency Services for the Merrimack Valley Branch of the Red Cross.
Human Services Department33 Geremonty DriveSalem, NH 03079
Phone: (603) 890-2130Hours: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Monday-Friday